PGCE Secondary Religious Education (QTS)

Course length: 1 year full-time


"The RE programme received high praise from the focus group of trainees I met with."
External Examiner

This PGCE course prepares you to teach secondary Religious Education in a variety of school settings, including Roman Catholic faith schools and other Local Authority secondary schools. Newman has excellent links with Birmingham’s faith communities and the course includes study visits to a variety of places of worship including synagogues, churches, mosques, temples, gurdwaras and pagodas.

During your studies you will be introduced to current debates and practices within Religious Education, as well as those issues relating to the promotion of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils.

School Experience

The structure of the PGCE Secondary Religious Education programme includes 10 weeks study at Newman and 24 weeks of school-based training. This focuses on an introduction to secondary teaching, developing standards through partnership school experience and extending and developing your professional skills. Although most students embark on a career in teaching, previous students have also gone on to work in retreat centres or within multi-faith in-service training. In addition to enhancing your subject knowledge, the course will develop your practical teaching skills to meet the standards for qualified teacher status (QTS) and will improve your ability to demonstrate a range of key skills.

One of the best features of studying this course at Newman is the high level of tutor support it offers. You may also have the option to study for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS), which enables you to teach in Catholic schools.

Teaching Methods and Assessment

A variety of teaching methods are used, including off-site teaching, study visits, seminars, lectures and visiting experts in related fields of RE. Assessment methods include essays, presentations, seminar preparation, school-based reports, teaching files and appraisal of practical teaching skills.

"[The students] felt that the preparation for school experience one was very good and that this calmed the anxieties they had about embarking on their first experience of teaching."
External Examiner


Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (2:2 or above) of which Theology or an R.E related subject forms part, or a recognised equivalent qualification. For full entry requirements please see our admission requirements page.

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2016/17: £9,000*

*From 2017/18 tuition fees may rise in line with inflation.

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Course structure

PGCE Secondary Religious Education (QTS)

An Introduction to Secondary School Teaching
Learning and Teaching in Religious Education
School Experience One
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education
Whole School Issues in the Secondary School
Developing the Standards through Partnership:
School Experience Two (Triple Module)
Becoming a More Effective of Teacher of Religious Education
Developing Professional Standards Through Focus Weeks

These modules may be subject to change.

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Applications are made through UCAS

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