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PGCE Secondary Religious Education with QTS (11-16)

PGCE Secondary Religious Education with QTS (11-16)

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) Teaching In Secondary Schools Religious Studies Secondary Schools (General)

Course type


Course Summary

The world is a diverse place. As a Religious Education (RE) teacher, you’ll show young people the range of worldviews and perspectives which people around the world hold, and how this informs the way communities live their lives.

Our PGCE Secondary Religious Education delves into the values and academic skills you’ll need. Get to grips with contemporary teaching styles and methods, and further your knowledge of this fascinating subject.

We’ve designed this course so you can combine learning on campus with practical experience in the classroom. Whenever you need support or feedback, you can turn to your subject specific tutors and school-based expert mentor. We’re here to help you become the best teacher you can be.

This course equips you for your future career, offering hands-on experience in planning RE lessons. You’ll also get the chance to meet and build connections with representatives from a range of world views including Humanism and Veganism, alongside members of traditional faith communities.

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


PGCE Secondary Professional Practice 1 sits outside the credit-bearing structure of the PGCE. It houses the first period of professional practice that will typically be undertaken between the end of October and February. This professional practice will be in a secondary school setting and focused on Years 7-11 classes. Lasting approximately 60 days, the placement will be divided into an initial phase and developmental phase. The initial phase will involve mostly observing experienced teachers at work before the developmental phase where you will begin to teach parts of lessons. Your teaching time will gradually increase until you are teaching approximately 50% of a standard teachers timetable by the end of the placement.

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Entry requirements

To join this PGCE, you will be expected to have: A degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours in a relevant subject. Other subjects may be considered if you have an A Level (or equivalent qualification) in Religious Education and a willingness to engage in subject knowledge enhancement; GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification); Satisfactory levels of Information and Communications Technology competence; A commitment to, and understanding of, secondary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher. Please note, for the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.

University information

Edge Hill University has been established since 1885 and continues to live up to its ethos of ‘creating opportunity from knowledge’. Students who opt to attend Edge Hill will benefit from an exceptional education thanks to its cutting-edge research, scholarship opportunities, contemporary facilities and most importantly its passionate, dedicated teaching staff. Students are empowered to craft their own future, learning in ways that work for...more