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PGCE Secondary: Religious Education Specialism

PGCE Secondary: Religious Education Specialism

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Secondary Schools (General) Religious Studies Teaching In Secondary Schools Teaching (General) Flexible Learning Design

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Course Summary

PGCE RE is designed to be an innovative and dynamic introduction to the rich variety of possibilities for teaching in schools today. The programme has an active approach to learning. You are encouraged to develop your knowledge and understanding of the major religious traditions, other religious traditions, and contemporary secular philosophies. Teaching is by specialists from the traditions, but a central feature of the programme is the use of visits to faith communities. We have good relations with communities representing the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh faiths. London is, of course, particularly rich in its religious and cultural diversity. You will also be expected to look critically at the difficult philosophical issues raised by religion and to develop your thinking about the place and significance of religion today. Thus, there is a strong emphasis not only on what we can learn about religions, but what we can learn from religion, even if we do not share a particular religious world view. In schools, this will mean examining practical strategies for enabling religion to contribute to pupils' spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development.

Teaching is possible within an excellent range of schools with which we work in partnership to ensure successful teaching practice. All mentors in schools are experienced and there are opportunities to work within a variety of cultural and geographical environments. We have strong links with faith community schools including those within the Anglican and Roman Catholic traditions, as well as a range of other state schools and some independent schools.


This module will enable student teachers to develop their subject knowledge and knowledge of the curriculum in their specialism, Religious Education. It will teach them how to take a research-informed approach to key pedagogical skills, including lesson planning, resource design and assessment, as set out in the current Department for Education's Teachers' Standards. The module should be read in conjunction with the Teaching Experience module to allow student teachers to practise these emerging skills.

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Entry requirements

Applicants will be expected to have a degree in religious studies or affiliated subjects with a strong theological or philosophical dimension, such as philosophy or anthropology. At interview, candidates will be asked to think about the contemporary relevance of religious education and, on the basis of this, to construct an engaging argument for its place within the curriculum.

University information

Located in South-West London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The university has a long history dating back over 180 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more