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Secondary Religious Education with QTS (School Direct) PGCE

Secondary Religious Education with QTS (School Direct) PGCE

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Religious Studies Teaching Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary


Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the religious education secondary school curriculum.

You’ll consider the purpose of religious education in schools, exploring topics from the purpose of life to morality.

You’ll look at creative ways to teach your classes about Religious Education, such as through drama, art, and class trips.

Typically, you’ll visit places of worship from the six major religions and engage in dialogue with people from other faiths and cultural backgrounds. It’s a fantastic opportunity for you to discover places across Greater Manchester for your own class trips, once you’re a qualified teacher.

When you’re at Manchester Met, you’ll mainly study with your PGCE Religious Education (RE) group. You’ll consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona.

You’ll also reflect on topics that sit across the curriculum in schools, such as pastoral care, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE), and citizenship. This helps you to develop subject knowledge that you can use in your future teaching career.

You won’t simply learn teaching methods with us on-campus though – you’ll teach classes in schools too.


Most of our graduates go on to work as Religious Education teachers in secondary schools.

As part of this PGCE, you’re awarded 60 masters’ level credits when you graduate. You could put these towards a masters degree to help you develop your career in the field of education.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Degree You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the National Curriculum for Religious Education. For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree. GCSEs You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. However, applicants are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer MMU GCSE Equivalency tests.

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University offers a welcoming, stimulating and supportive environment in which to study for your postgraduate qualification. The award-winning, inspirational campus in the heart of Manchester provides vibrant learning spaces and excellent facilities across modern and historical buildings that reflect their teaching excellence since 1824. More than 6,000 students choose to study for a postgraduate qualification at...more

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