BHSSA Religious Education (3FGK)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
University of Sussex
Financial support
Salary
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.hovepark.org.uk/

Contents

About the course

We believe that Religious Education is an integral part of any school curriculum, offering students the opportunity to think critically and creatively whilst providing opportunities to develop an understanding and appreciation of religions and their contribution to individuals, communities and societies.

Whether at Key Stage 3, GCSE or A Level, Religious Education and the disciplines of Philosophy and Ethics allow students to both learn about and learn from different religious traditions whilst developing skills of reflection, enquiry, evaluation, analysis and empathy.

Through this course, trainee teachers will learn how to develop an interest in a rigorous study of religion amongst students and adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to Religious Education. Trainees will encourage students to consider their own as well as others’ responses to big questions of meaning, purpose and life as well as challenging each individual to develop academically, offering a high quality and holistic education supporting students to construct balanced and informed arguments and responses to Religious, Philosophical and Ethical concepts.

Through a rigorous training programme, trainees will use their passion to plan, teach and evaluate lessons that support their students answer fundamental questions and make progress in one of the most rewarding subjects of the school curriculum. We look to ensure all trainee teachers at Sussex University are offered bespoke support and guidance in terms of subject knowledge, experience and studies, consequently opening doors and enabling them to become excellent reflective practitioners, innovative leaders and resilient teachers of the future. You will:

Learn how to create and develop resources including an appreciation of the sensitive issues that can often come with teaching Religious Education, and how to approach them Be exposed to many different methods of how to assess student work Observe and then successfully use and apply varied approaches to behaviour management Learn and consider how to support student of different Key Stages Learn and consider to support students of different abilities Grow in confidence as the year progresses. Our university-based sessions are led by outstanding experienced practitioners from local schools as well as by university teacher educators who will share their enthusiasm and professional knowledge to provide trainees with opportunities to progress in teaching and learning and engage and enthuse students.

School placements

Our Full-time Course You will undertake two periods of Professional Practice in two contrasting schools over the academic year September to June, training to teach in Key Stage 4 (14-16) and Key Stage 5 (16-18).

Placement 1: End of September to February halfterm. Trainees benefit from a serial placement where the working week is divided between four days in school and a day of reflection and training at the University on Fridays. This ensures a weekly focus on theory and pedagogy as well as practice.

Placement 2: February Halfterm to Easter in a contrasting school or college with a return to your original placement school until May half term to complete the course. There are fewer University days to give you experience of working a 5 day school week.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and Maths, or equivalent qualification

We require candidates to source and undertake GCSE Equivalency tests at their own expense. We can accept equivalency test passes from ‘A Star’ and ‘Equivalency testing.com’

Personal qualities

As a partnership we are looking for;

  • A passion for RE and interest and involvement beyond your degree
  • A strong knowledge and understanding of the study of RE, and a sound awareness of how the subject is taught within UK secondary schools
  • Effective communication skills and good organisational skills
  • Awareness of current educational developments and issues
  • Experience with young people and commitment to developing individuals
  • The ability to evaluate practice and address your weaknesses
  • Initiative, flexibility and responsiveness to change
  • A sense of responsibility and ability to work in a team.

Other requirements

Working with children: You must not be excluded from working with children, as a result of a criminal record or other reason. The Disclosure and Barring Service provides access to records held nationwide through its disclosure service. All trainees must obtain successful DBS clearance before starting an Initial Teacher Education programme.

  • Health requirements: All trainees must be screened for mental and physical fitness to teach by the University’s Occupational Health Department before admission to the programme.

Salary

The School Direct: Salaried route is employment-based and requires the trainee to be employed by a school as an unqualified teacher on a salary of approx. £16,000 whilst they train. Candidates get 60 days training and can be required to teach up to 80% of a teachers’ timetable. As an employee of a school, candidates have the same rights and responsibilities as any other teacher at that school. This route is therefore aimed at high-quality graduates with three or more years’ worth of career experience. No fee is payable as the £3,000 tuition charge is paid by schools on trainees’ behalf.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

The Brighton & Hove School Direct Partnership is a large alliance of schools from Brighton & Hove and the surrounding area. As a partnership Hove Park School is the Lead School in an alliance of 27 different schools from across the City and beyond, and we are committed to initial teacher training, we feel that training with us is a highly rewarding and innovative experience that will provide you with an excellent training ground in your first steps to becoming an outstanding practitioner.

  • The Primary, secondary schools and Sixth form Colleges in our alliance have had consistently good and outstanding OFSTED grading for their teaching and learning in recent years.
  • Our schools are very experienced in both university and school based teacher training routes, and mentors and coaches are well trained to support you through your training year. We also have a network of very supportive and experienced professional tutors and in-school mentors that will stretch and challenge you, so that you become the best practitioner that you can over the year.
  • The diversity within the partnership enables you as a trainees to engage with a wide variety of teaching methods and styles of learning.
  • Each year we have a large selection of trainees in our schools, including PGCE, so you will not be alone but will benefit from the peer to peer support that is so important when learning new skills.

Interview process

Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to a selection event either face to face or online via Zoom. Following a successful interview schools will then invite the candidate for a school interview.

As part of the interview process candidates can expect to;

Before the selection day

  • Listen to a video talk giving further information about the course
  • Complete some paperwork including our ‘Suitability for Teaching Declaration’. Both the above will be sent to you by email in your invitation to interview

On the selection day

  • Have an individual online interview, via Zoom or face to face with a tutor and an experienced teacher from a partnership school
  • Deliver a short pre-prepared classroom type teaching task or presentation to the panel. You will receive details of the task in your invitation to interview.
  • Show the interview panel a form of photo ID on camera or in person for checking
  • Have an opportunity to ask the panel questions you may have about the course and your individual circumstances.

After the selection day

  • If we offer you a place on the course and you decide to accept we will need you to provide your original Undergraduate Degree, and GCSE Maths and English certificates

Showing an awareness of the curriculum and school life is part of the selection process so candidates may wish to prepare themselves by spending some time in an appropriate school setting for the subject/phase they intend to teach beforehand.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

As a partnership we do our best to cater for all individual needs. Applicants would need to be in contact with the schools directly to see what support they have in place.

Contact this training provider

Email
schooldirect@hovepark.org.uk
Telephone
01273082841
Website
http://www.hovepark.org.uk/
Address
Hove Park School
Hangleton Way
Hove
East Sussex
BN3 8AA

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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