Student teachers within the Religious Education, Geography and History subject specialisms are taught as a PGCE Humanities group.
You will have specialist inputs on your chosen subject and also gain experience of issues in planning and teaching cross-curricular work within the Humanities. Your two school placements are in your specialist subjects.
Religious Education is an exciting and relevant subject which plays a major role in helping children to contribute to a cohesive and compassionate society.
The PGCE programme is both challenging and rewarding and we hope that it will develop both your enthusiasm and confidence as a teacher and Religious Education specialist.
PCGE Secondary Religious Education aims to:
Support students to extend and deepen their subject knowledge of Religious Education:
Expose students to a wide range of strategies for teaching and learning and assessment in Religious Education;
Support students in exploring the use of ICT in Religious Education teaching and learning, including Internet resources and services and Blackboard as integral parts of the course; and
Support students to individualise their learning on the course as competent and committed professionals.
The Religious Education subject specialism will cover a variety of areas including:
- The meaning and purpose of Religious Education;
- Teaching RE at KS3, GCSE and A Level;
- The possibilities, opportunities and limitations in the implementation of the non-statutory National Curriculum Framework for Religious Education;
- Assessment in Religious Education;
- Learning about and learning from religion;
- Teaching religion in a diverse community;
- Social, moral, spiritual and cultural development;
- Holocaust Education;
- Emotive and controversial issues;
- Curriculum Design; and
- Personal, Social and Health Education.
Continuous assessment is used throughout the course and there are no examinations.
Applications are welcome from students with an Upper Second (although 2:2 will be considered) in a RE-related degree such as Religious Studies, Theology, Philosophy or in a closely related discipline.
Those students with joint or combined honours degrees in relevant subjects are also welcome to apply e.g. Arts/Humanities, Law, Sociology or Social Anthropology where a significant amount of time was spent studying religion in other contexts.
A good A level pass in Religious Studies would also be beneficial and students should be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for Religious Education at interview.