Pioneers Partnership SCITT Religious Education (2R7W)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

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 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Pioneers Partnership SCITT offers the one year Secondary Religious Education training route programme for the 11-16 age range, leading to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). We are extremely proud to work with our partnership schools across the Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire regions, who share our vision, and provide bespoke, subject specialist mentoring to our cohort of trainees.

We offer a comprehensive training programme, underpinned by the best available evidence which provides regular opportunities for you to rehearse, practise and refine key skills with your mentors and helps you to understand what the theory ‘looks like’ in practice. You will be encouraged to continually reflect upon your practice, identifying your strengths and implementing strategies to improve your practice further.

Our curriculum is ambitious: the aim is to prepare you to be curriculum leaders of the future. Content is carefully planned and sequenced to ensure progression of skills throughout the academic year. You will begin with a focus on approaches to managing behaviour and securing subject knowledge for teaching RE which is refined throughout the programme.

Over the course of the year, you will learn how to confidently and efficiently plan well sequenced lessons, provide effective instruction, check for student understanding and adapt your teaching to meet the needs of your students.

As a school centred training provider, we offer above the minimum requirement of 120 days of school experience, which provides you with ample opportunity to experience life as a teacher within the classroom. Our package allows trainees to develop their teaching first hand within schools four days each week, whilst each Thursday is set aside for high quality centralised training at our training base in Middleton. We provide a second placement in a different school for all trainees, which is a ten-week period in the Spring term. This is designed to enable you to gain knowledge and experience of teaching within a contrasting setting. In addition to this, we provide you with the opportunity to gain experience of transition, through enrichment visits to KS2, Post-16 and SEND settings.

When you train with us, you also have the opportunity to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) with our university partner. Two assignments will be completed during the academic year and successful completion offers 60 credits at Master’s level.

School placements

The main training placement for this particular post will be at one of our partner schools in the Greater Manchester region. The school placements, totalling at least 28 weeks, will be split into different phases: Block A (host school, typically September- July) and Block B (a ten-week contrasting placement in the Spring term). This will begin with observations of expert teachers and very soon, you will be given the increasing responsibility for teaching groups of students, whilst also gaining understanding of a teacher’s pastoral responsibilities. Your second placement will give you the opportunity to develop your teaching in a contrasting school within the Partnership. Here you will develop the skills from your host placement school and adapt them to the needs of different groups of learners in a different environment. You will then return to your host school where it will enable you to consolidate key skills further. Structured enrichment opportunities will also provide experience across different phases and types of provision including KS2, Post-16 and specialist SEND provision.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in religious education or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We are looking for talented graduates who have the enthusiasm, passion and resilience that being an outstanding teacher requires. Teacher training is a challenging programme and we are looking for the commitment that will ensure that trainees complete the year successfully. Excellent subject knowledge is expected, and the ability to communicate effectively. We understand that some applicants will have less experience but some time in schools, either working or observing would be beneficial. Above all, we are looking for applicants who have a genuine enthusiasm for working with young people, along with the drive to become an outstanding teacher.

Other requirements

All successful applicants will undertake a DBS check and a Health Check which determines ‘fitness to teach.’

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

Bursaries are available for a number of different secondary subjects. Student finance options are also available. Further details are available on the ‘Get Into Teaching’ website.

About the training provider

The Pioneers Partnership SCITT is committed to providing the highest quality teacher training, ensuring those who begin their careers with us are reflective, inquisitive and confident practitioners. Our vision is underpinned by a strong moral purpose to serve the pupils of our partner schools, by improving the life chances of those children, some of whom come from the most deprived areas of the country. Having completed your training with us you will also be able to access a programme of Continued Professional Development through your employing school, who will provide you with support for the next step of your career. We are proud of our very strong employment rates and many of our alumni now hold positions of responsibility within our partnership schools. The benefits of our school centred programme include:

  • You are immersed in school life from the very start of the course and join your host school as a valued member of their staff.
  • Free membership to professional associations, providing access to further CPD opportunities and a network of experts in your subject
  • All training is delivered by expert practitioners and provides the opportunity to apply theory to classroom practice.
  • Trainees complete the course with many more hours classroom experience than those who have followed a university-led route, leaving them more confident and skilled as they embark on their ECT year.
  • As well as Qualified Teacher Status, you have the opportunity to work towards the internationally recognised PGCE qualification (with Manchester Metropolitan University).

Interview process

We are looking for talented graduates who have the enthusiasm, passion and resilience that being a great teacher requires. Teacher training is a challenging programme and we are looking for the commitment that will ensure that trainees complete the year successfully and go on to have successful careers. Excellent subject knowledge is expected, along with the ability to communicate this effectively to students of all ages and abilities. Above all, we are looking for applicants who have a genuine enthusiasm for working with young people, along with the drive to secure progress for them, supporting them to be able to access the next stage of education and fulfil career aspirations. All applicants who demonstrate that they meet the eligibility criteria will be considered. The Director of SCITT and Partnership schools will shortlist and invite successful applicants for interview. The interview will include:

  • Lesson observation
  • A chance to meet with students
  • Literacy and numeracy tasks
  • Formal interview
  • An opportunity to ask questions about the course

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

The training partnership confirms its commitment to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities for trainees and prospective trainees in all aspects of its teaching and examination; its counselling of trainees; the way it affords access to any of its benefits, facilities and services. The aim of the partnership is to ensure that no trainee or prospective trainee receives less favourable treatment directly or indirectly on grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origins, gender, sexuality, marital or parental status, disability, creed, social or economic class.

Contact this training provider

Kenyon Lane
M24 2GT

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