This Post Graduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Secondary Religious Education course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach the 11-18 age group in secondary schools in England and Wales.
You will be supported, taught and guided by an experienced school mentor as well as academics, allowing you to benefit from the breadth of their expertise and understanding of education.
There will be plenty of opportunities, throughout your course, for you to apply your developing skills in real settings. In schools, you will be involved in:
- observation of other teachers
- planning and teaching parts of lessons/small groups
- planning and teaching lessons and sequences of lessons
- reflecting on and evaluating your teaching
- receiving feedback on your teaching
- gaining experience of the range of responsibilities of classroom teachers
The University of Reading Institute of Education, course explores secularism and non-secularism education. You will consider the purpose of religious education in schools, exploring topics such as morality, philosophy, ethics and logic. You will have the opportunity to visit places of worship to explore how these buildings can be used in teaching, but also to engage in dialogue with people of different faiths, particularly in the local areas in and surrounding Reading. As part of the course you will also look at pastoral care, Personal, Social, Health and Education (PSHE), and citizenship. Sessions may include:
- participating in workshop style sessions with your peers
- attending presentations by subject experts
- working on tasks in groups
- having individual tutorials
- visits to schools or other education settings
- visits to theatres, museums, galleries or sites of educational interest
- writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies
These learning activities will help you to develop a toolkit of knowledge and skills, ensuring you are well prepared to tackle challenges and opportunities throughout your training and your career.
You will be given assignments that are designed to help you plan your teaching effectively and imaginatively and to evaluate your skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils. There are also three assessment opportunities that monitor your progress against the Teaching Standards. These reports will highlight your strengths and help identify the areas that need further development.