Edge Hill University
Religious Education (V6X9)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgce

Contents

About the course

This PGCE will equip you with a range of academic, professional and vocational knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary to become a high quality and skilled teacher of Religious Education (RE). You will experience professional training, delivered to the highest standard, immersing you in the latest teaching and learning pedagogies. The programme aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as providing practical experience in planning effective RE lessons and learning strategies.

Hands-on classroom experience, and opportunities to further your own subject knowledge is an integral part of the programme and helps you develop useful contacts for the future, through meeting and talking with faith practitioners from a variety of world religions.

If you are a graduate and want to raise cross-cultural awareness and encourage empathy, enquiry and critical thinking in secondary school pupils aged 11 to 16, this is the programme for you.

How school placements work

We work with a range of schools and settings across the North West predominately, working with just over 200 settings in 2018/19. There may be opportunities beyond the North West, but this is considered on a bespoke basis but includes distance placements such as Luton, The Isle of man and the opportunity to be placed from an alternative address e.g. Northern Ireland.

Trainees are placed with children aged 11 to 16 years and undertake assessed placements in at least two different settings. All trainees engage with additional experiences during the programme including Key Stage 2 and transition, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, post-16 teaching and learning and working with learners for whom English is an Additional Language

Hands-on classroom experience, opportunities to further subject knowledge and establishing a wide range of exciting, innovative and interactive teaching methods are integral to the programme. Trainees develop their own learning skills and reflect upon, and take charge of, their own development as a trainee teacher. Trainees gain knowledge of how children learn and how their needs differ. The essential strategies for the core skills of planning, assessment, teaching and classroom management, along with an understanding of the education system, and of the wider professional role of a teacher in school are embedded throughout the trainees’ journey.

Placements vary in length from three day enhancements in specialised settings, up to sixty-nine days block placements.

Trainees are allocated to placements based on a range of criteria including their geographical location, but also in relation to their training needs and requirements.

Fees

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For more details visit our website.

Financial support information for international students can be found here.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time PGCE students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit our website.

Requirements

Qualifications

To join this PGCE, you will be expected to have:

  • A degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours in a relevant subject. Non-relevant subjects may be considered if you have an A Level (or equivalent qualification) in Religious Education and a willingness to engage in subject knowledge enhancement;

  • GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 (or equivalent qualification) in English Language and Mathematics.

Personal qualities

When you apply, you are expected to have:

  • A commitment to, and understanding of, secondary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher

  • Suitable presentational qualities, including a good standard of written English

  • Satisfactory levels of Information and Communications Technology competence

Other requirements

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children.

Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

About the training provider

Edge Hill University is based on an attractive, award-winning 160-acre campus in Lancashire, close to Liverpool and Manchester.

By choosing us for your PGCE, you will be joining a university that has been training teachers for 130 years, offering:

  • Expert tuition – highly experienced tutors and researchers share their knowledge to enable you to become an excellent practitioner. Many of our staff are active in classroom-based research and in publishing national papers and texts for school and colleges, while others have high profile roles within examining boards and subject associations;

  • Working in partnership – we have developed strong relationships with over 3,000 partner schools, colleges and other settings, enabling you to gain extensive experience in a variety of settings, with professional practice placements matched to your training needs;

  • A stimulating learning environment – our Faculty of Education is located in a £9 million purpose-built facility which makes for a stimulating learning environment. This stunning lakeside building features a 300-seat lecture theatre, well-equipped ICT suites and teaching rooms complete with the very latest technology, plus a popular cafe;

  • Outstanding student support – we adopt a personalised approach to your development as a teacher. You will be supported by an Edge Hill tutor and up to two mentors in practice. Your mentors are enthusiastic classroom practitioners, with a real commitment to teacher education, who will spend a considerable amount of time training you. They will also provide specific support in your specialist subject area.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Inclusion Team provide information, guidance and support to applicants and students who have disclosed any of the following: Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), Mental Health, Sensory Impairment, Mobility difficulties or a medical condition e.g. Epilepsy, Diabetes, Heart Condition, Asthma and we work closely with academic and support staff across the University.

Learning Services provides support to students with a specific learning difficulty – SpLD, such as Dyslexia.

We encourage disabled applicants to make contact with us early in the application process to enable us to plan for support you may need right from start of your university course. We provide a friendly and professional service and applicants and students can discuss individual requirements in complete confidence. Our highly experienced team are here to advise about:

  • Impact of disability/health condition and potential impact on study

  • Support available including 1-1 sessions, group support and study skills sessions

  • The benefits of a Student Support Plan

  • Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and eligibility

  • Reasonable adjustments to support your study

  • Exam modifications and alternative assessments

  • Rights and Responsibilities

  • Support whilst on placement (e.g. access and transport)

  • Disclosure and Confidentiality

  • Rights and Responsibilities

  • PEEPs and Emergency Action Plans

One of our priorities is to ensure safe environment for all students. If you have Epilepsy, Diabetes, Asthma or another serious health condition which may require First Aid, we recommend that you complete our Emergency Action Plan. We can discuss this with you when we see you.

Contact details

Email
study@edgehill.ac.uk
Telephone
01695 657000
Website
http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgraduate/pgce
Address
Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
Ormskirk
Lancashire
L39 4QP

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