Important

Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

Leeds SCITT 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.

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.leedsscitt.org.uk

Apply

Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022

Contents

Course summary

This course is designed for people who would like to teach at the secondary age phase, 11 to 16. The course lasts for approximately ten months and is divided into three stages, each with the emphasis on being School Centred.

Religion has always been, and continues to be for us today, a powerful driving force in society. It affects us all, whether or not we are believers, and is an intensely curious subject that calls out for better understanding.

A knowledge of religion is needed to inform our own political and social understanding, to enlighten the subtleties of literature and to aid our understanding of history.

Beyond this, the study of Religious Studies is a fascinating one, interesting for its own sake and useful in that it provides an insight into the study of ideas and their accompanying debates. It forces you to examine your own ideas and raises questions where before you thought there were none.

The focus on developing analytical skills means that Religious Education qualifications are valued by colleges and universities.

Trainees develop their knowledge and understanding of the Religious Studies curriculum through conducting research assignments and lesson observations. Professional understanding of the requirements of being a teacher, including behaviour management strategies and how to support pupils with varying needs, are supported by central based training at Leeds Trinity University and at the Lead School.

Throughout the course trainees are fully supported by the Lead Tutor for Religious Studies, a Link Tutor from Leeds SCITT and Subject Specialist Mentors who are dedicated to training the very best teachers.

Trainees are encouraged to become reflective practitioners, assessing their strengths and areas for development throughout the course, which shows progression and develops confidence. The course will give you a solid foundation of the knowledge, understanding and skills required to become a successful Religious Studies teacher and have a challenging and rewarding career.

We are interested in recruiting teachers who can inspire, challenge, and enjoy working with young people, in a way that it allows them to develop their understanding of the importance of religion within society and allowing them to also explore their own personal spirituality.

If you share this vision for young people we want to meet you.

School placements

The first part of your training (the Lead School Experience) is based predominantly in the Lead School for your subject. This school has a specialism in your subject area and the Lead Tutors are subject experts who are also excellent teachers and trainers.

Each school has dedicated training areas so that your training consists of quality time with your Tutors.

The initial training is focused on subject pedagogy:

  • How highly effective planning leads to successful outcomes in the classroom;

  • How you can ensure pupils make good progress in their learning;

  • How you can assess learning to inform next steps and strategies to support highly skilled personalisation.

You will be immersed in the school environment from week one and you will be seen as a professional by school staff, pupils and parents. This allows you to take the theory, thinking and research and implement this in the classroom, ensuring you develop your ‘teacher’ persona as quickly as possible.

The next stage of the course is called Stage A. This is a full-time placement in a partnership school with some core development days at your Lead School and Leeds Trinity University.

During this stage you will have a dedicated Subject Mentor who will observe you teach, support you with your planning and developing your subject knowledge for teaching. They will be your first port of call during this stage of training when you establish yourself in the classroom as the teacher.

The third stage of the course, Stage B is a full-time placement in a contrasting partnership school, again with some core development.

In the last two weeks of the training year, you will have the opportunity to undertake an enrichment and enhancement placement or experiences. What this looks like is entirely different for each trainee as this is a time to pursue an interest- such as working in a SEND school, an additional subject, organising out of school learning and many more options!

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

If you do not already have the appropriate GCSEs, or if you are unable to provide proof of your grades, we can accept GCSE equivalency tests taken with www.equivalencytesting.com, www.astarequivalency.co.uk or Birmingham City University (BCU) www.bcu.ac.uk.

You only need to do the test if you are offered a place with us that you firmly accept. We can only accept tests from these providers and you will need to contact them directly for details on how to book and their costs.

Personal qualities

What we see in successful applications and interviews

People who:

  • Have a proactive and reflective approach to their own development

  • Genuinely desire to support young people and help them succeed

  • Have good interpersonal skills

  • Are friendly and engage with young people

  • Have a great love and enthusiasm for their subject

  • Are organised and can manage time and competing priorities

  • Are innovative and willing to try new ideas

Other requirements

Successful applicants also tend to have:

  • Advanced level qualifications (or equivalent) in Religious Education.

An offer of a place is subject to:

  • A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate
  • A satisfactory medical.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,500

Leeds Trinity postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (ITT) tuition fees are £9,250 in 2020-21 for home students and £12,500 for EU/International applicants. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.

You will not have to pay these fees upfront. Eligible UK students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees from the government.

UK students on non-salaried places studying full-time can apply for a package of maintenance funding from the government to help with general living costs and additional funding if you have children and/or a disability.

Find out more information at www.gov.uk/studentfinance. This website also has a calculator which gives you an estimate of what you will receive.

About the training provider

Leeds SCITT are one of the longest operating SCITTs in West Yorkshire with enviable employment rates.

We work in close partnership with Leeds Trinity University, all of our secondary teacher training courses offer both QTS and a Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) (FHEQ Level 6). However, our trainees are registered to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education qualification (PGCert) (FHEQ Level 7). L6 & L7 awards are from Leeds Trinity University.

All PGCE courses with Leeds SCITT are offered in the 11-16 age range with the opportunity to experience teaching at post-16 level.

As a Leeds SCITT trainee, you will be immersed in the school environment from week one and you will be seen as a professional by school staff, pupils and parents. This allows you to take the theory, thinking and research and implement this in the classroom, ensuring you develop your ‘teacher’ persona as quickly as possible.

Our courses are divided into three main stages. The Lead School Experience is spent predominantly in your Lead School with the other trainees in your subject and this is where you will begin your teaching of classes in pairs or individually.

Stage A is when you start your first full time teaching placement in a partnership school, teaching a reduced timetable with support and guidance from your Subject Mentor.

Finally, Stage B allows you to consolidate your learning in a full time teaching placement in a different partnership school as you prepare for your first teaching job.

Interview process

If you are invited to an interview, you will receive an email from us that explains everything you need to know about your interview. This includes the date, time and the location, as well as what to prepare beforehand and what will happen on the day, so it is really important to read this email very carefully.

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

We’re committed to ensuring that every student with potential, regardless of their background or circumstances, has the opportunity to benefit from higher education.

If you have a disability or additional needs, Leeds SCITT in partnership with Leeds Trinity University will endeavour to put in place reasonable adjustments to accommodate any additional requirements throughout your teacher training year. We’re able to support with conditions such as:

  • Dyslexia
  • Specific learning difficulties
  • Asperger syndrome/autism
  • Visual/hearing impairments
  • Physical and mobility restrictions
  • Long-term medical conditions
  • A mental health condition.

If you register with our Disability Service at Leeds Trinity University, a member of the team will develop a Learning Support Plan tailored to your specific needs. The support within this plan could include exam adjustments, extended library loans, specialist one-to-one study skills, dyslexia screening and assessments, learning materials provided in alternative formats and alternative assessments.

With your permission, they’ll share this plan with your tutor so that they know how to best support you during your university-based training. They can also share this plan with the School Partnerships team, who are able to inform the host schools for your placements so they can discuss how to best support you during your school-based training.

Contact this training provider

Email
admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk
Telephone
0113 283 7268
Website
http://www.leedsscitt.org.uk
Address
Brownberrie Lane
Horsforth
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS18 5HD

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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Apply

Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022