Newman University Religious Education (V6X1)

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

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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.newman.ac.uk/

Contents

Course summary

This course will prepare you to teach secondary religious education in a variety of school settings, including Roman Catholic faith schools, academies and local authority secondary schools, across the 11-16 age range with post 16 enhancement. You will develop a good understanding of religious education and gain a solid foundation of professional awareness and understanding to help you develop your competence and confidence in imparting your subject knowledge to young people. In addition to enhancing your subject knowledge, the course will develop your practical teaching skills to meet the standards for qualified teacher status (QTS) and will improve your ability to demonstrate a range of key skills, that will support your wider professional development.

The course is designed to help deepen your knowledge and understanding of not only Christianity, which is the main religion taught within all schools, but also all of the other major world religions including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. During your studies you will be introduced to current debates and practices within religious education, as well as those issues relating to the promotion of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils. You will be provided with opportunities to engage in the use of study trips to a variety of places of worship, including synagogues, churches, mosques, temples, Gurdwaras and pagodas in teaching RE.

You will gain a vast amount of experience of teaching as a substantial component of the course involves teaching placements. You will undertake 40 weeks of full-time study at Newman (from early September to the beginning of July), and you can expect to spend at least 24 weeks in school. This focuses on an introduction to secondary teaching, developing standards through partnership school experience and extending and developing your professional skills. Experienced teaching colleagues, including subject mentors – teachers trained to provide beginning teachers with support and guidance - will support you through these placements.

Partnership Tutors from Newman will be allocated to provide advice and support. You will attend taught sessions at Newman providing you with a thorough understanding of education theory that you will be able to apply in the classroom. A key feature of the course is the opportunity to develop your own professional interests thorough individual experiences. You will be encouraged to explore further aspects of religious education with groups of pupils across the age and ability range, including those with special educational needs.

School placements

One of the best features of studying this course at Newman is the high level of tutor support it offers. You may also have the option to study for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS), which enables you to teach in Catholic schools.

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.

Equivalency tests will be accepted in English and maths

A list of accepted equivalent qualifications together with details of Equivalency Tests from Newman University can be found on our website at:

https://www.newman.ac.uk/knowledge-base/gcse-equivalent-qualifications-accepted-by-newman-university-for-teaching-training-courses-programmes/

Personal qualities

The quality and variety of your personal statement is an important factor in the decision to call you to interview. Candidates must attend an interview at Newman University.

Other requirements

Obtaining a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) clearance and meeting the requirements for Fitness to Teach are also required.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

The Faculty of Education at Newman University has been training teachers for over fifty years and has an established reputation for producing high quality teachers, who understand the needs of the children they teach, and develop creative and effective practice. Newman’s experienced tutors and strong relationships with schools throughout the West Midlands will support your learning and ensure high quality education.

These courses will support you with key strategies to become an effective and confident teacher. The PGCE programme is designed to develop and enhance knowledge and understanding of how to become an effective and creative teacher. Upon completion you will be recommended for QTS and may apply for newly qualified teacher roles with an advanced skill set ready to embark upon a successful and rewarding career within the classroom.

The Primary PGCE is available in two options: 3-7 (Early Years/KS1) or 5-11 (KS1/KS2). We offer the following subjects at secondary level: Computing, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science: Biology/Chemistry/Physics.

The Post Graduate Certificate in Education is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable. It is accepted, across the UK and internationally, as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standard expected for entry to the teaching profession.

“High-calibre trainees and NQTs who demonstrate exceptional professional attitudes. They share a passion for teaching and a desire to continually improve their teaching skills. They are held in high regard by local head teachers.” Ofsted 2015

Interview process

Our aim is to make this a two way informative process that is as enjoyable as possible, despite being an interview. We want every candidate to have the opportunity to demonstrate their potential to be a good teacher and to thrive as a teacher in their following career.

Full details of the interview process will be sent to applicants who have progressed successfully to this stage, further details can also be found on the Newman website.

Interview candidates will be invited to our Faculty of Education to meet academic staff and tutors.

The interview day is made up of 2 main components: ● Micro-teaching session with a small group of other candidates, Interviewers will be looking for you to include: a brief introduction; a main body, engaging the audience and making good use of the available time; a definitive ending summarizing the learning ● Personal interview. The interviewer will use your personal statement as a starting point, to find out about you and your interests, experiences and skills, relevant to becoming a teacher

We will be looking for: ● Your passion to become an outstanding teacher ● Good communication skills, including an ability to speak confidently and communicate effectively with individuals and groups ● a knowledge of the National Curriculum in your subject or age area and current educational developments

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

Around 20% of our students tell us they have some additional support requirements, last year we advised over 800 applicants and current students with:

  • Specific Learning difficulties e.g. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia
  • Hearing or Visual loss
  • Physical, mobility and dexterity difficulties
  • Medical conditions e.g. asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, arthritis, ME, MS, cancer, HIV, heart conditions, etc.
  • Mental Health difficulties e.g. depression, anxiety, Bi-polar, etc.
  • Other e.g. autism, speech difficulties, ADD/ADHD, disfigurements, severe allergies, etc.

We believe all students should be equally able to access the services and facilities we provide and participate fully in University life. We can:

  • Advise you about services internally and externally to the University.
  • Help address any concerns about access (environmental or information), and liaise with academic staff about any individual arrangements required
  • Advise about Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) and other funding sources, which can help fund equipment, software, travel costs or one-to-one support to help access your university studies. Visit www.gov.uk/ and search for ‘disabled students’ allowances’.
  • Identify individual arrangements which may help you study more effectively, including issues around missing sessions or concerns about deadlines due to health-related difficulties

We strongly encourage you to indicate that you have a disability, specific learning difficulty or health condition on your application form. This information will be considered separately from your academic suitability for your chosen course, but it helps us understand your access requirements and ensure you have what you need in place to succeed in your studies.

Contact this training provider

Email
admissions@newman.ac.uk
Telephone
0121 476 1181
Website
https://www.newman.ac.uk/
Address
Genners Lane
Bartley Green
Birmingham
West Midlands
B32 3NT

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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