This Post Graduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Secondary Religious Education (RE) 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.
This course explores secularism and non-secularism education. You’ll 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. We are lucky to host guest speakers from both the local area and further afield across the country – the Humanist UK Society, the County Inspector Adviser for Religious Education and speakers from a number of faiths including, Buddhism, Christianity and Judaism.
As part of the course we also look at pastoral care, Personal, Social, Health and Education (PSHE), and citizenship.
Your assignments 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. Tutors weave together personal experience, practice and research into challenging but highly practical and relevant sessions.
You will learn in first-class facilities through a series of practical seminars and workshops, where interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge.
Sessions may include:
- talks on religious education from the University of Reading and our partnership schools
- micro-teaching sessions on topics such as how to assess pupil’s work and support them to GCSE and A-Level
- visits to sites of religious interest and places of worship
- participating in workshop style sessions with your peers on how to enable pupils to understand the beliefs and practices of different religious people
- working on tasks in groups to learn how to develop critical thinking skills in pupils so they may explore ethical and philosophical issues
- having individual tutorials
- 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.
Alongside the University tutors, you will be taught and guided by a team of committed and experienced University-trained school mentors.