University of Winchester Religious Education (2833)

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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.winchester.ac.uk/pgce

Contents

About the course

Informed by research and responsive to developments in secondary education, the programme aims to produce creative and critically reflective teachers able to meet the needs of all pupils. The course prepares you to:

  • Teach the locally agreed syllabi, Key Stage 3, GCSE, AS and A2-level study
  • Cover the essential areas of behaviour management, special education needs and English as an additional language
  • Gain experience of planning, teaching, assessing and evaluating your practical teaching
  • Be informed by current research and grounded in a practical understanding of Holocaust Education, the teaching of emotive and controversial issues, and citizenship
  • Complete academic assignments linking theory and practice

Ofsted commented on the high quality of training at the University that enables students to demonstrate strong breadth of subject knowledge, as well as the ability to reflect on their teaching and ensure a focus on promoting pupil progress. We work closely with the Theology, Religion and Philosophy departments at the University, to provide subject knowledge enhancement sessions. There is an opportunity to achieve SAPERE Level 1 Philosophy for Children Foundation accreditation.

The course prepares you to teach across the age range 11-16 or 11-18 and is structured around five modules - a combination of taught modules based at the University and placement modules based in schools or educational settings. Classroom practice is assessed through placements, totalling 120 days.

Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a PGCE (the potential for up to 60 Master’s level credits) with recommendations for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

To find out more, please visit the University of Winchester.

School placements

We place significant emphasis on enabling you to apply your learning to teaching in the classroom. During your teaching placements you will have the opportunity to work alongside some of the best and most inspiring teachers predominantly in Hampshire secondary schools. However, we also offer a number of placements in neighbouring counties, such as Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Surrey. If you opt for the 11-18 pathway there is an opportunity to teach in a 6th Form setting.

Our Partnership Office will arrange your assessed teaching placements, ensuring that you have two contrasting experiences. Due to the large geographical area that we cover, we are able to offer placements in a variety of settings, including rural, inner-city and coastal schools. During your time in school, you will be allocated a Link Tutor from the University who will mentor and support you for the duration of your placement. The maximum travel time that we allow for teaching placements is one hour and thirty minutes in each direction. Please be aware that you will need to make your own travel arrangements at your own expense.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

A first or second-class Honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in religious studies, theology, philosophy or a related field with a strong element of religious or philosophical study.

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.

Personal qualities

We will look for evidence of a commitment to the teaching profession, an understanding of professional requirements, and an awareness of current educational issues in an application. Prior experience in a school is not required, however prospective students may find experience in a school useful for obtaining insights into the secondary education classroom. Experience in a school or similar setting may also provide reassurance to prospective students that teaching is the right choice for their career.

Other requirements

If you accept an offer of a place you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check and Prohibition Order check.

If you have spent time overseas in the last 5 years you may also be required to obtain criminal records checks from each of the countries you visited.

You will also be required to complete an occupational health check to confirm that you are fit to teach. The University of Winchester will send you more information about when and how you need to complete each of these checks if you accept our offer.

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 £14,100
  • Please note, students from the EU (excluding Republic of Ireland) are charged the international fee. Students from the Republic of Ireland are charged the same fee as UK students.

Applicants to this course are expected to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance prior to beginning the course at the University. Our Admissions Team will be in contact with further information about when and how to obtain this clearance after an offer has been accepted. Please note, the cost of the check is covered by the applicant (currently £40).

About the training provider

The University of Winchester has a long history in teacher education and is recognised by Ofsted as an ‘Outstanding’ provider. The University of Winchester offers a stimulating and supportive learning environment that challenges and inspires trainees. Our passion is to provide a university experience that helps you reach your full potential and make a real difference to children’s lives.

The city of Winchester is a beautiful, historic cathedral city, located an hour from London by train. It has a rich heritage and vibrant contemporary culture and is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the UK (Halifax Quality of Life Survey).

Interview process

If you already meet or are expected to meet our entry requirements, and have demonstrated your passion and commitment to teaching in your application, you will be invited to attend an interview. The interview is your chance to demonstrate your potential to become a successful teacher. The interview day consists of a written task, individual presentation and interview.

Further information about the format of the day will be sent to you via email in advance of the interview date. The interview is also your chance to find out more about the University, the course and our campus, so if you are invited to interview please take the opportunity to explore our facilities. If you are located outside the UK we are able to consider Teams/Zoom or telephone interviews.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Your wellbeing is our priority and we will do all we can to enable you to flourish and realise your potential. We have a dedicated student support team to help with any questions or challenges you might experience during your studies. We work with you to support your wellbeing and mental health, provide confidential advice and offer workshops to boost your academic skills. If you have a disability or learning difference, we encourage you to get in touch before you apply so we can discuss tailored support for your individual needs.

Contact this training provider

Email
admissions@winchester.ac.uk
Telephone
01962 827234
Website
http://www.winchester.ac.uk/pgce
Address
University of Winchester
Sparkford Road
Winchester
Hampshire
SO22 4NR

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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