University of Worcester
Religious Education (3CQH)
PGCE with QTS, full time or part time
- Financial support
- Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
PGCE with QTS
A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to
teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.
Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.
- Course length
- 1 year
- Date you can apply from
- 8 October 2019
- Date course starts
- September 2020
About the course
This is the ideal time to train to become a confident, effective and reflective RE teacher because of religion’s influence on individuals, culture and society.
- Equip young people with the skills and knowledge needed to help them explore life’s deepest questions, as they develop their independence and work out how to live a good life
- Be taught by an enthusiastic, experienced and inspiring tutor who will individually support each trainee
- Work in an RE department supported by teachers who are passionate about RE and teaching
- Experience the collaborative spirit of the course; share your emerging ideas; and work together to develop strategies and resources
Training at Worcester will:
- Challenge you to consider not only how to teach religious education, but also why it should be taught and what we should be teaching to inspire and motivate young people in an ever-changing world
- Equip you with a range of religious education activities, resources and teaching ideas that you can use in the classroom
- Introduce you to current research and pedagogical methods in RE
- Keep you updated on current issues within religious education
- Introduce you to the local religious community
The Religious Education course is well received by trainees and employment prospects are excellent both locally and further afield.
Visit our website to find out more: https://www.worcester.ac.uk/courses/pgce-secondary-religious-education
You will be trained to teach 11-16 with post 16 enhancement.
An integral part of the course is to support you in gaining a post as a teacher. Each year around 50% of our trainees gain employment in our partnership schools. Newly Qualified Teachers have one of the highest employment rates of all graduates and are very much in demand. Employment rates over the past 5 years have consistently been 95%+. At the end of the course we will support you in your transition from the PGCE year into your first teaching post, and beyond.
You will be assessed on the basis of course work including written assignments, a resource task and an oral presentation of a small research project, as well as on your teaching practice.
The selection process:
Trainees are recruited through a rigorous selection process. The team consider the personal statement and reference to decide whether to offer an interview.
At interview, you will be asked to complete:
- A timed written task
- A short presentation (details sent out with the interview invite)
- A group task
- An interview with two people usually a university tutor and a mentor from school
For your application, you will need two references which are submitted online.
How school placements work
We work very closely with our partner schools, to provide you with high quality teacher training to prepare you for your first teaching job and beyond. Our partner schools provide a range of settings from rural to inner city. Most schools are within a 30 mile radius of the University. You will practise teaching in at least two schools.
The course is designed with periods in University to give you the opportunity to reflect on your future development. Former trainees have made positive comments on the balance between theory and practice, carefully structured sessions, tutors’ commitment to supporting trainees and trainees supporting each other and sharing good practice.
In each school you will be supported by a Professional Mentor, as well as your Subject Mentor. Their job is to see that you get as much out of your teaching placements as possible, and provide you with support and guidance. At interview you may meet teachers from our partnership schools as they take part in the selection process alongside University tutors.
The course fees for 2020 – 2021 are as follows:
Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.
Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.
We organise occasional visits to increase subject knowledge. Travel costs are at your own expense but we do encourage car sharing. In addition there is sometimes a fee but this is not normally more than £20 in total.
In addition, we encourage you to join subject specific associations. The cost is typically between £25 to £50 for which you benefit from their support, guidance and resources.
Degree or equivalent:
Honours degree (usually 2:2 or above) from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification, in a relevant subject. Please email email@example.com if you are unsure of the relevance of your degree.
Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.
Grade C/level 4 at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of entry.
University of Worcester equivalency tests are available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We are looking for trainees who are:
- skilled and inspirational subject specialists
- confident and reflective practitioners
- effective communicators who can work in partnership
- informed intellectuals who promote a love of learning
- resilient professionals able to demonstrate high standards of personal conduct
School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities you have had to work with school-aged children. At this point we will discuss with you whether additional school experience would support you in deciding that teaching is right for you.
Health and Physical Capacity to Teach:
The DfE requires all trainees to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach. People with disabilities or chronic illnesses may have the capacity to teach, just as those without disabilities or medical conditions may be unsuitable to teach.
All entrants to ITE programmes will be subject to appropriate pre-selection checks, including an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service), criminal records checks and children’s barred list information.
About the training provider
The University of Worcester has a long-standing reputation for training excellent, highly employable teachers. Personalised academic and professional tutoring, from a range of experienced tutors and mentors, ensures that you will be supported throughout your course and in transition from trainee to teacher. With extensive research profiles, your learning is shaped by those helping to shape education itself.
You will benefit from our excellent partnerships with schools, in a wide range of geographical locations. With excellent support and dedicated school experience tutors, you will have the opportunity to flourish as an effective teacher, as part of your training.
Our PGCE courses offer Master’s-level credits as well as Qualified Teacher Status, and provide excellent opportunities.
Our Primary courses include a high quality tailored programme of training in all National Curriculum subjects, in addition to SEND and RE.
Trainee teachers at Secondary level can choose to add depth to their qualifications by involvement in additional enhancement programmes in key areas such as Special Educational Needs and Disabilities; working with learners who have English as an Additional Language; developing expertise in Citizenship; developing skills in a second STEM subject; preparing to be Education Leaders, or developing skills in Technology Enhanced Learning.
At Secondary level we also offer pre-training Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses in a range of subjects for those who need them.
Our inclusive courses attract applicants from a range of career and study backgrounds, including career changers and we welcome applications from all who meet our entry requirements.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The University of Worcester offers a wide range of support and advice to disabled students and also to parents, staff and those external agencies supporting disabled students.
Our Disability and Dyslexia Service offers support, advice and guidance to students who have a disability, medical condition or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD). This support lasts throughout a student’s studies at the University of Worcester. We also work with and offer support and advice to University staff on how to meet the needs of disabled students.
We can provide assistance through:
- Supporting disabled students with general enquiries
- Implementing special arrangements for lectures, exams and field trips. This might include notes in advance or special arrangements in exams.
- Where appropriate, we can arrange note takers, academic support tutors, library assistance, interpreters and transcribers.
- Help with applying for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) which is there to fund these types of support in higher education.
- Limited loans of equipment
- Confidential advice and support for students and staff
- Training and awareness raising workshops
- Assistive technology
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