Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Secondary Education (Religious Education, 11-16)

This programme adopts an open and exploratory approach and has been designed to prepare students to teach religious education (RE) in a multicultural context; the University based programme includes an examination of the place of RE in the school curriculum, the legal position of RE, world religions, the theories underpinning the various approaches to RE that students find in practice in the classroom; students explore current debates in the teaching of RE and examine various teaching methods and approaches used to deliver RE; this includes the new National Curriculum and the Secondary National Strategy; this strand of the programme also addresses teaching and learning with relation to the Every Child Matters agenda for education; throughout the aim is to bring together theory and practice; the work in school both informs and is informed by your work in University; in both areas students need to reflect upon your learning; over the course of the year we hope students develop their own philosophy about both the subject and about how to teach it to enable students in schools to be excited by their learning and thinking about religion; the programme enable students to meet the QTS Standards in respect of pupils aged 11-16; there are also opportunities to undertake university based education for planning, teaching and assessing the post-16 age range.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.2 degree in religious studies or theology (or combination with philosophy), anthropology, African studies, sociology, classics or history; minimum of 2 weeks in a mainstream secondary state school in England; 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) including English and mathematics; applications from candidates who have lived, for example, in India and have a strong interest in religions may be considered; in addition applicants are expected to have enthusiasm for religious education and for working with children.

Assessment methods

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that the student�s learning is appropriate and effective; assessment takes account of both the programme experience and the school or setting phase and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks; we support students in developing a rigorous evidence-based account of their educational journey.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 9,250 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Newton Park Campus Bath BA2 9BN South West

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