Liverpool John Moores University
Train to become an outstanding teacher of Secondary Religious Education with Liverpool John Moores University. Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Learning R.E. enables pupils to gain insights from a variety of religions and philosophies. Through exploring the dilemmas we meet in life from the personal to the global, the study of R.E. gives young people practice in essential skills such as empathy and sensitivity.
The PGDE in Religious Studies at LJMU, will enable you to develop the skills your learners need to understand the important part that belief plays in everyday life for many people and communities and the role that religion has in our wider society, nationally and internationally.
Applicants will normally have a degree in a religious education-based discipline but we also welcome applications from those who have a knowledge of and enthusiasm for the study of Religion yet have a degree in a different subject area (e.g. Arts and Humanities, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Philosophy or Politics). Funded subject knowledge enhancement courses are available for those who have a degree in another specialism but are committed to the importance and value of Religious Education in schools.
We positively welcome applications for the PGDE in Religious Education from those who have enthusiasm for the teaching of Religious Education and who have an interest in the world around them. To apply for this this PGDE, you may have a first degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Religious Education-related discipline or a degree in a different subject area (for example in Arts and Humanities subjects, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Philosophy or Politics). The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above.
Additional requirements for the programme include:
- GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification)
- A demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience. A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in a UK Secondary school is normally required prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants
Applicants will need to pass Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy prior to entry to this programme. A Disclosure and Barring Service check and a DfE Fitness to Teach health form are required.
The University-element of the programme is based around six core modules focusing on:
- Professional Practice (a series of school-based investigations of current issues)
- Developing Reflective Professional Practice (enabling you to effectively evaluate your school-based practice)
- Subject Pedagogy in Religious Education (in depth support and practical training in your subject specialist area, drawing on the latest research and classroom-based innovation)
- Pedagogy in Practice (focusing on the skills required for effective teaching and learning including medium-term planning and assessment in your subject)
- Learning Teaching and Assessment (developing your skills in school-based action research so that you can identify what works best for your learners)
- Inclusion (ensuring you are fully prepared to meet the diverse needs of your classes)
School-based training involves the preparation and delivery of learning sequences and lessons to small groups and whole classes of learners, with expectations and workload increasing during the course. This work is supported by a teacher-mentor who will enhance your professional learning experience in school.
Course assessment methods include: critical reflections on research and practice, small scale research projects, the design and analysis of learning experiences, presentations and a portfolio of professional activities.
You will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to maintain a professional development portfolio associated with these.
A final assessment of your achievement of the Teachers’ standards required will be based on observation and assessment of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.
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