Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Religious Education

This course aims to produce enthusiastic teachers able to inspire interest and engagement with the religious education curriculum. You will develop the skills required to help pupils understand the important part that religion plays in everyday life for many people and communities plus the impact that religion has on wider society, nationally and internationally. The course will introduce you to the aims, objectives and methods of teaching religious education as defined by the National Curriculum for Religious Education. The production and evaluation of teaching materials are key aspects of the course as are lesson planning and evaluation. You will also have opportunities to develop your skills in practical work through �hands on� activities. The programme provides an intensive training experience, focused on equipping you with the skills, knowledge and attributes you will need when embarking on your teaching career. It is designed to meet the requirements of the Teaching Standards and Qualified Teacher Status and also support the development of your: critical understanding of education theory and practice relevant to the subject area; reflective practice linked to professional development; practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning; understanding and application of subject knowledge. The programme includes a mix of on-campus and school/college-based training, with the latter becoming predominant as you progress through the course.

Entry requirements

All applicants, meeting the following criteria, will be invited to a University selection event. On application: A minimum 2.2 Honours degree (or recognised equivalent) with at least 50% content in your chosen subject area (such as religious studies, theology or biblical studies) and a minimum grade C GCSE (or equivalent) in mathematics and English language. See the School of Teacher Education and Professional Learning webpages for details of equivalence tests. 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). Original evidence of GCSEs and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview. Prior to starting the course, students require: Passes in numeracy and literacy tests; a minimum of 10 days work experience in a UK secondary school (we can help to arrange this for successful applicants); an enhanced DBS disclosure check, the cost of which will be met by LJMU; you will also need to complete a medical health questionnaire.

Course modules

Professional practice; developing reflective professional practice; subject pedagogy in biology; pedagogy in practice; learning, teaching and assessment; inclusion.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGDE Full-time - 10 months

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