Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Religious Education

This PGDE course prepares you for a fulfilling career as an innovative, confident and creative teacher of Religious Education. Our close links with examination boards; faith communities and national projects ensure that your training is comprehensive and relevant.

Through a personalised programme you will be supported to teach in schools with and without a religious character. We have close links with the many faith communities of Liverpool so through practical workshops, field trips, seminars and lead lectures you will investigate faith and non-faith traditions as they are lived in modern Britain. We explore strategies that challenge misconceptions and stereotypes in the classroom and pedagogies to develop pupils' understanding of being a global citizen. We also work closely with colleagues in local schools who make a collaborative contribution to our course and facilitate workshops with students.

During your training, you will focus on the various approaches and pedagogies for Religious Education emphasising the practical application of theory. A sequence of micro-teaching experiences allow you to develop and share with peers, your understanding of learning and teaching strategies that support effective practice in the classroom. In addition, you will explore signature pedagogies such as philosophy for children; effective use of religious artefacts, and using art to explore religious themes. Sessions will help you deepen your understanding of the role and nature of Religious Education in the curriculum and your own personal philosophy for teaching.

Recognising the many different degree backgrounds of RE teachers, we provide a comprehensive range of individual support programmes before and during the course. These include networking with local hubs; taking part in national projects and online support.

Entry requirements

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 in either a Religious Education-related discipline or a degree in a different subject area e.g. in Arts and Humanities subjects, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Philosophy, Law or Politics. 

If you want to teach Religious Education, but have an insufficient level of the subject in your degree to access the course, a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement course offered online by charitable organisations such as Culham St Gabriel’s could help prepare you to train to teach the subject effectively.

A variety of other SKE option are available in RE so please contact our admissions team to discuss opportunities.

Course modules

University-based study includes: 

  • a full-time block of three weeks at the start of the course in September
  • one day per week until January
  • six one-week study blocks at university between October and June
  • a number of conference days throughout the year

You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work (planning, preparation and assessment); and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.

Assessment methods

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

PGDE assessment methods include: critical reflections on theory and practice, engaging with practitioner enquiry (as both a consumer and producer of research), the design and evaluation of learning experiences, and presentations.

On your placement, 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 co-observation and assessment of your teaching practice, with your mentor and tutor, and the evidence of pupils’ learning and progress in the classes that you teach.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGDE Full-time September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 10 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
IM Marsh campus Liverpool L17 6BD North West

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Key information

Campus or study location: 
IM Marsh campus
Contact: 
Course Enquiries
Telephone number: 
0151 231 5090