Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Religious Education

The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.

Religious Education is a demanding curriculum area where pupils reflect on their own beliefs and values and develop critical thinking skills to enable positive action in their communities. Trainees will encounter cultural diversity through visits to places of worship from the six major religions in Manchester and engage in dialogue with people from other faiths and cultural backgrounds. There is an emphasis on both practical and theoretical teaching skills.

A minimum of 120 days school based practice training is combined with university based training and periods of independent study. Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.

This course is available via University led and School Direct routes. We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.

Entry requirements

Degree
You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification at 2:2 or above, or equivalent in Theology, Religious Studies, or equivalent.

Candidates with degrees in philosophy and other related subjects will occasionally be considered for interview. However such candidates are most likely to be advised to increase and deepen their subject knowledge as a condition for entry on the course. This can be done through Open University modules.

For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.

GCSEs
You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics.  However, applicants are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer MMU GCSE Equivalency tests. These will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor, and only offered if considered appropriate after interview.

Additional requirements
All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy.  A Disclosure and Barring Service check and a DfE Fitness to Teach health form are required.

Course modules

Practice Credit 1 – Induction Phase

This unit runs during the first five weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with eight full days of placement in a school or college. Where opportunity allows, you may also attend the placement in subject groups (or in pairs) and will have a programme of activities planned by University tutors in consultation with the Subject Mentors in the departments used for the placement. Most of the sessions in this unit will be scene-setting around schools, the curriculum, KS3 strategy and current issues, with a focus on addressing current developments in subject teaching that can be explored in the induction placement.

Practice Credit 2 – Teaching Placement Block A – Formation of Personal Practice

This unit runs during the Autumn Term for approximately eight weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with 32 full days placement in a school or college. You will be allocated to subject departments in schools and colleges. They will follow a common pattern of placement-based activities but their progress through the unit will be based on a) gradualism and b) professional experience, needs and competence.

Practice Credit 3 – Teaching Placement Block B – Development of Personal Practice

This unit runs during the spring and summer terms for approximately 10 weeks of the 36 week PGCE Programme. It is associated with approximately 45 full days placement in a school or college. You will be allocated to subject departments in schools and colleges. You will then follow a common pattern of placement-based activities but your progress through the unit will be based on a) gradualism and b) professional experience, needs and competence.

Practice Credit 4 – Enrichment Phase

The Enrichment Unit requires you to demonstrate evidence that you have met all QTS Standards. In this case, the unit will provide you with challenging and innovative collaborative opportunities, both within and beyond your subject area, and in a variety of alternative settings. Indicative Standards that you may focus on for innovative practice include:

  •     Reflecting on and improving your practice, and taking responsibility for identifying and meeting your developing professional needs.
  •     A developed creative and constructively critical approach towards innovation, being prepared to adapt your practice where benefits and improvements are identified.

Professional Practice

This unit seeks to develop and support the ‘Reflective Professional’ with a focus on your development of critical and reflective thinking in a mixed subject group. It will allow you to identify professional concerns and consider issues outside your subject-based ‘comfort-zone’ of knowledge and experience. It aims to strengthen the pedagogic and philosophical links between Subject and Professional and ‘Programme’ elements.

Subject Pedagogy (Religious Education)

This double-weighted unit seeks to develop your ability to reconceptualise your knowledge and understanding of religious education, ethics and philosophy and to apply this to your planning, preparation and classroom teaching in an effective manner. Within the PGCE RE, you will explore a range of teaching strategies to develop within your classroom context and develop your understanding of pupils’ response to such strategies, to help you to plan for a gradualist approach to teaching and the broadening context of your experiences.

This course is designed to support you on your journey to become an effective, reflective teacher of religious education and extend your interest, knowledge and confidence in your subject. You will explore your subject within the curriculum and to extend your development of an analytical and critical attitude towards the teaching and learning of your subject in classroom, group and individual contexts. You will engage in a combination of university sessions, teaching practice and assignments.

Assessment methods

Our PGCE Secondary programme combines practical teaching experience with written assignments. Trainees will complete a portfolio detailing their Record of Professional Development and a Career Entry Profile. Satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the programme are also necessary factors in the successful completion of your chosen route.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Manchester Campus Manchester M15 6BH North West

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