Newman University

Newman University

Secondary Education (Religious Education)

This course prepares you to teach secondary religious education in a variety of school settings, including Roman Catholic faith schools and other local authority secondary schools. The course includes study visits to a variety of places of worship, including synagogues, churches, mosques, temples, gurdwaras and pagodas. You are introduced to current debates and practices within religious education, as well as those issues relating to the promotion of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils. The programme includes 10 weeks study at Newman and 24 weeks of school-based training. This focuses on an introduction to secondary teaching, developing standards through partnership school experience and extending and developing professional skills. You are introduced to all the major religions required for the National Curriculum. There is also the option to study for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS), which enables students to teach in Catholic schools. The course includes 60 credits at Master's level for attainment of the full PGCE.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (2.2 or above) of which a theology or religious education related subject forms a part. GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade C or above are also required before applying. Recent and relevant school experience is required. All applicants will be required to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance, meet the requirements for capacity to teach and pass the national skills tests.

Course modules

An introduction to secondary school teaching; learning and teaching in religious education; school experience 1; spiritual, moral, social and cultural education; whole school issues in the secondary school; developing the standards through partnership: school experience 2 (triple module); becoming a more effective of teacher of religious education; developing professional standards through focus weeks.

Assessment methods

A variety of teaching methods are used, including off-site teaching, study visits, seminars, lectures and visiting experts in related fields of RE. Assessment methods include essays, presentations, seminar preparation, school-based reports, teaching files and appraisal of practical teaching skills.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Newman University Birmingham B32 3NT West Midlands

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