University of Bristol

Secondary Education (Religious Education)

The School of Education is an Ofsted 'Outstanding Provider' and offers a one year programme for graduates leading to the award of PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate in Education).

Religious Education (RE) is an important and necessary element of a broad and balanced school curriculum. RE enables pupils understand the beliefs and practices of those religious people and adherents to other worldviews who make up our pluralist and multi-faith society. On our programme we consider the nature of religion as well as the place of religion in school life. We explore the reasons for teaching RE in schools and give guidance on how to teach the subject.

The programme aims to develop teachers who, by the end of the programme, have professional attitudes, skills and understanding that will enable them to teach RE to a very high standard. They will leave being really enthusiastic about the subject as well as sensitive to the needs of the pupils they will go on to teach in the future.

Student teachers are introduced to the key aims of RE and alternative pedagogical approaches to the subject. Subject studies complements the general study of learning and teaching that is addressed in the professional studies programme. We how to plan lessons that meet the requirements of the RE curriculum in schools, as well as how to assess pupils’ work and support them in preparing for examinations at GCSE and A Level.

We support student teachers to further develop the existing subject knowledge they bring to the PGCE programme through a series of trips to places of worship and other sites of religious interest. Overall, however, this is primarily a programme in Education rather than Theology or Religious Studies with the main emphasis being to equip new teachers to meet the needs of pupils in secondary schools so that they experience a high quality religious education. With this in mind, there will be extensive opportunities to learn from experience of practice, with student teachers working alongside and learning from experienced teachers both in schools and in sessions at the university.

Entry requirements

Prior to admission to the programme, all students are required by the DfE to have:

  • at least GCSE or 'O' level at grade C or GCSE equivalent qualifications in English and Mathematics;
  • a degree (with a 2:2 or above) or an equivalent qualification in a subject relevant to the proposed main teaching subject.

All candidates must have passed the Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests before starting the course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years

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School of Education, University of Bristol
PGCE Office, School of Education
School of Education, University of Bristol, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA
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+44 (0) 117 331 4103