University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Secondary Education (Religious Studies)

World religions, from Christianity to Buddhism are explored in the course as living faiths; this is done through visits to faith communities, through debate and discussion and through micro-teaching activities where trainees can pass on to each other their own areas of expertise; practical activities range from learning to use worksheets, computers, displays and video in the classroom to imaginative activities like creating role plays, simulations and drama; careful attention is paid to GCSE and A-level teaching strategies and to the current debate about attainment and assessment in religious studies; classroom teachers are involved at all stages of the course and act as mentors to trainees within their school placement.

Entry requirements

Honours degree in appropriate subject required, and GCSE minimum grade C (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics; it is expected that all applicants for a PGCE course have undertaken at least 5-10 days recent work experience or observation in a mainstream UK state school, working alongside children within the appropriate age ranges for their course choice, and be able to draw on this experience in their application.

Course modules

Subject teaching: focusing on the curriculum, principles and practice of teaching the subject; professional studies: the professional role of the teacher and aspects of teaching which are relevant to the whole school; professional placement: 24 weeks spread across 3 terms; trainees are placed in at least 2 contrasting partnership secondary schools, gradually taking on more responsibility for class teaching as the year progresses.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 22,674 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

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