University of Chester

University of Chester

Secondary Education (Religious Education)

This course attracts 60 credits at Master's level; the course is designated 11-18 with the option of receiving enhancement at post 16 level; successful completion of the programme enables the University to recommend Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); the course has a strong emphasis on cultural awareness and trainees work closely with other trainees at a number of points in the year to enhance this awareness; the University also has strong links with the local Development Education Centre; they also gain experience in schools within the area; this enriches their practice and subject knowledge, developing knowledge and understanding for their future careers; all candidates wishing to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) are required to pass skills tests in numeracy, literacy and information communication technology (ICT), before they can be recommended for QTS by the University.

Entry requirements

Degree relevant to religious education (minimum 2.2); GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or above, or equivalent; 2 weeks' experience in a secondary school; enhanced clearing from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Course modules

A distinctive feature of the course is subject enrichment week, which falls in the block between the 2 school placements; the purpose of this week is to consolidate and extend particular aspects of subject knowledge; trainees stay in Southall in West London, where they meet with various Sikh communities.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Lesson observation feedback; development of subject knowledge; assignments and the submission of professional files.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years
PGCE Part-time - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Parkgate Road Campus Chester CH1 4BJ North West

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PGCE Secondary Admissions
Telephone number: 
01244 511000