University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria

Secondary Education (Religious Education)

This course will help you translate your enthusiasm for the subject into practical skills, so you can make religious education exciting and relevant for the young people you teach. We also aim to develop your skills so that you become an innovative professional, able to make a valuable contribution to the development of the subject in the future. Available at university and through School Direct.

Entry requirements

A minimum UK 2.2 Honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification in a religious studies related subject is required. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 August 2015. Where relevant we will consider other qualifications or work/voluntary experience as evidence of subject knowledge. Please ensure you detail in full any supporting qualifications and/or experience in your application for the course. If you don�t have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis. GCSE grade C or above in English language and mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2015. Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 July 2015. At least 2-3 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism if preferred. A satisfactory academic (university) reference AND a satisfactory professional reference if more than 3 years since academic study. All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance according to established university procedures.

Course modules

Modules include: The role of the religious education (RE) teacher; aims and approaches in religious education; religious education for all; spiritual and moral development and the role of RE; planning for effective teaching and learning in RE; monitoring and assessment in religious education; assessment for learning; behaviour for learning; working with faith communities in religious education; religious education and information and communication technology (ICT); religious education and citizenship. We also cover general teaching modules, including: Meeting young people�s needs within and beyond the curriculum; professional skills, knowledge and practice; curriculum development; classroom research for beginning teachers.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on presentations, written assignments, small-scale classroom research projects, assessment of in-school practice, portfolio of evidence of professional practices, self-assessment, peer assessment and formative assessment.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 10,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lancaster Campus Lancaster LA1 3JD North West
School Direct LA1 3JD

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