York Saint John University

York St John University

Secondary Education (Theology and Religious Studies)

A programme of intensive study that both qualifies and equips students with the necessary skills and experience to take on the role of a specialist religious education teacher in a secondary school; to achieve this the year is divided between college-based studies and a school-based programme providing essential hands on experience; specialist religious education tutors who have experience and up to date knowledge of classroom teaching to deliver the programme and support students through all aspects of the programme; successful completion of this course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), subject to satisfactory performance in skills tests.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 degree with significant components of direct relevance to the chosen school curriculum area; GCSE mathematics and English grade C or above; specific A-level subjects; at least 3 weeks experience in a classroom environment; all trainee teachers have to meet the minimum standards in the use of information and communications technology; all trainee teachers have to demonstrate their competence at using appropriate elements of mathematics and English to support their work as teachers by undertaking government set tests that are accessed and assessed via the internet.

Course modules

The programme mirrors how secondary school teachers divide their time between their specialist subject and the wider work of their school; therefore concentrate on students specialism and general professional studies;in college students take a subject specialist programme in which they follow a course of study that covers all of the subject aspects they need to teach the subject in school; school subject knowledge as required by the National Curriculum and, for religious education; agreed syllabuses; specific subject teaching skills; production and collection of resources for teaching; acquiring skills for long, medium and short-term planning for teaching; classroom management and organisation; becoming familiar with techniques for assessment and examination at both school level and nationally accredited examinations such as GCSE and GNVQ; the broader concerns of teachers are introduced in college under the heading of general professional studies; educational legislation; effective teaching; learning theories; communication and classroom management personal; social and moral education assessment and examinations.

Assessment methods

Operates a continuous assessment procedure for all elements of the programme; both teachers and college tutors contribute to this process and an external examiner provides quality assurance through objective overview of all the work of the students as trainee teachers.


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
York St John University York YO31 7EX Yorkshire and the Humber

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01904 876598