School Direct PGCE Religious Education
This PGCE programme is challenging, exciting and stimulating. Religious education (RE) is a subject that embraces the opportunity to change and adapt to meet the needs of pupils in the 21st century. The course is committed to a multi-faith approach to teaching religious education. The programme is taught by tutors with a wealth of experience, and by visiting colleagues who are actively engaged in research in religion and the teaching of religious education. As well as taking part in sessions at the IOE, student teachers visit places of worship and meet with members of faith groups and others who support high standards of RE in schools. Current research at the IOE and elsewhere is drawn upon to inform your RE teaching and encourage you to engage with recent debates and literature in the field. The underlying aim of the PGCE is to develop you as a reflective and highly skilled teacher.
RE works when pupils are given the chance to debate the big questions about life, death and the universe, and are intellectually challenged. We will expect you to learn from your observations and from each other, in order to deliver RE that 'works'.
You will be assessed in two ways:
• on your practical teaching and your progress in achieving the standards for Qualified Teacher Status
• on assignments, portfolio tasks and, for some subjects, practical projects.
Successfully completing all aspects of the course at masters level will gain you the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which also carries 60 M-level credits that may be used towards a subsequent masters degree. The course also leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).
RE PGCE subject entry requirements
You should have a good first degree in religious studies, theology, philosophy or a closely related discipline. We normally give preference to candidates with upper second class honours or above. You may be asked to acquire an additional breadth and depth of religious knowledge (including philosophy and ethics) through other routes, and you should be prepared to develop your knowledge of the major world religions, philosophy of religion and ethics as an essential part of the PGCE. We will look at the relevance of your undergraduate studies and your experience of working with children aged 11 to 16, particularly in an inner-city context. You will need to spend at least five days in the RE department of a secondary school before applying, as this will give you a valuable insight into the teaching and learning of RE. You should have a genuine interest in education (and particularly RE), good communication skills, the ability to take on the role of a professional, a commitment to teaching as your chosen career, a willingness to take responsibility for your own learning, and the ability to work well within a team. We expect you to be confident in the use of information and communications technology, and willing to extend your abilities in the use and application of technology in your teaching.