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Religious Education (PGCE)

UCAS Code: V6X9 Duration: 12 months

Overview

The PGCE Religious Education programme will support students to consider the pedagogy of Religious Education in depth. This part of the course aims to develop and integrate subject pedagogy and theory with classroom practice and equip student teachers with the skills necessary to become reflective and effective teachers of Religious Education.  

All Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses at Liverpool Hope offer students the opportunity to combine a programme of theory with real world experience. The initial professional development focuses on what underpins the work of an effective and successful teacher, while school placements offer you the opportunity to put theory into practice. School placements will cover the 11-16 age range, along with a KS5 enhancement. 
 
Initial Professional Development (IPD): This part of the programme covers the general, more holistic aspects of becoming a teacher. It is largely lecture-based supported by discussion-based seminars with an assigned professional tutor. IPD develops the student teacher's knowledge and understanding of a range of key issues in education. 
 
Liverpool Hope has a strong tradition of academic excellence and world-leading research, recently achieving Gold status in the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
 
Bursaries of up to £9,000 may be available, for further information go to the Department of Education website.
 
For further information, please download our PGCE Religious Education Leaflet
 
There will be an opportunity to hear about all the courses we have on offer in the School of Teacher Education at our forthcoming Belfast Teacher Training Event, further details available here

Curriculum

Successful completion of this PGCE secondary course is achieved through the following ways:

Award of Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education - made upon successful completion of the formal subject based assignments at Masters Level and successful completion of the two teaching placements. This provides a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Masters Credits.

Award of Professional Certificate in Secondary Education - made upon successful completion of formal subject based assignments at least at Honours level but below Masters level and successful completion of two teaching placements for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

You will be supported by a team of enthusiastic and experienced tutors during your studies at university and while on school experience. The Religious Education course provides a broad training in all aspects of teaching Religious Education, including:

  • Teaching RE at GCSE and A level
  • Using artefacts in RE
  • Effective assessment in RE
  • Using ICT to support the teaching of RE

The workshops are interactive and differentiated to meet students’ individual needs. The Ofsted report commented that: “An observed training session in how to teach the subject was exemplary”. The course aims to prepare you to teach RE in a wide range of settings. With the support of staff from a variety of faith traditions, you will participate in discussions with faith groups and visits to places of worship. There are exciting opportunities for involvement in community projects and Holocaust education projects. In addition to the core course programme there is the opportunity to take a Philosophy Enhancement Course. This covers three distinct areas:

  • Philosophy for Children
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy Post-16

Optional modules are also available, leading to Church College Certificates for students intending to teach in church schools. All members of the RE teaching team have experience of working within the national context of Religious Education, so you are prepared throughout the course for enhanced career opportunities.

For those without a Theology and Religious Studies Degree an accredited Subject Enhancement Course will normally be required to have been followed:-

Religious Education Subject Enhancement Course

Liverpool Hope offers an intensive Religious Education Subject Enhancement course which develops a knowledge and understanding of the six main world religions. The taught course is delivered from Thursday 16th June to Wednesday 22nd June and builds upon distance learning tasks. Participants can follow the accredited course (30 credits at Intermediate Level) which requires the development of a portfolio of work at a cost of £300 or non-accreditation at a cost of £250.  Accommodation is available at an additional cost.

The course is delivered through workshops, visits to places of worship, ICT, investigations and presentations.

For further details e-mail colec@hope.ac.uk

Experience

Liverpool Hope University is one of the country's leading providers of Initial Teacher Education. The PGCE is a postgraduate qualification aimed at high quality graduates wishing to pursue a career in secondary teaching. It is an intensive, demanding yet very rewarding programme running from early September to late June.

Tutors are particularly dedicated to individual student support and to working closely with partners in local schools.

Our teaching staff come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, with a rich diversity of experience in many types of schools. We are committed to the idea that teachers are formed not trained, and need both theoretical and practical preparation to be truly outstanding teachers. Our lectures and workshops are engaging and interactive, supporting you in becoming well-informed and reflective professionals who can take independent judgements and are ready to be full members of a school community.

Entry Requirements

An Undergraduate Honours Degree 2:2 or above, incorporating at least 50% Religious Studies or have a degree that draws on concepts in Religious Education and Religious Studies, for example, Philosophy, Sociology etc 

GCSE Grade C or above in English and Mathematics (Grade 4 or above in the new grading system). These can be pending but required before enrolment

Relevant mainstream secondary school experience in relevant subject within last 18 months

It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. You must ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course, please go to the Department of Education website for further details.

Applications available through UCAS Teacher Training

Skills Tests

It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. The tests cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools. You must ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

The length of the tests and questions are appropriate for Key Skills Level 2/3. These tests do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement and you will still need these qualifications where necessary.

Before you take the tests

The Department of Education (DfE) has developed supporting materials to help candidates understand and prepare for the tests. The DfE website also has practice tests available to familiarise yourself with the tests. It is recommended that you only book your tests once you are confident and have a sound grasp of the skill required to pass the test.  Skills tests are delivered via Learn Direct centres.   You can visit the dedicated section of the DfE here Department of Education Professional Skills Tests

Book your test

Before booking a skills test you will need to register online. Applicants for ITT courses should register online. Login details will be issued within two working days, enabling access to the skills tests booking pages where you can book and manage appointments and view your testing history. 

If you require an access arrangement due to a disability, please follow the online instructions when booking your tests. Depending on your need, you may be able to apply directly online, or you may have to fill in an application form. If your requested arrangement requires an application form and evidence to be provided before the test, this may take up to 10 working days to process. For more details please read the information about access arrangements.

Taking your tests

Here are a few helpful tips about the tests:

  • You must provide 2 forms of identification (ID) and evidence of your ITT application. You will not be allowed to take a test without them, so please allow enough time for ID checks to take place before your test.
  • You must provide evidence of your completed and submitted application at the test centre.
  • The skills tests are computer marked.
  • Candidates will have unlimited attempts to achieve a test pass. 
  • The 2-year lockout period will be removed; candidates previously locked out will be able to book tests for both subjects.
  • All candidates will be able to book 3 tests per subject, free of charge. A charge will be applied from the fourth test attempt per subject.
  • Once you have passed the tests these results are valid for 36 months from the pass date.

Further Information

If you have any further questions regarding the skills test you can either contact our Student Recruitment team:

Telephone: 0151 291 3111
Email: enquiry@hope.ac.uk 

Alternative contacts below:

Skills Test helpline  - Telephone: 0845 450 8867
Learndirect - Telephone: 0300 303 9613 
Email: support@sta.learndirect.com

Overview

The PGCE Religious Education programme will support students to consider the pedagogy of Religious Education in depth. This part of the course aims to develop and integrate subject pedagogy and theory with classroom practice and equip student teachers with the skills necessary to become reflective and effective teachers of Religious Education.  

All Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses at Liverpool Hope offer students the opportunity to combine a programme of theory with real world experience. The initial professional development focuses on what underpins the work of an effective and successful teacher, while school placements offer you the opportunity to put theory into practice. School placements will cover the 11-16 age range, along with a KS5 enhancement. 
 
Initial Professional Development (IPD): This part of the programme covers the general, more holistic aspects of becoming a teacher. It is largely lecture-based supported by discussion-based seminars with an assigned professional tutor. IPD develops the student teacher's knowledge and understanding of a range of key issues in education. 
 
Liverpool Hope has a strong tradition of academic excellence and world-leading research, recently achieving Gold status in the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
 
Bursaries of up to £9,000 may be available, for further information go to the Department of Education website.
 
For further information, please download our PGCE Religious Education Leaflet
 
There will be an opportunity to hear about all the courses we have on offer in the School of Teacher Education at our forthcoming Belfast Teacher Training Event, further details available here

Curriculum

Successful completion of this PGCE secondary course is achieved through the following ways:

Award of Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education - made upon successful completion of the formal subject based assignments at Masters Level and successful completion of the two teaching placements. This provides a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Masters Credits.

Award of Professional Certificate in Secondary Education - made upon successful completion of formal subject based assignments at least at Honours level but below Masters level and successful completion of two teaching placements for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

You will be supported by a team of enthusiastic and experienced tutors during your studies at university and while on school experience. The Religious Education course provides a broad training in all aspects of teaching Religious Education, including:

  • Teaching RE at GCSE and A level
  • Using artefacts in RE
  • Effective assessment in RE
  • Using ICT to support the teaching of RE

The workshops are interactive and differentiated to meet students’ individual needs. The Ofsted report commented that: “An observed training session in how to teach the subject was exemplary”. The course aims to prepare you to teach RE in a wide range of settings. With the support of staff from a variety of faith traditions, you will participate in discussions with faith groups and visits to places of worship. There are exciting opportunities for involvement in community projects and Holocaust education projects. In addition to the core course programme there is the opportunity to take a Philosophy Enhancement Course. This covers three distinct areas:

  • Philosophy for Children
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy Post-16

Optional modules are also available, leading to Church College Certificates for students intending to teach in church schools. All members of the RE teaching team have experience of working within the national context of Religious Education, so you are prepared throughout the course for enhanced career opportunities.

For those without a Theology and Religious Studies Degree an accredited Subject Enhancement Course will normally be required to have been followed:-

Religious Education Subject Enhancement Course

Liverpool Hope offers an intensive Religious Education Subject Enhancement course which develops a knowledge and understanding of the six main world religions. The taught course is delivered from Thursday 16th June to Wednesday 22nd June and builds upon distance learning tasks. Participants can follow the accredited course (30 credits at Intermediate Level) which requires the development of a portfolio of work at a cost of £300 or non-accreditation at a cost of £250.  Accommodation is available at an additional cost.

The course is delivered through workshops, visits to places of worship, ICT, investigations and presentations.

For further details e-mail colec@hope.ac.uk

Experience

Liverpool Hope University is one of the country's leading providers of Initial Teacher Education. The PGCE is a postgraduate qualification aimed at high quality graduates wishing to pursue a career in secondary teaching. It is an intensive, demanding yet very rewarding programme running from early September to late June.

Tutors are particularly dedicated to individual student support and to working closely with partners in local schools.

Our teaching staff come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, with a rich diversity of experience in many types of schools. We are committed to the idea that teachers are formed not trained, and need both theoretical and practical preparation to be truly outstanding teachers. Our lectures and workshops are engaging and interactive, supporting you in becoming well-informed and reflective professionals who can take independent judgements and are ready to be full members of a school community.

Entry Requirements

An Undergraduate Honours Degree 2:2 or above, incorporating at least 50% Religious Studies or have a degree that draws on concepts in Religious Education and Religious Studies, for example, Philosophy, Sociology etc 

GCSE Grade C or above in English and Mathematics (Grade 4 or above in the new grading system). These can be pending but required before enrolment

Relevant mainstream secondary school experience in relevant subject within last 18 months

It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. You must ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course, please go to the Department of Education website for further details.

Applications available through UCAS Teacher Training

Skills Tests

It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. The tests cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools. You must ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

The length of the tests and questions are appropriate for Key Skills Level 2/3. These tests do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement and you will still need these qualifications where necessary.

Before you take the tests

The Department of Education (DfE) has developed supporting materials to help candidates understand and prepare for the tests. The DfE website also has practice tests available to familiarise yourself with the tests. It is recommended that you only book your tests once you are confident and have a sound grasp of the skill required to pass the test.  Skills tests are delivered via Learn Direct centres.   You can visit the dedicated section of the DfE here Department of Education Professional Skills Tests

Book your test

Before booking a skills test you will need to register online. Applicants for ITT courses should register online. Login details will be issued within two working days, enabling access to the skills tests booking pages where you can book and manage appointments and view your testing history. 

If you require an access arrangement due to a disability, please follow the online instructions when booking your tests. Depending on your need, you may be able to apply directly online, or you may have to fill in an application form. If your requested arrangement requires an application form and evidence to be provided before the test, this may take up to 10 working days to process. For more details please read the information about access arrangements.

Taking your tests

Here are a few helpful tips about the tests:

  • You must provide 2 forms of identification (ID) and evidence of your ITT application. You will not be allowed to take a test without them, so please allow enough time for ID checks to take place before your test.
  • You must provide evidence of your completed and submitted application at the test centre.
  • The skills tests are computer marked.
  • Candidates will have unlimited attempts to achieve a test pass. 
  • The 2-year lockout period will be removed; candidates previously locked out will be able to book tests for both subjects.
  • All candidates will be able to book 3 tests per subject, free of charge. A charge will be applied from the fourth test attempt per subject.
  • Once you have passed the tests these results are valid for 36 months from the pass date.

Further Information

If you have any further questions regarding the skills test you can either contact our Student Recruitment team:

Telephone: 0151 291 3111
Email: enquiry@hope.ac.uk 

Alternative contacts below:

Skills Test helpline  - Telephone: 0845 450 8867
Learndirect - Telephone: 0300 303 9613 
Email: support@sta.learndirect.com

Course Contact Details

Student Recruitment

+44 (0) 151 291 3111

enquiry@hope.ac.uk

Department: School of Teacher Education

Next intake: September 2018

Fees and Funding: Getintoteaching