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Religious Education (PGCE)

UCAS Code: V6X9 Duration: 12 months

Overview

*To book a place on one of our upcoming PGCE Selection Events, please click here.

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. Schools 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. 
 
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

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.

We pride ourselves on supporting students to develop into the ‘Hope Teacher, who takes a full part in professional school life and teaches ‘with moral purpose, the whole child’. (Key Finding, Ofsted Report, Nov. 2012)

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.

Skills Tests

Professional 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.

The pass mark for each test is 63 percent.

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. You can visit the dedicated section of the DfE from the following link:

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 special arrangements for your tests you must state this when prompted when you register online for the skills tests. Candidates can apply for 25% extra time when registering online for the skills tests. For all other special arrangements, tests can only be booked by contacting the skills test helpline. Do not book a standard test online first.

Skills tests are delivered via Learn Direct centres.  The first attempt at each subject is free of charge, however, resit charges will apply.

Taking your tests

Here are a few helpful tips about taking the tests:

  • Arrival at the test centre at least 15 minutes before your appointment is strongly advised, to allow for security checks. If you arrive late, you may not be permitted to take the test.
  • ITT applicants will need to provide evidence of their application. This could be a copy of the application form or confirmation of receipt.
  • Remember to bring your booking confirmation email to the test centre.
  • Bring your relevant identification, as detailed on the ID requirements page.
  • Read and understand the test rules before arriving at the test centre and adhere to the rules at all times once you are in the test centre.
  • The waiting area, in the majority of test centres, is designed to facilitate the needs of candidates; there are no provisions for childcare. Anyone accompanying you to the test centre will not be allowed to wait in the centre.
  • When you have finished the test, your results will be available from the test administrator.  Your results will also be available to the ITT provider to whom you have applied, approximately 48 hours after you take the test.

What happens next?

If you fail a test you are allowed to resit it up to two times. If you fail the test three times you will not have the option to resit the test for a minimum of two years from the test date. Unfortunately this will result in us being unable to progress with your application.

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 3911

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

*To book a place on one of our upcoming PGCE Selection Events, please click here.

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. Schools 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. 
 
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

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.

We pride ourselves on supporting students to develop into the ‘Hope Teacher, who takes a full part in professional school life and teaches ‘with moral purpose, the whole child’. (Key Finding, Ofsted Report, Nov. 2012)

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.

Skills Tests

Professional 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.

The pass mark for each test is 63 percent.

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. You can visit the dedicated section of the DfE from the following link:

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 special arrangements for your tests you must state this when prompted when you register online for the skills tests. Candidates can apply for 25% extra time when registering online for the skills tests. For all other special arrangements, tests can only be booked by contacting the skills test helpline. Do not book a standard test online first.

Skills tests are delivered via Learn Direct centres.  The first attempt at each subject is free of charge, however, resit charges will apply.

Taking your tests

Here are a few helpful tips about taking the tests:

  • Arrival at the test centre at least 15 minutes before your appointment is strongly advised, to allow for security checks. If you arrive late, you may not be permitted to take the test.
  • ITT applicants will need to provide evidence of their application. This could be a copy of the application form or confirmation of receipt.
  • Remember to bring your booking confirmation email to the test centre.
  • Bring your relevant identification, as detailed on the ID requirements page.
  • Read and understand the test rules before arriving at the test centre and adhere to the rules at all times once you are in the test centre.
  • The waiting area, in the majority of test centres, is designed to facilitate the needs of candidates; there are no provisions for childcare. Anyone accompanying you to the test centre will not be allowed to wait in the centre.
  • When you have finished the test, your results will be available from the test administrator.  Your results will also be available to the ITT provider to whom you have applied, approximately 48 hours after you take the test.

What happens next?

If you fail a test you are allowed to resit it up to two times. If you fail the test three times you will not have the option to resit the test for a minimum of two years from the test date. Unfortunately this will result in us being unable to progress with your application.

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 3911

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