Taught course

Secondary Religious Education - PGCE

Birmingham City University · School of Education

Entry requirements

UK students
You must have a good degree (minimum 2:2 but 2:1 or 1st preferred) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent, of which at least 50 per cent should be in religious education.
You must also have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to enrolment.
If you do not already have GCSEs in English language and mathematics, or their equivalent, and are not registered to take them, you should visit Equivalency Testing.
It should be noted that applicants taking the equivalency tests need to have passed prior to enrolment.
For entry onto a teaching course you will also be required to pass the government’s Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.
Pre-Interview School Experience
For secondary teacher training there is an expectation that you will have had some general experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting.
In preparation for the selection interview stage of the recruitment process you are required to engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher.
It will support your application to undertake this teaching episode prior to enrolment and in advance of your interview.
Selection Interview:
The selection interview will assess your subject knowledge and personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching.
You will also take a written test to assess your standard of English.
Applicants must meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Months of entry


Course content

There’s currently a shortage of religious education teachers. If this is a subject you’re knowledgeable and passionate about, our Secondary Religious Education PGCE could open the door to a great career.

Teaching Religious Education in the twenty-first century draws together the history and teaching of world religions and the use and evaluation of philosophical, theological and ethical frameworks, whilst supporting pupils in their response to social and world issues.

You’ll have the chance to gain an in-depth knowledge of teaching and learning, which will provide you with the tools to become an excellent teacher who is able to teach a rich and diverse curriculum.

You’ll engage in education, pedagogy and professional studies sessions and curriculum workshops. These will take place in both university and school settings, and will develop your expertise in generic educational and professional issues, and subject pedagogy.

You’ll gain the skills and understanding to take up positions in schools as a teacher of your subject with the potential to contribute fully to the life of the school. The course is designed around the Teachers’ Standards and the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You’re encouraged to work creatively towards gaining evidence of your practice in the Teachers’ Standards. University assignments are at Masters Level and complement your growing competence in school-based practice, enabling you to demonstrate evidence-based understanding of professionalism, and teaching and learning.

Information for international students

Prospective students from non-EU countries may enquire via the International Enquiry Form or call +44 (0)121 331 6714.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Although this is a postgraduate course, current PGCE students are eligible for the finance support package available to full-time undergraduates.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as a teacher. Bursary amounts will vary depending on teaching subject and degree class.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Pre-entry Enquiries Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595