Taught course

Secondary Religious Education with QTS (11-16)

Edge Hill University · Secondary and Further Education

Entry requirements

To join this PGCE, you will be expected to have:

  • A degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject. Other subjects may be considered if you have an A Level in a relevant subject (or equivalent qualification) and a willingness to engage in a subject knowledge enhancement course.
  • GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification).
  • Satisfactory levels of information and communications technology competence.
  • A commitment to, and understanding of, secondary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher.

Please note, for the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.

An interview forms part of the selection process.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Months of entry


Course content

The world is a diverse place. As a Religious Education (RE) teacher, you’ll show young people the range of worldviews and perspectives which people around the world hold, and how this informs the way communities live their lives.

Our PGCE Secondary Religious Education delves into the values and academic skills you’ll need. Get to grips with contemporary teaching styles and methods, and further your knowledge of this fascinating subject.

We’ve designed this course so you can combine learning on campus with practical experience in the classroom. Whenever you need support or feedback, you can turn to your subject specific tutors and school-based expert mentor. We’re here to help you become the best teacher you can be.

This course equips you for your future career, offering hands-on experience in planning and delivering RE lessons. You’ll also get the chance to meet and build connections with representatives from a range of world views including Humanism and Veganism, alongside members of traditional faith communities.

Successful completion of the programme leads to a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Subject knowledge enhancement

If you need to develop your religious education subject knowledge or it has been some time since you last studied religion, then our free subject knowledge enhancement course will prepare you for teaching the conceptual and applied aspects of religious education effectively to learners aged 11-16 years.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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