Taught course

Religious Education


Entry requirements


  • A Religious Studies or Philosophy degree (or equivalent) or in some circumstances, a related subject such as Sociology with evidence of an interest in Religion or Philosophy.
  • Maths and English at Grade C or above at GCSE. (Note: an equivalency test is available from the university.)
  • Successful completion of the Get Into Teaching Skills Test. We recommend you review GITEP’s Skills Tests Procedure for 2016 Entry.


  • Degree at 2:2 or above.
  • Involvement with young people, e.g., coaching, youth club.
  • Recent connections with Secondary education.
  • An awareness of issues in Religious Education and the non-statutory framework for Religious Education.

Months of entry


Course content

Trainees come together with Debbie, the Subject Leader, to provide a weekly opportunity to learn more about the subject and the pedagogy of Religious Education. Subject Pathway sessions are an opportunity to learn from Debbie, visiting experts and each other, sharing highs and lows, resources and lesson ideas. Trainees contribute to sessions and undertake follow up tasks.

Sessions normally take place at Sir Thomas Rich’s School, on a Thursday afternoon. The course is divided into four modules and their purpose is to introduce, develop, broaden and extend trainees’ knowledge of their subject.

Visits extend trainees’ subject knowledge and provide ideas for school trips and the value of them. Recent trips have included Gloucester Cathedral – like many large churches there is an Education Department that provide a service to local schools. The visit gave students ideas about what can be achieved in a place rich in history and artistic beauty. In addition students have had the opportunity to discuss the monastic life with a monk from Prinknash Abbey – the chapel and the surrounding area gave the students an insight into the benefit of a first-hand encounter with someone who has committed their life to prayer and service.

Information for international students

If you have studied outside the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A Levels and an undergraduate degree.

Fees and funding

UK students
PGCE - £9,000 QTS - £8,000

Please see the finance page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months


full time
10 months

Course contact details

01242 505945