You will need:
- an honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject.
- GCSE English Language and Mathematics at minimum grade C/4 or equivalent. (Level 2 numeracy and literacy are not acceptable)
- to demonstrate an interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience
- to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. For further details see Get into Teaching
- A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is normally expected prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants
- Original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview
- RPL is not accepted on this programme
- IELTS score 7.0 (Minimum 6.5 in each component)
- If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend a selection event
We positively welcome applications for the PGDE in Religious Education from those who have enthusiasm for the teaching of Religious Education and who have an interest in the world around them. To apply for this this PGDE, you may have a first degree in either a Religious Education-related discipline or a degree in a different subject area e.g. in Arts and Humanities subjects, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Philosophy, Law or Politics.
If you want to teach Religious Education, but have an insufficient level of the subject in your degree to access the course, a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement course offered online by charitable organisations such as Culham St Gabriel’s could help prepare you to train to teach the subject effectively. See further details of the SKE here.
Months of entry
This PGDE course prepares you for a fulfilling career as an innovative, confident and creative teacher of Religious Education. Our close links with examination boards; faith communities and national projects ensure that your training is comprehensive and relevant.
Through a personalised programme you will be supported to teach in schools with and without a religious character. We have close links with the many faith communities of Liverpool so through practical workshops, field trips, seminars and lead lectures you will investigate faith and non-faith traditions as they are lived in modern Britain. We explore strategies that challenge misconceptions and stereotypes in the classroom and pedagogies to develop pupils' understanding of being a global citizen. We also work closely with colleagues in local schools who make a collaborative contribution to our course and facilitate workshops with students.
During your training, you will focus on the various approaches and pedagogies for Religious Education emphasising the practical application of theory. A sequence of micro-teaching experiences allow you to develop and share with peers, your understanding of learning and teaching strategies that support effective practice in the classroom. In addition, you will explore signature pedagogies such as philosophy for children; effective use of religious artefacts, and using art to explore religious themes. Sessions will help you deepen your understanding of the role and nature of Religious Education in the curriculum and your own personal philosophy for teaching.
Recognising the many different degree backgrounds of RE teachers, we provide a comprehensive range of individual support programmes before and during the course. These include networking with local hubs; taking part in national projects and online support.
Information for international students
Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.