Taught course

Religious Education: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE

Institution
Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Education, Health and Community
Qualifications
PGDE

Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

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 (or recognised equivalent) in a Religious Education-related discipline or a degree in a different subject area (for example in Arts and Humanities subjects, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Philosophy or Politics). The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you want to teach Religious Education, but have an insufficient level of the subject in your degree to access the course, then a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement course offered on-line by charitable organisations such as Culham St Gabriel’s could help prepare you to train to teach the subject effectively. Further details of one SKE can be obtained here on the Teach RE website

A variety of other SKE opportunities in RE are available so please contact our admissions team if you wish to discuss opportunities for SKE in Religious Education.

Additional requirements for the programme include:

  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification)
  • A demonstrable 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. A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK Secondary school is normally required prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants

Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview. For the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE grade C in Mathematics or English.

You are required by the Department for Education to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found on the Train to Teach website.

If you accept a formal offer from LJMU 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.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all components or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.

If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.

Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.

In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Train to become an outstanding teacher of Secondary Religious Education with Liverpool John Moores University. Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

  • Prepare for a career as an innovative and creative teacher of Religious Education at Secondary level on a course delivered in partnership with schools who are committed to ensuring your success
  • Study over 10 months full time, with 120 days spent on school placement, predominantly within a “Home School”
  • Qualify with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education featuring 120 Masters-level credits (ours is one of the few ITT courses to offer this) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the same cost and length of study as a PGCE
  • Discover why our courses have high completion and employment rates
  • Go on to complete your MA in your first year of employment and look forward to excellent career development opportunities
  • Gain experience of teaching in the 11-16 age range with enhancement opportunities Post 16

Teaching RE provides opportunities for young people to discuss and debate, to discover other faiths and cultures, and to learn more about the world in which they live. What could be more exciting than being part of this?

Additional professional development sessions are organised in school during placements.

You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.

Tutorial support is an important part of the learning process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve your potential. Your personal tutor will support your academic and professional development and will meet with you formally six times during the year.

You will also be allocated a teacher mentor who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your mentor will be supported by your LJMU tutor who will visit your school several times to monitor your progress.

Information for international students

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration

PGDE

full time
10 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
courses@ljmu.ac.uk
Phone
0151 231 5090