Taught course

Religious Education

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

Entry requirements

You should hold, or be expected to achieve, at least a 2:2 Honours degree classification (or recognised equivalent) with at least 50% content in a relevant subject area (such as Religious Studies, Theology or Biblical Studies). If your degree is in a different subject area (such as Arts and Humanities, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Philosophy or Politics) but you have a knowledge of and enthusiasm for the study of religion please also apply. For this subject area, the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) and other charitable organisations fund Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses for potential applicants whose subject knowledge in the area may have weaknesses, possibly because your first degree has less than 50% content in the specific subject area. These free courses are run prior to the start of the PGDE programme and may attract a bursary. If you can demonstrate an aptitude, linked to prior degree-based learning, and a strong motivation to teach in this subject, we would strongly encourage you to apply. Please also make sure to state that you are interested in completing the appropriate SKE programme. You should also have a minimum of 10 days experience of working in a secondary school (in England or UK) environment.

Months of entry


Course content

Course at a glance

Teach Religious Education to GCSE and A Level

  • Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (comprising 120 Masters level credits) plus recommendation Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • 92% of students rated LJMU’s teacher training as good or very good
  • LJMU has over 100 years' experience of delivering teacher education programmes
  • Excellent career opportunities

This course aims to produce enthusiastic teachers able to inspire interest and engagement with the religious education curriculum.

You will develop the skills required to help pupils understand the important part that religion plays in everyday life for many people and communities plus the impact that religion has on wider society, nationally and internationally.

The course will introduce you to the aims, objectives and methods of teaching religious education as defined by the National Curriculum for Religious Education.

The production and evaluation of teaching materials are key aspects of the course as are lesson planning and evaluation. You will also have opportunities to develop your skills in practical work through ‘hands on’ activities.

The programme provides an intensive training experience, focused on equipping you with the skills, knowledge and attributes you will need when embarking on your teaching career.

It is designed to meet the requirements of the Teaching Standards and Qualified Teacher Status and also support the development of your:

  • critical understanding of education theory and practice relevant to the subject area
  • reflective practice linked to professional development
  • practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning
  • understanding and application of subject knowledge

The programme includes a mix of on-campus and school/college-based training, with the latter becoming predominant as you progress through the course. This is supplemented with online e-learning activities via LJMU’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

The University element of the programme is based around six modules focusing on:

  • Professional Practice
  • Developing Reflective Professional Practice
  • Subject Pedagogy in Biology
  • Pedagogy in Practice
  • Learning Teaching and Assessment
  • Inclusion

Your professional development will be monitored and supported throughout the duration of the course. You will leave with an e-portfolio and a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) plus well developed reviewing and action planning skills that will stand you in good stead for your professional career.

School-based training

You will spend 120 days in school-based training. Here, teaching will predominantly be at Key Stage 3 and 4, although there may be the opportunity to gain experience with Post-16 level.

Experienced subject teacher mentors, working in partnership with LJMU tutors, will support your training in partner secondary schools. The excellent relationships established between LJMU and partner schools will help to ensure that you have a successful placement experience.


Our highly qualified and respected academic team combines specialist knowledge and creative research with hands-on teaching experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise helps ensure that you well equipped to meet the opportunities and challenges faced by today’s teaching professionals.

Tutorial support is an important part of the process and you will receive personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve to your highest potential.

Enrichment experiences

You will be expected to engage with a variety of enrichment experiences that challenge and extend their repertoire of skills and enhance employment potential. Such activities may include supporting learners in community based education projects and supplementary schools, vocational education enrichment placements in industry and cultural organisations, and participation in school and university teaching projects.

Information for international students

LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September 2016. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/international-students for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Fees information

You will be charged a tuition fee of £9,000 for your PGDE course - you can take out a tuition fees loan to pay your fees.

Financial support

Full-time students on PGDE courses are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students. This includes:

  • a non-means student loan to cover your tuition fees
  • a means-tested student loan to help cover your living expenses
  • a means-tested maintenance grant, which does not have to be paid back
  • a means-tested LJMU bursary worth up to £500, which does not have to be paid back

You may also be eligible for a tax-free bursary by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, depending on the subject you are training to teach and the classification of your first degree. Please go to for more details.

Please note:

  • You will be charged a tuition fee of £9,000 for your PGDE course - you can take out a tuition fees loan to pay your fees.
  • Your tuition fees loan is not-means tested and covers the full amount of your tuition fees. This money is paid direct to LJMU.
  • Maintenance loans are means-tested and the amount you receive will depend on your household income (parents’ or partner’s income plus yours).
  • You only start repaying your students loan after you graduate and start earning over £21,000.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090