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
Months of entry
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
This is an intensive, full time programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) alongside your academic award. University-based study includes: a full time block of three weeks at the start of the course; one day per week until January; four, week-long, full time study blocks between January and June and a number of conference days.
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.
University-based training takes place at the IM Marsh campus just four miles from the city centre. Here you will find independent study spaces with IT facilities, a library, access to student welfare and support, a gym and other sports facilities plus a café and shop.
The IM Marsh Library houses the main collections linked to this course and is open from 8am until 11pm during term time. You will also have access to the 24 hour, city centre Aldham Robarts and Avril Robarts libraries.
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
A range of Bursaries are available to support those training to teach. The amount of Bursary depends on your subject and degree classification. For further information you should consult the Get into Teaching website
If you are eligible for a Bursary you do not need to apply for one; once you are enrolled at LJMU you will begin receiving payments from the beginning of your course.
To encourage graduates to train as Science, Technology Mathematics and Languages teachers, Bursaries of up to £25,000 may be available.
Alternatively, if you have a good first degree, you can apply for a scholarship from professional subject bodies such as the IoP, RSC, IMA and BCS.
Full time students on PGDE courses are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students. This includes:
- a non means-tested 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 will be charged a tuition fee of £9,250 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 student loan after you graduate and start earning over £21,000
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries
- 0151 231 5090