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

Institution
Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Health
Qualifications
PGDE

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Entry requirements

You will need:
  • an honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject. See Details tab for subject specific requirements
  • 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
Additional information:
  • A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is normally expected prior to commencing the programme.
  • Original evidence of GCSE English Language and Mathematics Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required if you are successful and form part of your conditions of offer
  • RPL is not accepted on this programme
  • 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.
When to apply:
2022 Entry: Courses can be viewed on the government's Get into Teaching website from 5th October 2021, with applications opening 12th October 2021. Given the popularity of some specialisms and the limited number of places, we recommend applying as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
Ability
Applicants will be assessed for their:
  • depth of relevant subject knowledge
  • potential to work effectively at Masters level
  • ability to work with others in teams
  • ability to manage people and projects
Attitude
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate:
  • an interest and enthusiasm for their chosen subject area
  • an ability to make learning exciting and meaningful to young people in a range of contexts
  • commitment to supporting learners in areas of challenging social context
  • enthusiasm and resilience
Location
You should live within reasonable travelling distance of the University and our partner schools for the duration of the course.
Selection events
Our selection events usually involve partner school staff and normally comprise:
  • an individual interview
  • a written task for PGDE Modern Languages
  • a subject specific task for certain subjects
  • an individual interview
  • a practical assessment in some subject areas
Your performance in each part of the selection process is graded and a final decision is made on your performance across the day. Full details of the interview process in each subject will be sent to you in advance of the selection event.
Prior to entry
You will need 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.

Months of entry

September

Course content

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.
IELTS score 7.0 (Minimum 6.5 in each component)

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDE
    full time
    10 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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