You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification at 2:2 or above, or equivalent in Theology, Religious Studies, or equivalent. Candidates with degrees in philosophy and other related subjects will occasionally be considered for interview. However such candidates are most likely to be advised to increase and deepen their subject knowledge as a condition for entry on the course. This can be done through Open University modules. For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree. English Language and Mathematics, Grades C or above, required before application. Prior to applying to Manchester Met, it is valuable to draw upon your experience in different learning contexts. This can be evidenced in several ways, such as time spent in schools or colleges, relevant practical experience in industry, voluntary organisations and other settings. You should clearly reference this experience in your application and comment on the insights you have gained into the professional teaching role. All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We recommend you check the Department of Education website for the latest updates. Other requirements: you are expected to have a sound understanding of the RE curriculum through consulting with various websites most notably the QCA website and others. You will need to have appropriate experience in UK Secondary schools undertaken in the two years prior to admission. This should include involvement in the learning and teaching process with school students and work shadowing in order to understand the wider day-to-day role of the teacher. An ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English. Excellent inter-personal skills. An informed and realistic understanding of the complexities and challenge of teaching in a Secondary school. An understanding of how learning develops within an engaging rich and broad context, with recognition of the contribution made by parents and carers Personal qualities and abilities appropriate to becoming an effective teacher, including a strong motivation to teach young students, an ability to express personal views with clarity and conviction, to listen and respond appropriately to the views of others, awareness of, and commitment to, issues relating to Equal Opportunities and providing all students with an inclusive learning environment. Intellectual capacity to critically reflect upon experience and personal challenges. A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.
Months of entry
The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.
Religious Education is a demanding curriculum area where pupils reflect on their own beliefs and values and develop critical thinking skills to enable positive action in their communities. Trainees will encounter cultural diversity through visits to places of worship from the six major religions in Manchester and engage in dialogue with people from other faiths and cultural backgrounds. There is an emphasis on both practical and theoretical teaching skills.
A minimum of 120 days school based practice training is combined with university based training and periods of independent study. Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.
This course is available via University led and School Direct routes.
We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.
Information for international students
Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English, IELTS Band 7, or Pitmans Advanced.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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