Taught course

PGCE Secondary Religious Education with QTS

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements


You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the national curriculum for religious education. 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.

You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English language and mathematics. However, you may be able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer Manchester Met GCSE equivalency tests. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor, and only offered if considered appropriate after interview.

We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: adult numeracy and literacy, functional skills or key skills.

Experience in educational settings

Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a secondary school setting.

You may wish to evidence your understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course

We usually offer a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course during the summer prior to the PGCE course. This allows applicants who may have worked in industry for some time, or who have not covered all aspects of required subject knowledge as part of their degree, to ensure they are up to date with all subject requirements and will have the ability to teach the full range of topics with confidence.

Other requirements

  • You are expected to have a sound understanding of the RE curriculum through consulting with various websites, most notably the QCA website (www.qca.org.uk).
  • An ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
  • Excellent interpersonal 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.


Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English or IELTS Band 7 with no less than 6.0 in any element.


You will be expected to attend an interview as part of the application process. Full details of your interview will be provided by email once your initial application has been approved

Months of entry


Course content

You’ll explore all aspects of religious education (RE) including different faiths, philosophy and ethics. It is a requirement that all schools teach RE however this can vary widely between schools.

You’ll explore different curriculum models and how to approach the wide variety of topics with a range of learners. During sessions, you’ll explore a range of faiths and often make use of peer teaching where everyone can share their own knowledge and experiences.

Throughout the course, you’ll develop your subject knowledge and consider how to approach teaching topics in the classroom. In addition to specific religions, you’ll consider broader issues such as human rights and peace and conflict.

Approaching controversial topics in a classroom is a potential challenge so you’ll explore pedagogic approaches such as debating or philosophy for children. You’ll also look at cognitive theories and how you can support your pupils to develop examination techniques to be able to write about complex issues.

The University is well placed for you to explore religious education in its broadest sense. There are opportunities to visit a variety of local places of worship and speak to members of the local multi-faith community. You’ll also consider how you can arrange such visits for your own classes to allow the curriculum to come alive. We also have guest speakers from educational organisations including exam boards.

This course is available via University led and School Direct routes.

Information for international students

Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English, IELTS Band 7

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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