Taught course

Secondary RE

Newman University · Department of Teacher Training

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold a good Honours degree (a 2:2 or above) in a relevant subject (normally 50% subject content of an honours degree), or a recognised equivalent qualification. You must have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application and if you are offered an interview you will undertake a written task to assess your level of standard English and a mathematics diagnostic task to assess your numeracy skills. For entry onto a teaching programme you will be required to pass the Skill tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to commencement of the course. Please visit the Department of Education (DfE) website for further information. Potential applicants would benefit from engaging in School Experience within a secondary mainstream setting, within their chosen subject specialism. Applicants must meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) requirements for Initial Teacher Training by successfully completing an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring System (DBS).

Months of entry


Course content

This PGCE course prepares you to teach secondary Religious Education in a variety of school settings, including Roman Catholic schools and other secondary schools from Local Authority, Academies and Free Schools. Newman has excellent links with Birmingham's faith communities and the course includes study visits to a variety of places of worship including synagogues, churches, mosques, temples, gurdwaras, pagodas and an opportunity for overseas fieldwork.

During your studies you will be introduced to current debates and practices within Religious Education: looking at the legal requirements; changes in curriculum; exploring different pedagogies; as well as issues relating to the promotion of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils and British Values.

The external examiner has praised the course for:

· The breadth, creativity and quality of learning experiences for the students.

· The strong sense of professional self-identity which the RE students develop.

· The preparation of students prior to school placement.

· Observation procedures were also praised in terms of comments and feedback being constructive and accurate.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,000 2015


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Professional practice50

Course contact details

Johann Wood
+44 (0)121 476 1181 ext2387
+44 (0)121 476 1196