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Entry requirements

A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

Religious Education gives young people the opportunity to explore profound questions of meaning and purpose. A critical understanding of religious and nonreligious worldviews is vital if we are to try to make sense of the world. The Religious Education PGCE programme supports student teachers to develop the knowledge, skills and awareness they need to help young people consider the big questions about life, the world and beyond.

This programme provides Religious Education student teachers with high quality teaching on the taught programme with our internal and external teachers, visits to places of worship and religious communities, workshops at art galleries and museums, as well as the chance to enagage in discussion with leading experts in the fields of religion and philosophy and people of faith, to consider the impact of religion, belief, and religious and nonreligious worldviews, on societies. Current research at UCL Institute of Education and elsewhere is drawn upon to inform and enrich student teachers' Religious Education teaching and encourage them to engage with recent debates and literature in the field.

Tutors and visting lecturers on the Religious Education PGCE are skilled classroom practitioners with extensive experience in secondary schools and colleges and also in school leadership, innovation, educational research and consultancy. 

Students benefit from many opportunites to develop important peer networks both within UCL Institute of Education and with Religious Education student teachers from other London providers. We consider all student teachers' professional journeys to be dependent on the individual synthesis of knowledge, skills, interests and commitments that form the strong foundation of a long-lasting and fulfilling career as a Religious Education teacher. Pastoral support of student teachers is also taken seriously as we realise this is essential for all teachers, and particularly given the deep thinking that emerges on the course in response to the Religious Education curriculum. 

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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


The programme is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, visits, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at UCL Institute of Education, as well as time spent in placements. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7612 6707