Taught course

PGCE Secondary Religious Education

University of Winchester · Department of Postgraduate Initial Training

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have a good Honours degree (second-class or higher) in Religious Studies, Theology, Philosophy or a related field with a strong element of religious or philosophical study. Applicants must also have GCSE grade C or higher in English Language and Mathematics as a pre-course requirement. It is also a pre-course requirement that prospective students pass the DfE Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Recent and relevant experience in a secondary school is a key factor to success in selection for interview and for subsequent acceptance onto the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

PGCE Secondary Religious Education at Winchester is an innovative, flexible postgraduate programme that enables prospective Religious Education (RE) teachers to study either full-time or part-time.

This course combines a tradition of high-quality provision in Theology and Religious Studies with a national reputation for Initial Teacher Education (Ofsted Outstanding 2010/11).

The programme is flexible and adaptable to the individual needs of students. Study is designed to give students the theoretical knowledge and professional skills to teach RE in secondary schools. Students may prepare to teach the 11-16 or 11-18 age ranges. They also have the opportunity to gain Masters level credits (up to 60 credits).

The programme consists of seven modules, all of which have to be completed for the award of PGCE with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Throughout the course, students develop an understanding of both the theory and practice of teaching RE using a range of learning and teaching approaches. Students are supported in developing practical classroom skills both in teaching RE and in the teacher's wider professional role.


Enhancing and Applying Subject Knowledge
Students consolidate and deepen their subject knowledge and apply it to good practice in the classroom. This module considers the place of RE in the secondary school and the range of content that is found in locally agreed and examination syllabi.

Current Issues Related to Subject Specialism
Students are introduced to a range of subject-related teaching and learning pedagogies. They consider how assessment, data and effective planning contribute to pupil progress. This module involves students engaging with new technologies for teaching and their creative application in the classroom.

Subject Practitioner Development
Students engage with issues that are pertinent to their professional and subject development, including recognising students' misconceptions and creating effective intervention strategies. Development Week placements enable students to follow areas of particular interest in schools. This module is designed to be flexible, to meet the needs and interests of individual students and they are guided in their selection of appropriate placements accordingly.

Professional Studies 1 and 2
Students are introduced to a wide range of teaching and learning approaches and broaden their knowledge and experience of the role
of the teacher and their professional responsibilities. Students draw on their reading and school experience to demonstrate understanding of how effective teachers help children to learn. This includes consideration of behaviour management strategies and
personalising learning for children with additional needs.

School Experience 1
Students have the opportunity to begin to develop their teaching skills in a secondary school. With support they move from working with small groups to whole-class teaching over a period of several weeks.

School Experience 2
Students spend an extended period in school towards the end of the programme. They are expected to demonstrate that they meet the Teachers' Standards (Department for Education 2012) for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Students spend a substantial amount of time teaching RE to whole classes, together with on going training in both subject and generic issues.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent approved test. International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Fees and funding

Home and EU tuition fee: £9,000
International tuition fee: £11,300

Graduates with a 2.1 or higher are eligible for a government training bursary of up to £9,000.

Other limited bursaries, scholarships and discounts may be available - please see our website under 'Students and Money' for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
16 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries and Applications
+44 (0) 1962 827234