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Secondary Religious Education

Excellent teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Developed in partnership with schools and Early Years settings, this Ofsted Outstanding rated programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring RE teacher.

Our full-time programmes last for approximately 40 weeks; you’ll spend about two thirds of this time in a school or educational setting. Throughout the programme there is a dynamic relationship between your training in the University and your training in schools.

Examine the place of RE in the school curriculum, the legal position of RE, world religions, and the various approaches to RE in the classroom.

You’ll explore current debates in the teaching of RE and examine various teaching methods and approaches used to deliver RE. This includes the National Curriculum and the Secondary National Strategy. This strand of the programme also addresses teaching and learning with relation to the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda for education. Throughout, the aim is to bring together theory and practice.

Personal and social education are included to facilitate an exploration of the moral standpoints of a variety of worldviews, both religious and secular, and generates an understanding of the relationship between views on personal and social issues and cultural perspectives, including your own.

You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about the teaching of other Humanities subjects as preparation for working in a Humanities context and also to prepare you for working with a range of subject disciplines to deliver cross-curricular dimensions.

The programme will enable you to meet the QTS Standards in respect of pupils aged 11-16. There are also opportunities to undertake university based education for planning, teaching and assessing the post-16 age range.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically.

Course modules

University training

University-based sessions will blend both practice and theory to provide a firm foundation for the development of your teaching skills. Visiting speakers and visits to faith communities support the curriculum and are intended to enhance both your subject and pedagogic knowledge and skills.

School training

Your work in school will both inform and be informed by your work in University. In both areas you’ll need to reflect upon your learning. Over the course of the year we hope you’ll develop your own philosophy about both the subject and about how to teach it to enable students in schools to be excited by their learning and thinking about religion.

Assessment methods

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. Assessment takes account of both the programme experience and the school or setting and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks.  Support is provided to develop a rigorous evidence-based account of your educational journey.

Assessment in all of the PGCE programmes is designed to be progressive and to assist you in the provision of evidence to support your achievement against the Standards for QTS.

PGCE programmes are assessed in University, school or other settings. The evidence base includes:

  • Formally assessed assignments;
  • Professional dialogue in progress reviews;
  • The Professional Learning and Practice portfolio;
  • School phase reports and observations;
  • Professional development activities;
  • Subject knowledge tests and tasks (where appropriate).

Five Progress Review Points are held each year. These assessment points review your attainment, professional learning and SMART target setting.

Learning and teaching in PGCE programmes takes place through a combination of the following methods:

  • tutorials at key points across the year;
  • lectures, seminars and workshops;
  • group activities: presentation; group discussion; role play and collaborative working;
  • independent learning;
  • peer support;
  • developing professional learning and practice in schools and settings;
  • blended learning employing electronic resources, including the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva);
  • observation of teachers’ practice, including other Bath Spa Teachers’ practice;
  • professional development activities undertaken in University and school or other settings.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 40 Weeks
PGCE Full-time £ 12,500 (Whole course) International 40 Weeks

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