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Secondary Religious Education with QTS (School Direct) PGCE

The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.

Religious Education is a demanding curriculum area where pupils reflect on their own beliefs and values and develop critical thinking skills to enable positive action in their communities. Trainees will encounter cultural diversity through visits to places of worship from the six major religions in Manchester and engage in dialogue with people from other faiths and cultural backgrounds. There is an emphasis on both practical and theoretical teaching skills.

A minimum of 120 days school based practice training is combined with university based training and periods of independent study.  Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.

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

We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.

Entry requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification at 2:2 or above, or equivalent in Theology, Religious Studies, or equivalent.

Candidates with degrees in philosophy and other related subjects will occasionally be considered for interview. However such candidates are most likely to be advised to increase and deepen their subject knowledge as a condition for entry on the course. This can be done through Open University modules.

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.

English Language and Mathematics, Grades C or above, required before application.

Experience in educational settings
Prior to applying to Manchester Met, it is valuable to draw upon your experience in different learning contexts. This can be evidenced in several ways, such as time spent in schools or colleges, relevant practical experience in industry, voluntary organisations and other settings.

You should clearly reference this experience in your application and comment on the insights you have gained into the professional teaching role.

Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy

All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We recommend you check the Department of Education website at for the latest updates

Other requirements

  • You are expected to have a sound understanding of the RE curriculum through consulting with various websites most notably the QCA website ( ) and others such as
  • You will need to have appropriate experience in UK Secondary schools undertaken in the two years prior to admission. This should include involvement in the learning and teaching process with school students and work shadowing in order to understand the wider day-to-day role of the teacher
  • An ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
  • Excellent inter-personal 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, IELTS Band 7, or Pitmans Advanced.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course modules

Trainees will engage with current educational issues and recent and relevant research in order to further develop their understanding and to generate challenging and lively debate. There will be a focus on:

  • Promoting an inclusive learning and teaching environment
  • Working in multi-professional teams
  • Creating a climate for learning in the classroom
  • Learning and teaching strategies
  • Managing students' behaviour
  • Planning and evaluating students' learning
  • Developing knowledge and understanding of teachers' professional responsibilities

Assessment methods

Our PGCE Secondary programme combines practical teaching experience with written assignments.  Trainees will complete a portfolio detailing their Record of Professional Development and a Career Entry Profile.  Satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the programme are also necessary factors in the successful completion of your chosen route.


All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.



Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time £ 14,400 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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