University of Wolverhampton
Secondary Education: Religious Education
If you are interested in the world around you, like to engage in deep questions about the nature of life, religion and religious traditions and wish to communicate your enthusiasm with young people, this course will prepare you to do this effectively.
The aim of the Religious Education course is to develop reflective teachers who care about developing pupils’ understanding about the world around them and want to foster pupils’ appreciation of different beliefs, practices and religions. You will be encouraged to develop effective and inspirational practical teaching skills underpinned by a sound grasp of theoretical concepts.
Successful completion of the course will lead to the award Qualified Teacher Status along with 60 credits towards a Masters.
You will enjoy participating in current debates in Religious Education and you will be aware of important issues relating to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils.
You will also have a good understanding of the world’s religions. It is not expected that you will have an expert knowledge across all traditions but you will be keen to enhance your subject knowledge.
· In addition you will need:
- An honors degree in Religious Studies, Biblical studies, theology, philosophy or a closely related discipline such as sociology or anthropology. In exceptional circumstances and dependent on an audit of subject knowledge, applications from candidates who do not meet this requirement will be considered on merit. You will be required to provide evidence of your original degree qualification.
- You should have recent experience of teaching and learning in secondary school or sixth form contexts either through paid employment in school/college or through voluntary work/ observation OR be in the process of arranging to gain this.
- GCSE grade C or above in English and mathematics or equivalent (Please note we do not accept GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations & be aware that not all equivalency tests are accepted, if you unsure please contact our Admissions Department firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification). You will be required to provide evidence of your original GCSE qualifications.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Good personal ICT skills
Interview and selection
Once your application has been forwarded to subject staff, your suitability is individually assessed. If you appear suitable, you will be offered an interview where you are required to sit a short subject specific interview/ examination.
· The main purpose of the interview is to:
- explore your subject strengths and areas for development
- assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
- arrange a partnership school visit as necessary
- answer all of your questions
Please view further information regarding preparation for interviews
Pre-entry Professional Skills Tests
Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses which begin in 2015/16 are required to have passed the skills tests before the start of the course. Further information is available on the Department for Education website.
You will not be eligible to register and take the tests until after you have submitted an application for an ITT programme. Those applicants who satisfy the above entry requirements AND who have passed both tests may be offered an interview before applicants who are still to complete the tests.
Please note that:
Application forms should be able to demonstrate not only your depth of subject knowledge but also your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching.
You will need to complete once you have a Conditional Offer, a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a medical declaration clearance and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.
We wish you every success with your application.
Over the one year course, you undertake two periods of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you spend at least 120 days divided between two different school placements across the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase.
Your University tutor is available to assist you throughout your training, and every effort is made to ensure you have a high-quality school placement, where you can learn from experienced teachers
All course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style. You will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development
Teaching on the course reflects a variety of methods that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and the provision of individual targets. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, classroom based investigation and other school-based activities and appraisal of practical teaching skills. The majority teaching sessions will be alongside trainees from the other the science routes.
All University-based elements of the course take place at the Walsall Campus.
Typical modules may include
- Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
- Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
- Further development through planned classroom activities
- Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
- Research in the University and school on the use of ICT in the teaching of your subject
PGCE: programme structure
Starting in September and ending in June the full-time PGCE is the fastest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.
The course comprises of two school placements and two periods of University-based teaching September to October; January to February.
24 weeks of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools. You will have one school attachment during the autumn term and another (in a different school) in the spring/summer terms. During the second attachment a proportion of your teaching at key stage 4 will be focussed on your chosen specialist area.
We try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools but our first concern is to ensure that you have a high quality school placement that can provide a range of experiences. Additional training will therefore take place in partner schools other than your 'attachment' schools. Support is available from your University Tutor throughout your training, plus from experienced teachers accredited by the University as school based tutors.
2018/9 fees for this course have not yet been agreed.
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