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International/EU: £14,895 for the course
- Prepare for a rewarding career in secondary Religious Education teaching.
- Gain vital hands-on experience with 120 days of in-school training.
- Attain a masters level PGCE, or PCE, with full Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
- Train and a reflect in a supportive, collaborative learning environment.
- Benefit from a course employment record of 90% and over.
Earn the academic qualifications, pedagogical knowledge and practical experience you need to become an excellent teacher able to teach a rich and diverse curriculum. The key aim of the programme is to deliver a high quality, current and relevant course of training, leading to outstanding outcomes.
'I have always had a strong connection with teaching because my mum's a teacher and I've always known this is what I wanted to do - to help kids develop their own education. Every teacher wants their student to go away from the lesson and do the best they can. Some kids think that you are there to tell them what to do and you’re not. You really want them to develop their education and it's great when they see that.'
Stuart Mitchell, PGCE Secondary Religious Education
How you learn
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.
This course is vocational in its nature – designed to produce highly proficient RE teachers, passionate and fully prepared for full-time employment. You'll undertake 120 days of placement work across two school settings, providing vital experience of the realities of teaching, supported by a subject mentor in your school and a personal development tutor at the University. Underpinned, by extensive training through on-campus learning, activities and independent academic work.
You learn through
- 120 days of school-based training across at least two settings
- collaborative planning
- one-to-one sessions
- group work
- independent study
- written assessments
- KS5 enhancement
- field trips
Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. When applying through School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the intention that you will be employed by them if you successfully complete the course.
For more information visit our School Direct page .
Course leaders and tutors
Course leader for Secondary RE PGCE, Secondary Leader for GTP (Graduate Teacher Programme), Professional Tutor for Teach First
This course ensures that you'll have the real-life experience you need to enter teaching, you will spend most of your time (120 days) in schools, working with Religious Education mentors who support you through your school placements. We are fortunate to have a good choice of schools with whom we work, with many outstanding mentors and strong religious education departments. Achieved through a strong working partnership with a broad range of schools in the Sheffield area and beyond, offering unique opportunities to learn how to teach a diverse mix of students, across the secondary key stages.
This aspect of the PGCE introduces you to recognising key elements of good RE teaching, helping to develop your own teaching skills, whilst gaining an understanding of how schools work, children learn and pedagogy in action. This exploration of the link between theory and practice is central to your PGCE Religious Education course. Whilst on placement you can expect at least two visits from a tutor to observe lessons and monitor progress. Together with regular school-based mentor meetings and CPD. Many of our students go on into full-time positions at their placement school.
This course prepares you for a career in in assorted educational settings, including
- specialist teachers and educators of secondary religious education in a variety of educational contexts
- Continuation of academic careers as researcher via Masters level study and PhD
- non-government organisation (NGO) educationalist roles
- Varied enrichment and extra-curricular work with young people
Graduates of the programme are highly employable and sought after by schools and colleges, our graduate employment rate is usually well in excess of 90%. Graduates also have great career prospects, with many becoming Head of Department, and often acting as mentors to new student teachers.
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
An honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of theology, religious studies or philosophy.
Normally GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics, or equivalent. Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only, we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs.
If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page.
You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in subject-related, or other related educational activities.
Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn, where possible within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.
If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event and you should present a passport or photo driving license. You can present other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) prior to starting your course.
As you will work with children, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.
We welcome applications from people seeking a career change, and we actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education, to help ensure that the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of contemporary UK society.
Course enrolment - professional requirements
Before enrolling you must complete all the professional checks that are required as part of entry for the course:
You must fully declare the following information on the pre-admission suitability declaration form provided during the admissions process:
• unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
• involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
• if you have ever been removed from a teacher training programme as a result of your behaviour, or would have been removed if you had not left the programme
Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check
• you will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
• you will need to present valid identity documents (PDF) as part of the DBS application process
• if you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining an overseas criminal record check.
• where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Academic Administration Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.
• In addition to this all those who are made an offer of a place will be checked against the DfE children’s barred list.
Occupational Health Screening
You will need to undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge. As part of this assessment you are expected to provide all relevant, truthful and accurate information to ensure a safe environment for yourself and service users.
Other background checks
All applicants that have accepted an offer will also be checked against the prohibition list to ensure you are not:
• subject to a prohibition order issued by the Secretary of State
• prohibited to teach in another country of the European Economic Area (EEA)
If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements, from when you apply to the end of your course, please notify the Academic Administration team immediately by emailing email@example.com.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
|Module: Developing And Reflecting On Professional Practice||Credits: 30|
|Module: Developing And Reflecting On Subject Knowledge And Pedagogy In Secondary Religious Education||Credits: 30|
|Module: School Based Training 1||Credits: -|
|Module: School Based Training 2||Credits: -|
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £9,250 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,895 for the course.
Scholarships and bursaries
If you are starting a PGCE in secondary education you may be entitled to financial support.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Teaching and education courses (PDF, 257.5KB)
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.