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PGCE Secondary Religious Education with QTSNewman University
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Location: Newman University
Study mode full-time
Start Date: 2021/09/01
Duration: 12 months
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Newman University, Birmingham has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
Why study the PGCE Religious Education course?The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable. It is accepted, across the UK and internationally, as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standard expected for entry to the teaching profession.This course will prepare you to teach secondary religious education in a variety of school settings, including Roman Catholic faith schools, academies and local authority secondary schools, across the 11-16 age range with post 16 enhancement . You will develop a good understanding of religious education and gain a solid foundation of professional awareness and understanding to help you develop your competence and confidence in imparting your subject knowledge to young people. In addition to enhancing your subject knowledge, the course will develop your practical teaching skills to meet the standards for qualified teacher status (QTS) and will improve your ability to demonstrate a range of key skills, that will support your wider professional development.The course is designed to help deepen your knowledge and understanding of not only Christianity, which is the main religion taught within all schools, but also all of the other major world religions including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. During your studies you will be introduced to current debates and practices within religious education, as well as those issues relating to the promotion of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils. You will be provided with opportunities to engage in the use of study trips to a variety of places of worship, including synagogues, churches, mosques, temples, gurdwaras and pagodas in teaching RE.
A UK Bachelors Degree (or recognised equivalent qualification) of which 50% content must be related to the named subject; and this will be a condition of any offer where the degree has not already been awarded. GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents). Please be aware that whilst these GCSEs are not mandatory at application point, these qualifications must be obtained by enrolment. School experience is not a requirement for entry to the programme. However, having experience in a school will support your preparation for training as a teacher. At interview you will be asked about any experiences that you have with school aged children and your understanding of teaching within your chosen age range. The quality and variety of your personal statement is an important factor in the decision to call you to interview. You will need to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and meet the requirements for fitness to train to teach prior to starting the course and be assured against a set of fundamental maths and English skills by the end of your PGCE. For more information on your DBS application please visit the How do I complete my DBS form advice page. For further information about the Interview Process see our PGCE Secondary ITE Interview page. For full entry requirements please see our admission requirements page. International Students: Newman University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.
About this university
Students travel from around the globe to study at the university and there is country specific information as part of the application process on the website. Once a student has been accepted to the university and arrives in Birmingham, there is also support and help on hand. There is an International Coordinator who is available for special help such as organising studies and accommodation, as well as the Accommodation Manager. There is a HEADstart course the first two weeks that helps international students find out all they need about their new surroundings while Senior Academic Support Tutors are on hand to help with academic matters. There are also English language course for those wanting to learn or improve their skills in the area. The Student Union is the first place to go to find out more about activities outside the classroom. As well as providing the clubs and societies, the university also offers support and guidance for members as well as representation. This means that if students have problems, both academic and personal, there is someone on hand to help them. The union also organises various social events during the year for students to get involved with as well as volunteering opportunities to help give something back to the wider community. There are a number of different societies available for students and the chance to start their own if they find a gap that their interest can cover. These include gaming and anime groups as well as faith groups such as the Christian Union and even academic subjects such as philosophy. Similarly, there are sports opportunities with all the teams taking part in the BUCS leagues against other universities around the country. These include football, netball and even badminton groups.