Religious Studies (Secondary) PGCE

University of Brighton
Brighton, England, United Kingdom
Postgraduate Certificate
Study mode
1 year
Tuition fee (local)
USD 11,880
Tuition fee (foreign)
USD 17,450

Entry Requirements

Degree and experience:

  • Applicants should hold a good honours degree (usually 2:1 or above) in a related subject such as philosophy, anthropology, sociology or another associated discipline, or a minimum 2:2 if your degree is in theology and religious studies or if you have gained relevant subject knowledge in another way.
  • All applicants should have a love of and enthusiasm for RE and a strong commitment to working with young people.
  • By the time the course starts we would advise you to have recent observation experience in a secondary school.


  • English language and mathematics, minimum grade C or equivalent. In-house tests are available for candidates without qualifications in mathematics and English. 


  • All applicants are required to attend an interview in person either at the Falmer campus or in one of our partner schools. It is strongly advised, but not vital, that you gain some observation experience before your interview to inform discussion.

English Language Requirement:

  • IELTS 7.0 in all elements.


The subject study/subject education strand builds upon your existing expertise in religious studies and provides you with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of religious studies in the secondary school context. You will consider the learning and teaching strategies that are relevant to the specialist subject. 

The subject education module is specifically related to teaching the specialist subject in school while the subject study module enables you to take your subject specialist studies to an increased depth. You can earn 20 masters-level credits through the assessment for the subject study module.

The education studies strand will give you a thorough understanding of the learning process itself, including an appreciation of individual differences. The study of the principles and practices of learning and teaching is through both school and university settings, allowing you to develop practical competences, supported by analytical skills. By the end of the course you will:

  • refine your understanding of pedagogy, including an appreciation of current and emerging educational theories and debate
  • understand how to use and adapt a range of teaching, learning, management and assessment strategies in order to meet the varying needs of learners
  • understand how the progress and well-being of learners is affected by a range of influences and know how to take account of the principles of equality, inclusion and diversity.

Professional development is intrinsically linked to all key strands of the programme and is designed to enable you to evaluate critically and reflect upon your learning in order to make improvements. You will be expected to gather and justify evidence of your achievements on a regular basis and develop and implement improvement plans.

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