Normally 18 months (part-time),
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About this course

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Secondary Religious Education is an innovative, flexible programme aimed at prospective Religious Education (RE) teachers who cannot, or do not wish to, follow a conventional full-time teaching programme.

The University of Winchester is based on an Anglican Foundation and combines a tradition of high quality provision in theology and religious studies with a national reputation for initial teacher education.

The programme is based on an individual training plan for individuals and is distinctive in its combination of flexible study patterns, age range options and Masters level opportunities.

Study is designed to give students the theoretical knowledge and professional skills to teach RE in the secondary school. Flexibility is its key feature. Students may prepare to teach the 11-16 or 11-18 age ranges. They also have opportunities to gain Masters level credit for some modules; these include Professional Studies, Teaching Religious Education (1) and Teaching Religious Education (2).

The programme consists of an initial needs analysis followed by seven modules, four University-based and three school-based. The initial needs analysis includes time in
school and can lead to exemption from some modules, normally school-based time, on the basis of prior experience. All seven modules have to be completed. 

During the University-based modules, students develop understanding of both the theory and practice of teaching RE using a range of learning and teaching approaches. In school-based modules, students are supported in developing practical classroom skills both in teaching RE and in the teacher’s wider professional role.

The timescale within which the programme is completed is agreed as part of the initial needs analysis.

Entry Requirements

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or a TOEFL score of 575 (paper-based) or 232 (computer-based) or equivalent

Start dates: May

Entry requirements and application process
Students are advised to access the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) website located at www.tda.gov.uk for general information. This guidance is based on the TDA requirements for gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and identifies the minimum academic requirements that candidates must meet to be eligible for admission. Please ask the Course Enquiries and Applications team for further information including details of the qualifications, experience and the personal qualities looked for in applicants.

Students should apply direct to the University by completing the Direct Entry Application Form.

The selection process includes an interview. Students are invited to notify the University of any special arrangements that are required and contact Course Enquiries and Applications to discuss the support that may be provided to students.

Successful candidates at interview will be required to complete a health check form and to obtain enhanced CRB clearance to ensure they meet the government guidance for ensuring that the health, safety, wellbeing and educational progress of pupils are not jeopardised.