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What makes PGCE Secondary Religious Education at Worcester so special?

This is the ideal time to become a confident, effective and reflective RE teacher because of religion’s influence on individuals, culture and society.

  • Equip young people with the skills and knowledge needed to help them explore life’s deepest questions, as they develop their independence and work out how to live a good life
  • Be taught by an enthusiastic, experienced and inspiring tutor who will individually support each trainee.
  • Work in an excellent RE department supported by teachers passionate about RE and teaching.
  • Experience the collaborative spirit of the course: share your emerging ideas and work together to develop strategies and resources.
  • We work in partnership with schools covering a wide geographical area and place you in the most appropriate school for your training requirements.
Overview

Overview

Training at Worcester

  • We have an excellent relationship with the local faith community so work in close partnership with the Mosque, Cathedral, Buddhist temple, Synagogue and more. We visit places of worship to enhance subject knowledge and learn how to organise school visits.
  • You are kept up to date on current issues within religious education via relevant research, pedagogical methods and government policy. Use of social media is encouraged in order to keep abreast of debates within the RE community.
  • As a trainee RE teacher you will be immediately welcomed as a member of the of the Worcestershire RE Hub. This group of RE teachers meets termly to share best practice, receive CPD and discuss current issues affecting classroom teachers.
  • We are noted for our friendly and supportive approach to trainees. Having worked in a variety of secondary schools across the region for over 20 years, the subject tutor is best placed to lead you on this journey through to your NQT year.
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Nicky Hill

I feel the PGCE really helped me become a reflective practitioner. It gave me lots of opportunities to try different pedagogies and reflect on their effectiveness and adapt my teaching as a result.  I also feel like I entered the NQT year equipped with strategies I could use to engage the wide range of learners I would encounter in the classroom.

I think everyone enters the PGCE with strengths and weaknesses within their subject knowledge. But through subject sessions as part of the PGCE I definitely feel I have broadened my knowledge set. Your subject knowledge is something that just continues to develop throughout your teaching career. 

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Chris Johnson

The specialist training and advice I received at Worcester was exemplary, allowing me to understand a wide variety of different techniques and schools of thought in teaching. The fantastic staff provide trainees with the research skills to study educationalists who are experts in their specific field; whilst simultaneously receiving advice from accomplished and experienced teachers, both at university level and from school mentors, carefully picked by the university.

This course and university provides an environment that trainees can really thrive in, becoming brilliant teachers, who are very employable and have the tools, knowledge and skills to progress confidently on through the NQT year and beyond throughout one’s entire career. The Religious Education PGCE has really set the foundations for me and provided the support to become the teacher I always wanted to be, and to excel in my field of specialism. Last but not least, you may find yourself smiling a few times along the way!

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Dan Tipton

I found several aspects of the PGCE course at Worcester exceptional. The support I received from my subject tutor was phenomenal and the subject specific lessons at university helped me adapt my pedagogy, shaping me into a reflective practitioner. The essays were thoroughly scaffolded, giving  learners who had been outside academia for a period enough support to complete these at the necessary level.

I decided against teaching in a secondary school and am currently employed as a sociology lecturer in an FE college. My training allowed me the freedom to train in different levels of education, selecting which one would suit my style and long term career goals. Without this freedom to complete additional placements I would have struggled to access the FE sector. After a successful PGCE course I will be applying to complete my master’s in education at Worcester University, furthering my chances of becoming a PGCE Tutor in the future. In addition to this I have taken on positions of responsibility within my current role and am delivering seminar sessions on the PGCE course at Manchester University.

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Sarah Gilbert

I chose to do my PGCE at Worcester because it has such a fantastic reputation for teacher training. It was a fantastic coincidence that the year I decided to change my career saw Worcester offering a PGCE in RE for the first time - it just had to be fate! In the first few weeks the university has lived up to its reputation offering fantastic advice, support, workshops and training. I can't wait to get into schools and begin to put it all into practice.

Lauren Fairer

Lauren Fairer

I find the subject to be mentally stimulating yet reflective, I find that this subject more than any other allows you to embrace new ideas to the extent of which you question and develop your own. I personally have always enjoyed this subject through school, A-level and then university, I feel it covers different grounds untouched by any other. I feel it is a subject which allows a community of learning, in the sense that it allows for everyone to learn from each other, whether that be different perceptions of an applied ethical topic or of an individuals practice of a religious ritual or festival.

I believe this subject is fascinating as; in some way it can relate to every individual.

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Scholarships and Bursaries

If you study this course you may be eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship.

Visit the Get Into Teaching website for information on eligibility and how much funding may be available to you.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree (2:2 or higher) from a UK higher education institution, or equivalent qualification, in a relevant subject area, such as BA Religious Studies or Theology. Non-specialist degree subjects may be considered, including amongst others, Philosophy, History, Psychology or Sociology, with a condition that the applicant successfully completes a subject enhancement course. Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.          
  • Grade C/level 4 at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of entry.
  • School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities applicants have had to work with school aged children. It is at this point that we would discuss with a candidate whether additional school experience would support an individual in their decision that teaching is right for them.  
  • You may be eligible to take a fully funded Subject Knowledge Enhancement course to boost your qualifications. Details of the SKE course can be found at TEACH: RE.

Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsA@worc.ac.uk

Other information

If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which the applicant will need to pay for.

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Our Open Days are the perfect way to find out.

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Taster evenings

Our PGCE taster events give you the opportunity to take part in taster sessions, ask questions about the course, explore our facilities and meet a selection of practising teachers. The upcoming dates are:

  • 4 February 2020, 5pm-7pm
  • 17 March 2020, 5pm-7pm
  • 12 May 2020, 5pm-7pm

These events are designed for those considering applying for the course, rather than those who have already applied. To request a place email insiders@worc.ac.uk.

Course content

What will you study?

Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding

  • Regular subject knowledge enhancement sessions on religious belief and teachings throughout the course which include plenty of practical ideas of how you can teach the topics in the classroom.
  • Inclusion of up to date research in religious education and in educational theory in subject sessions which form the basis of debate, critical reflection and assignments.

Specialist Subject Opportunities

  • Draw on the experience of RE specialists from all phases of education. Become familiar with religious communities, professional bodies and experts in the field.
  • Begin networking and start the publishing side of your career.
  • Present to peers within and beyond the University.

Pedagogy

  • Understand and apply theory and research on how children learn and develop.
  • Explore a range of teaching styles and ways to organise a classroom.
  • Discover how to promote progress through observing, planning, teaching and assessing learning.

Professional Studies

  • Explore a range of practices and wider issues of education.
  • Understand equality and develop inclusive teaching strategies.
  • Develop your research skills as teachers with these skills are capable of bringing about change.

Enhancement activities

  • Gain expertise through one of our unique Enhancement Activities: Citizenship; English as an Additional Language; Special Educational Needs and Disabilities; Technology Enhanced Learning.

School Experience

  • Grow through at least 120 days placement in our strong school network across the counties. Experience at least 2 contrasting schools.
  • Be supported and challenged by our blend of school-based Mentors and Personal Academic Tutors.

Your career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner.
  • Enjoy great employment prospects; our support takes you from trainee to NQT and onwards.
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation.
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

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Teaching approach

  • School experience in a range of settings.
  • Professional Studies sessions in school and at University.
  • University-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures.
  • Study of key texts and supplementary reading.
  • Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate.
  • Directed studies, case studies and problem solving tasks; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.
  • One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint services
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Assessment

  • Assignments are carefully designed to develop your skills as a teacher.
  • Assessments that move from highly structured to more open briefs as you develop your professional skills.
  • The opportunity to develop skills as a research informed practitioner.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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Rebecca Davidge

Rebecca has over 20 years teaching experience across a range of Secondary schools in the West Midlands. She has taught across a range of Humanities subjects, and her main expertise is in Religious Education, Ethics and Philosophy.

Her BA (Hons) degree is in Religious Studies and Sociology and she has a Masters in Education (Religion and Values). The focus of Rebecca's dissertation was the character and ethos of a Catholic secondary school. She is interested is values and character education.

Careers

Where could it take you?

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  • Great employment prospects
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation
  • Many University of Worcester trainees gain promotion within the first few years of teaching
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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £13,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Teacher training funding

You can get help with the costs of teacher training. A student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. You may also be eligible for extra help if you have children or have a disability.

Most courses are also eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship depending on your subject, degree classification or highest academic qualification.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

We organise occasional visits to increase subject knowledge. Travel costs are at your own expense but we do encourage car sharing. In addition there is sometimes a fee but this is not normally more than £20 in total.

In addition, we encourage you to join subject specific associations. The cost is typically between £25 to £50 for which you benefit from their support, guidance and resources.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which you will need to pay for.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Part-time route

You can apply to study this course on a part-time basis.

The part-time route runs for 4 school terms and starts in September each year. You will spend terms 1 and 2 in one school and terms 3 and 4 in a second school. In the first 3 terms you will typically spend 3 days per week on the course, either in school or university. Term 4 will be full time in school.

The bursary will be spread across four terms, and the fees will be the same as the full time route.

For more information get in touch via details below. You can also discuss this route in more detail at interview.

Applying through UCAS Teacher Training

UCAS Teacher Training is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto PGCE courses 

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Code

3CQH

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Secondary PGCE Office

Rebecca Davidge

Personal Academic Tutor