PGCE Secondary Religious Education

PGCE Secondary Religious Education at Winchester is an innovative, flexible postgraduate programme that enables prospective Religious Education (RE) teachers to study either full-time or part-time. Graduates with a 2.1 or higher are eligible for a government training bursary of up to £9,000.

PGCE Secondary Religious Education at University of Winchester

UCAS code: 2833

Entry Requirements

Applicants are advised to access the Department for  Education (DfE) website at for general information regarding entry requirements. This guidance is based on the DfE requirements for gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and identifies the minimum academic requirements that candidates must meet to be eligible for admission.

Applicants are required to have a good Honours degree (second-class or higher) in Religious Studies, Theology, Philosophy or a related field with a strong element of religious or philosophical study. Applicants must also have GCSE grade C or higher in English Language and Mathematics as a pre-course requirement. It is also a pre-course requirement that prospective students pass the DfE Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.

The selection process includes an interview and group and written tasks. 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.

If English is not your first language:

IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent.

Degree duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 16 months

Start date: September

Teaching takes place: Daytime

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

September 2017** Entry Full-time | £9,250
September 2017** Entry Part-time | £4,625 p/a

Total Cost | £9,250

International Students

September 2017** Entry Full-time | £11,615
September 2017** Entry Part-time | £5,807.50 p/a

Total Cost | £11,615

Additional costs:

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Work placement: The course includes School Experience totalling 120 days

Fact: Religious Education is recognised as a shortage subject, so there is a high demand for well-qualified graduates.

Application process: Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible. Applications should be made online via the UCAS Teacher Training website located at

Applicants are required to satisfy interviewers that they can meet the strenuous demands of teaching and that they have the potential to develop the qualities of effective teachers.

Recent and relevant experience in a secondary school is a key factor to success in selection for interview and for subsequent acceptance onto the programme.

Successful candidates at interview are required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and complete a health declaration. The cost of the DBS check is covered by applicants. For the latest costs please visit the DBS website at

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

**Please note the fees are indicative and subject to the approval of the University of Winchester Board of Governors. 

This course combines a tradition of high-quality provision in Theology and Religious Studies with a national reputation for Initial Teacher Education (Ofsted Outstanding 2010/11).

The programme is flexible and adaptable to the individual needs of students. Study is designed to give students the theoretical knowledge and professional skills to teach RE in secondary schools. Students may prepare to teach the 11-16 or 11-18 age ranges. They also have the opportunity to gain Masters level credits (up to 60 credits).

The programme consists of seven modules, all of which have to be completed for the award of PGCE with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Throughout the course, students develop an understanding of both the theory and practice of teaching RE using a range of learning and teaching approaches. Students are supported in developing practical classroom skills both in teaching RE and in the teacher's wider professional role.

Enhancing and Applying Subject Knowledge
Students consolidate and deepen their subject knowledge and apply it to good practice in the classroom. This module considers the place of RE in the secondary school and the range of content that is found in locally agreed and examination syllabi.

Current Issues Related to Subject Specialism
Students are introduced to a range of subject-related teaching and learning pedagogies. They consider how assessment, data and effective planning contribute to pupil progress. This module involves students engaging with new technologies for teaching and their creative application in the classroom.

Subject Practitioner Development
Students engage with issues that are pertinent to their professional and subject development, including recognising students' misconceptions and creating effective intervention strategies. Development Week placements enable students to follow areas of particular interest in schools. This module is designed to be flexible, to meet the needs and interests of individual students and they are guided in their selection of appropriate placements accordingly.

Professional Studies 1 and 2
Students are introduced to a wide range of teaching and learning approaches and broaden their knowledge and experience of the role
of the teacher and their professional responsibilities. Students draw on their reading and school experience to demonstrate understanding of how effective teachers help children to learn. This includes consideration of behaviour management strategies and
personalising learning for children with additional needs.

School Experience 1
Students have the opportunity to begin to develop their teaching skills in a secondary school. With support they move from working with small groups to whole-class teaching over a period of several weeks.

School Experience 2
Students spend an extended period in school towards the end of the programme. They are expected to demonstrate that they meet the Teachers' Standards (Department for Education 2012) for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Students spend a substantial amount of time teaching RE to whole classes, together with ongoing training in both subject and generic issues. Throughout their time in school, they continue to be supported by a professional teacher tutor.

The teaching team includes University staff with specialisms in RE and in Initial Teacher Education; Local Authority advisers and staff; Diocesan advisers; and secondary school teacher tutors. Students are supported through a combination of face-to-face University-based teaching and directed self-study/ research. Seminars and workshops are supported by school-based tasks to enable theory and practice to be integrated.

Attendance regulations

There is a requirement for students to complete 120 days in school - students cannot be recommended for QTS unless we have evidence that they have completed these days. The penalty for not completing 120 days in school is that they cannot be recommended for QTS but students can still receive the academic award. 

As an entry requirement to the programme students have to have a DoH declaration that they are 'fit to teach'. Students taking extended absence through sickness may be required to be reassessed for fitness to teach. 

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library 

All modules are assessed either by assignment or by achievement of success against the Teachers' Standards during School Experience. Assignments are varied to capture students' differing strengths and include essays, presentations and portfolios. Feedback is given for all assignments in order that students can improve their academic writing as the programme progresses. School placements are assessed through graded observations measured against the Teachers' Standards. The observations include detailed feedback, usually made by the class teacher and a university link-tutor.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

The programme leads to a PGCE Secondary Religious Education with a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Graduates go on to obtain teaching positions in various secondary schools and other school settings (such as academies, comprehensives, special schools, independent schools, pupil referral units and Sixth Form colleges) as highly successful RE teachers and leaders.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

International students seeking additional information about this programme can email or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Applications need to be submitted before the 20 May 2017. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information click here.

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