*Subject to revalidation
- Obtain Qualified Teacher Status with Ofsted outstanding-rated initial teacher training
- Teach the locally agreed syllabi, Key Stage 3, GCSE, AS and A2-level study
- Cover the essential areas of behaviour management, special education needs and English as an additional language
- Gain experience of planning, teaching, assessing and evaluating your practical teaching
- Be informed by current research and grounded in a practical understanding of Holocaust Education, the teaching of emotive and controversial issues, and citizenship
- Option to gain Masters level credits
The University of Winchester has a long history in teacher education and is recognised by Ofsted as an ‘Outstanding’ provider. The University offers a stimulating and supportive learning environment that challenges and inspires trainees. Our passion is to provide a university experience that helps you reach your full potential and make a real difference to children’s lives.
Throughout the course, you develop an understanding of both the theory and practice of teaching RE using a range of learning and teaching approaches. You are supported in developing practical classroom skills both in teaching RE and in the teacher’s wider professional role.
Our programme prepares you to teach across the age range 11-16 or 11-18 and is structured around five modules - a combination of taught modules based at the University and placement modules based in schools or educational settings. Classroom practice is assessed through placements, totaling 120 days. You also have the opportunity to gain Masters level credits (up to 60 credits).
We place significant emphasis on enabling you to apply your learning to teaching in the classroom. During your teaching placements you will have the opportunity to work alongside some of the best and most inspiring teachers predominantly in Hampshire secondary schools. However, we also offer a number of placements in neighbouring counties, such as Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Surrey. If you opt for the 11-18 pathway there is an opportunity to teach in a 6th Form setting.
The programme works closely with Theology, Religion and Philosophy departments at the University, to provide subject knowledge enhancement sessions. There is an opportunity to achieve SAPERE Level 1 Philosophy for Children Foundation accreditation.
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 special schools, independent schools, pupil referral units and sixth form colleges) as highly successful RE teachers and future leaders.
*Subject to revalidation
This course is subject to revalidation. 'Revalidation' is the process by which the University refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.
ABOUT THIS COURSE
Suitable for applicants from:
UK, EU, World
The course includes school experience totalling 120 days.
Learning and teaching
Start date: September
Teaching takes place: Daytime
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.
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. For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library.
Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.
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.
Our validated courses 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.
We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found by attending an open evening or contacting our teaching staff.
We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.
Applicants are advised to access the Department for Education's (DfE) Get into Teaching website 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 first or second-class Honours degree 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.
Completion of pre-entry Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy as required by the Department of Education. Please note that skills test passes only remain valid for 3 years from the date of the test you passed. You must start a teacher training course within this 3-year period, otherwise you will need to retake the skills tests.
Further information on the skills tests can be found on the Get into Teaching website.
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 you require IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in academic writing) or equivalent.
Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible. Applications should be made online via the UCAS Teacher Training website.
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.
We will look for evidence of a commitment to the teaching profession, an understanding of professional requirements, and an awareness of current educational issues in an application. Prior experience in a school is not required, however prospective students may find experience in a school useful for obtaining insights into the primary education classroom. Experience in a school or similar setting may also provide reassurance to prospective students that teaching is the right choice for their career.
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.
Course enquiries and applications
Telephone: +44 (0)1962 827234
Send us a message
If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023
Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our open evenings.
Year 1 (Level 7)
|Enhancing and Applying Subject Knowledge|
|Current Issues Related to Subject Specialism|
|Professional Studies 1|
|Professional Studies 2|
|School Experience 1|
|School Experience 2|
Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.
Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs*
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man
Total Cost: £9,250
If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2019, it will cost £9,250. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.
Total Cost: £13,300
International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £110.83 and a 15 credit module is £1,662.
*2019 fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.
As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities.
Printing and Binding
We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.
Scholarships, bursaries and awards
Bursaries of up to £9,000 are availble to trainees in Secondary Religious Education. More information is available from Get Into Teaching.
We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards section.
Key course details
- Full-time: 1 year
- On campus, Winchester