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*Please note this course is closed for 2018 entry. Applications will be accepted for 2019 entry from mid-October onwards.

  • Obtain Qualified Teacher Status with Ofsted outstanding-rated initial teacher training
  • Integrate knowledge and practical, professional skills
  • Complete two teaching placements in partner schools
  • Option to gain Masters level credits

Secondary Religious Education at Winchester is an innovative, full-time postgraduate programme. The course combines a tradition of high-quality provision in Theology and Religious Studies with a national reputation for Initial Teacher Education within the Department.

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 is designed to give you the theoretical knowledge and professional skills to teach RE in secondary schools – you can prepare to teach the 11–16 or 11–18 age ranges. You also have the opportunity to gain Masters level credits (up to 60 credits). The programme consists of six modules, all of which have to be completed for the award of PGCE with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You study core modules in Enhancing and Applying Subject Knowledge, Current Issues Related to Subject Specialism, and two modules of Professional Studies, along with two teaching placements which are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards.

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. You 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 you to integrate theory and practice.


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.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

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.

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. 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 our King Alfred Campus (Winchester) or at West Downs (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.

Further information

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

Entry requirements

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. It is also a pre-course requirement that prospective students pass the DfE professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy. 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.

Additional requirements

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
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International students

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 or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

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Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our open evenings.

Year 1 (Level 7)

Modules Credits

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
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

PGCE Secondary Religious Education

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 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. For international students, the first year fee is £12,950. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students and £38,850 for International students. 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. You can find out more here. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support 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.

International Students

Total Cost: £12,950

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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

**International 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. 

Scholarships, bursaries and awards

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
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester