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Education (Secondary RE) Graduate Diploma,Postgraduate Certificate (PGCE)

PGCE Secondary RE Education

The Course Programme Structure Staff Profiles Why YSJ ?


The Secondary PGCE programme is structured in phases (introductory, developmental and consolidation) and within each phase, you are expected to reflect upon your learning and make effective links with curriculum and pedagogy through relating theory to practice. The programme is made up of four modules, two of which are based on Subject Studies and two on Professional Studies, as follows:

  • Introduction to Subject Specialism
  • Teaching Strategies: Planning for Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Subject Specialism
  • Understanding Learning and Teaching and School Experience
  • Emerging Professional and School Experience 

The teaching teams in both Subject Studies and Professional Studies integrate their modules to run throughout the course of the programme rather than delivering them as separate modules.  This approach ensures that links are strengthened between the modules and that the programme provided is holistic and inclusive. The two Professional Studies modules also include the Masters Level work and Secondary School Experience.

The programme employs a range of learning and teaching strategies, including enquiry-based and active learning approaches. You are encouraged to develop a strong sense of your personal professional identity as subject teachers and are nurtured to develop your own philosophy and values about secondary education. Tutors and school-based mentors are available to guide and facilitate you. You will undertake research based activities to deepen your understanding of secondary practice and related subject knowledge. This has proven to be an effective approach in learning how to become a teacher to promote reflection on practice and learning.

Assessments are spread across the duration of the programme with timely feedback on your work.  Alongside academic assignments you will be assessed in school experiences with your progress being tracked during the year to ensure you are making the progress we expect towards meeting the teachers’ standards.

A special feature of the secondary programme is the strong provision of enrichment activities that are intended to support your knowledge and understanding of your subject and pedagogy, as well as your knowledge and understanding of wider educational issues. On the Secondary PGCE university centred programme there are a range of fieldwork opportunities, input from school based practitioners and professorial input.


What resources will I have access to?

PGCE RE student teachers also benefit from use of the David Hope RE Centre which contains teaching and learning resources. This centre is one of the major RE resource centres in the UK. There is a wealth of literature that can be used during school placements, as well as guidance and support for the practical development of teaching this basic curriculum subject.

The regional Centre for Global Education is located on campus, providing a rich resource for cross-curricular links, teacher guidance and activities for use in school. Student teachers complete school placements in our partnership schools. These schools offer excellent opportunities for high quality experiences and are supported by trained mentors from both schools and York St John University. The schools are located across a number of Local Authorities to ensure student teachers experience diverse teaching opportunities.


PGCE Secondary newsletters


PGCE Secondary RE newsletter 2013 issue>>

PGCE Secondary RE newsletter 2012 issue>>

PGCE Secondary RE newsletter 2011 issue>>




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