resources will I have access to?
The Fountains Learning Centre houses 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. Trainees 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 trainees experience diverse
What costs will I incur?
The fees are subject to review.
Please visit our
tuition fees webpage for up-to-date information about fees
From September 2013, tuition fees for the
programme will be £9,000. On this full-time
programme you won’t have to pay anything up front; your
fees are simply added onto your student loan and are repaid when
you are earning over £15,000. All trainees may be
eligible for further support from Student Finance England, in the
form of a means-tested grant and TA bursaries.
Please find more information by clicking on the
More information on Full
time and Part time funding »
A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJU
Alumni undertaking PG level study
will I study?
Trainees will study both Level 3 (Graduate
Diploma) and Level 4 (Postgraduate Certificate) modules. Trainees
who are awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Education will be
eligible to continue their studies towards a Masters degree on a
part-time basis at York St John University. Professional modules
studied will aim to develop the trainee from an entrant to an
emerging professional within secondary education and consider
appropriate theories of teaching and learning. Current issues in
education will also be addressed and trainees will be expected to
analyse and evaluate critically their response towards
professionalism and the practitioner in the 21st century. These
modules will be supported by school placements at key points during
Out of the 180 day programme, 120 are spent in
schools working in partnership with each other and York St John
University. About half of your school-based time is spent in
classroom teaching practice, the bulk of this being in the summer
term. It is a great privilege to be a mentor in a partnership
school. York St John is continually providing relevant and
necessary training for us and is hugely supportive of both the
schools and the trainees.
"I genuinely feel that the trainees could not be
better supported and equally it is wonderful to have such a close
link to the University."
Mentor, Easingwold School
will I be assessed?
There are no formal examinations and assessment
takes the form of continuous assessment to include course work
assignments produced as a result of professional practice, research
and school based training.
External Examiner comments
Our external examiner said:
"Once again I was extremely impressed by the
quality and nature of the partnership between the university and
its partner schools. The degree of involvement by mentors in the
shaping and reviewing of the programme is exemplary. Both trainees
and mentors praised the high levels of support offered by
university tutors. Trainees were particularly grateful for all the
support they received from University staff whom they described as
‘expert practitioners’; who are ‘passionate about what they do’;
who ‘really do care’; and who make ‘an excellent team’."
(External Examiner report 2012)
Studying at York St John for my PGCE was one of
the most creative, rewarding and fulfilling years of my life. The
training was dynamic, varied and challenging. There was an
excellent blend of professional and subject specific training that
has proved invaluable in my life as a Religious Studies
teacher. The lecturers, visit to places of worship and
teaching placements were outstanding learning environments to
develop as a trainee. The support and advice was exceptional, and I
still feel as part of a special leaning community.
PGCE Secondary RE Graduate
Degree programme information