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Postgraduate course

Secondary Education (University-centred) RE PGCE

We work together with schools, mentors, subject communities and other education professionals to train outstanding Religious Education teachers.

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This route, which is currently only available for the Religious Education subject specialism, means spending more time in academic sessions based at the University compared to the school-centred option. You will still have plenty of opportunity to build your teaching experience with school placements throughout the year.

York campus

  • Duration – 1 years full-time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Education

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250

    International 2020-21 £12,750

Course overview

Your school placements will build your skills and confidence as you progress towards Qualified Teacher Status, while your academic sessions will deepen your understanding both of your subject and your profession. Our Schools Teaching Alliance partners work with us to develop our courses and to give you the best possible experience of teaching and learning.

We are committed to delivering outstanding education and training that is current and relevant. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of both Religious Education and wider educational issues. You will leave us ready to be an outstanding teacher and leader with a strong professional identity.

Course Structure

Level 1


Credits: 30

Compulsory module

This module focuses on educational issues which are common to all teachers. It reflects on local and national policy and practice. You will build your understanding of complex concepts surrounding teaching and learning. We will encourage you to consider wider professional issues and develop your own professional identity.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

This module focuses on how to teach Religious Education in the classroom. You will develop your knowledge of the subject and build the essential pedagogical skills relevant to the secondary school age range. You will consider historical developments in Religious Education and develop an awareness of curriculum developments.

Credits: 0

Compulsory module

The PGCE RE programme involves school experience placements across the year. SE1 is in the autumn term in one school and SE2/SE3 run concurrently in the spring/summer term in a second school. Each placement must be successfully passed in order to proceed to the next.

Entry requirements


Entry requirements for programmes leading to QTS are stipulated by the DfE (ITT Criteria 2018).

These are:

  • GCSE in English (or approved equivalent) at grade C/Level 4
  • GCSE in Mathematics (or approved equivalent) at grade C/Level 4
  • A first degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent in Religious Education or other related discipline.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent (with no skill below 5.5).


Entry onto this course will require you to attend an interview.

Once you've been invited to an interview, you'll be asked to complete a ‘Prior Achievement’ booklet. This enables you to match your current experience against the Teachers’ Standards.

The interview is designed to ensure that you:

  • Have the intellectual and academic capability needed to meet the required teachers’ standards.
  • Can communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

You must obtain a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure check and/or any other appropriate background check. 

Medical Report 

You will need to obtain a satisfactory medical report. 

QTS Skills Tests

Entry onto this course requires that you pass the QTS skills tests in literacy and numeracy.

Once you have submitted your application to us, you will need to arrange to take and pass the tests, ideally before interview. Please refer to the Skills Test guidance for more information.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Teaching and assessment

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 you.  There are also a range of enrichment opportunities within the programme such as trips and events and the opportunity to engage with the wider professional RE community.

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 meeting the teachers’ standards.

Fees and funding

UK & EU 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £9,250 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can use the same student loans system as undergraduate students to pay for this course.

When applying for funding, you will need to:

  • Apply as an undergraduate student
  • Find your course by searching PGCE Secondary RE, university-centred, SLC code 874219 when making your finance application.

You will not be able to apply for a postgraduate master’s loan for this course.

Teacher Training Bursaries and Scholarships

There are 3 types of funding available for teacher training in a range of subjects. These are tax free and awarded based on your circumstances. To find out more visit the Get Into Teaching website.

Get Into Teaching bursaries


Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250

    International 2020-21 £12,750

International (non-EU) 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

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