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.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 1 years full-time
  • Start date – September 2019, September 2020
  • School – Education

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £9,250

    International 2019-20 £12,500

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

Modules include:

  • Learning and Teaching in Subject Studies (Secondary) (30 credits)
  • The Developing Professional (Secondary) (30 credits)
  • School Experience 1 (0 credits)
  • School Experience 2 (0 credits)
  • School Experience 3 (0 credits)

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.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

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.

Career outcomes

You will leave us prepared to start work as a Newly Qualified Teacher in Religious Education.

Fees and funding

To study for a Postgraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £9,250 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £12,500 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

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