All applicants to the Secondary PGDipEd(QTS) Religious Education course must hold a degree (a minimum of 2:1 is preferable) or equivalent qualification. Your degree should have covered areas that will be taught within RE or humanities such as RE, RS, Philosophy, Sociology, History (ancient or modern), Classics, Theology or Politics.
Your degree may be in Theology, Philosophy, or Religious Studies; these degrees are highly suitable for the role of an RE teacher. If your degree is in another subject area then it is expected that you will either hold either an A Level in RE/RS, Philosophy or Critical Thinking or that a large percentage of your degree study focused on ‘religion’ in its broadest form (i.e study of the Reformation, study of Holocaust, study of current world religious climate etc, study of religious literature and/or figures). The extent of transferable 'religious' and/or 'philosophical' content will be addressed at the interview and through your degree transcript.
Prior observation experience in a secondary school environment is desirable. This need not be undertaken prior to UCAS application but is beneficial; if you are successful in being offered a conditional place on the course, a period of observation in a school setting may be set as a condition requirement.
All candidates also have to:
have a GCSE in Maths and English (grade 4 or above) or an equivalent qualification; alternatively you might be advised to take an Equivalency Test
. The DfE require us to check the original certificates; you therefore cannot start a PGDipEd(QTS) course unless you already hold these qualifications.
pass Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy; please see the Professional Skills Tests section
of the Department for Education web site for more information on the core skills required by trainee teachers
provide a satisfactory medical form
complete an enhanced DBS/police check
complete a Declaration of Suitability to Teach
adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise
New GCSE grades