Religious Education PGCE
The course is designed to prepare students to deal with all aspects of Religious Education in a multi-cultural society. The course content includes discussions about the nature of religious education in schools and the social, emotional and cognitive and moral development of children, as well as the more practical aspects involved in teaching such as lesson planning and assessment.
The course focuses on the teaching of the six main world religions, with the intention of informing children and equipping them with the skills needed to build their own frameworks of meanings and values.
The course benefits from having well qualified and supportive tutors, who have an excellent blend of teaching experience, expertise in initial teacher education and up to date and relevant knowledge of developments in education and the world of educational research,
Through two small scale research projects you can also gain 60 Masters level credits.
We aim to help you become the best teacher that you can be. This involves developing appropriate professional values, being secure in your knowledge and understanding of RE and understanding how best to turn your subject matter into engaging and challenging forms.
We also wish to develop teachers who are reflective practitioners. As the future generation of teachers, it is important that you are able to evaluate your own practice, seek ways to improve the experience of pupils in your charge, and contribute to the future development and debate surrounding both RE and education in general.
Structure and Assessment
The course is structured around 6 phases.
Phases 1-3 before Christmas.
• Phase 1: Two weeks of observation.
• Phase 2: 7 weeks split between university and school
• Phase 3: five week teaching placement in school 1.
Phases 4-6 after Christmas
• Phase 4: 6 weeks split between university and school 2.
• Phase 5: 13 week teaching placement in school 2.
• Phase 6: 3 week experience, mainly university
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
International Student Requirements:
If English is not your first language, the University of Southampton English Language requirements for study apply i.e.TOEFL 600 / computer based 250 or better for IELTS 6.5 or better