PGCE Secondary Religious Education with QTS

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The PGCE Secondary Religious Education course is an exciting and challenging 36 week training programme which will prepare you for the teaching profession (see course calendar below).

The aim of the course is to prepare you to become a confident and excellent secondary Religious Education teacher. Creativity, innovation, critical reflection, academic rigour and professionalism are key attributes which we highly regard, foster and expect from you if you are accepted onto our course. 

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 2X6H
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
One year

Location:
Swansea
School/Faculty:
SWW Centre of Teacher Education
Contact Name:
Rachel Kay Bendall
Contact Email:
rachel.bendall@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice
English   Welsh



  • Great teachers influence kids’ lives. My RE teacher's enthusiasm had an effect on me and I want to pass that on. A big inspiration. Religious education is open and always relevant. Everyone’s value is the same.

    Matthew Jones

  • My teacher was amazing. She loved the subject which rubbed off on us. It was the energy in the subject, it's a fun subject. You learn so much history but it is still up-to-date and always changing. Religion forms people’s opinions and it's a good way to get people talking. The world is changing and people need to change with it.

    Georgia Evans

  • RE implements morals. We live in a multicultural country and religion is all around us. There's so much negativity around the subject but it's fun and interesting. I've always loved RE, teaching it is the perfect job.

    Lauren Sheppard

  • RE lessons in school have made me who I am today. It's such an open-minded subject. It encourages you to explore your beliefs and develops young people into good, moral, open-minded citizens.

    Elle Murray

  • Teaching is one of the professions where you can change lives. Everyone remembers that one teacher who made an impact. You cannot escape religion, it is a core part of society. The more we encourage tolerance, get rid of ignorance and know more, the better society can be. RE teaches respect for one another.

    Lauren Slye

  • Teaching is one of the oldest professions on the planet. Jesus, Gandhi, Buddha, Martin Luther King and Aristotle we're all teachers known through history. As a result as a teacher you are entering the same book. With RE there's no right or wrong, it's what you feel in your heart. Religion makes an impact on people's lives.

    Tom Cross

  • Learning religious education in secondary school massively influenced me choosing it to do for a degree. There's so many misconceptions about RE; it also includes topics such as ethics and morals teaches life skills and respect.

    Seren Speake

  • I come from a small village in Wales which is very rural with not much diversity. I want to educate people on the truth and what they see in the media is not the full truth. People say religion is the problem but it's not religion it's the people.

    Lana Jones

  • RE forms the basis of our constitutional systems and laws. The teaching of consistent messages to break down stereotypes. Swansea is running for City of Culture and that's diversity. Celebrating differences and why people do what they do. For some, religion is their life and to understand religion is to understand people. Teachers saved me − I'm here because of them. What they teach and how they teach you can impact on someone's life. Saving someone else is one of my goals.

    Nikita Forbes

  • RE is about discussion and is so relevant. It’s very interesting because I learned about different cultures and how others live their lives. The gives young people all the facts so that they can choose. It develops future generations’ thoughts on issues.

    Ashley Gibbons-Green

  • RE discusses difficult topics and listens to both sides to enable young people to make their own decisions. It enables young people to form opinions.

    Alys Rosser

  • The RE curriculum has changed; it now includes literacy, numeracy, digital competency and humanities. In the past it focused on Christianity and today it looks at many religions. All the information is then there to allow them to make up their own mind. It's learning about everyone else in the world - broadening society. The world is getting smaller.

    Hannah Jones


  • Module 01: Principles of Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy in Secondary Education (Level 6 – English only.  Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)
  • Module 02: Skills and learning across the Curriculum (Level 6 – Welsh or English. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)
  • Module 03: Investigating Issues in Secondary Education (Level 6 and 7 – Welsh or English. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)
  • Module 04: Curriculum Development and Enhancement (Level 6 - Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. and Level 7 – Post-graduate Cert.Ed..  Both English only)
  • Module 05: Professional Teaching Experience (Level 6 – English or Welsh/bilingual. Post-graduate or Professional Graduate Cert.Ed. pathway available)

In choosing this course you will be guided and supported by quality new and well established staff with recent and relevant experience of secondary school provision. The Religious Education Department boasts a fully bilingual provision, which is supported further by the long-established English and Welsh medium schools and very experienced school/college mentors who are in partnership with us.

Being geographically well placed to serve the whole of South Wales, and having the best employment rate throughout Wales makes it easy to understand why our programme is the largest provider of Secondary PGCE training and Secondary PGCE Religious Education training in Wales. Choosing this course means that you’ll be able to utilise a wide variety of excellent Religious Education and ICT resources, and enjoy a range of post-course continued professional development opportunities.

Module 01 Principles of teaching, learning and pedagogy in secondary education

  • Coursework: 8000 words
  • Literature reviews/ Reflective presentation / Evaluative commentary

Module 02 Skills across the curriculum

  • Coursework – 4000 words
  • Conference style paper

Module 03a or 03  Investigating issues in secondary education

  • Coursework : 4000 words equivalent
  • An investigation using problem based learning  & critical evaluation.

Module 04a or 04  Curriculum development and enhancement

  • Coursework : 4000 words equivalent
  • A critical analysis of a teaching intervention

Professional Teaching Experience

  • Placement [100%]
  • Achievement of QTS evidenced by PDP and formative and summative assessments by mentors, senior mentors and tutors.  Moderated by University internal and external examiners

For the September 2015 entry you will need a B grade at GCSE in English and Mathematics and if you intend to follow your course through the medium of Welsh, a C grade in Welsh.

If you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process you will be given the opportunity to sit the equivalency test. If you are successful and you accept your place to study with us then you can start your programme as planned. Attendance at the workshops prior to the test is a compulsory part of the equivalency testing programme.

For further information please contact PGCE secondary admin: 01792 482111, S_PGCE@uwtsd.ac.uk

Good GCSE and A level qualifications in Religious Education are generally expected.  The normal minimum entry requirement to the programme is a second class honours degree in Religious Studies or in a strongly connected discipline.  A Level 'equivalent' qualifications such as BTEC Advanced will also be taken into account.  Details of particular subject entry requirements can be obtained by contacting the tutors named below. 

If accepted onto our course, you will be required to obtain a clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly known as CRB, Criminal Records Bureau) clearance check as soon as possible.

If you were called to interview, it would be advantageous if you gained some work experience at a secondary school in order that you begin to realise what it means to be a classroom teacher and understand the demands that would face you in your chosen career. Spending some of your time with the Religious Education department would, or course, be beneficial.

The PGCE Secondary programme has a well-established link with the CANTEACH programme that supports and facilitates Canadian graduates’ application to the PGCE Secondary programme. 

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Many school and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many of our trainees have gone on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.

Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with us as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become Subject Mentors on the programme.  This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.

Recently our PGCE Religious Education graduates have gone on to work as Secondary teachers in many independent and state schools in Wales, England and abroad including (but not limited) to: The John Bentley School (Wiltshire), Pontypridd High School, Mary Immaculate High School (Cardiff), Caerphilly County Borough Council, Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen (Bridgend), Heronsbridge School (Bridgend), Groby Brookvale High School (Leicester), St Martin's Comprehensive School (Caerphilly), St Cyres School (Penarth), Aberareon Secondary School, Ysgol y Deri (Penarth), Avonbourne College (Bournemouth), Richard Hale Boy's School (Essex) and Queen Elizabeth High School (Carmarthen).  

If you are called to an interview you would need to undertake 30 minute Literacy and Numeracy tests and if you wanted to follow the course through the medium of Welsh, an additional Welsh Literacy test.  You would also be asked to undertake: a presentation related to your subject area, a subject knowledge and critical analysis written task, and a formal interview with a subject tutor and possibly a school mentor.

You would need to demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm for Religious Education, as well as an awareness of recent developments and statutory requirements in Religious Education.