About the course
This course will prepare you to teach RE in Key Stages 3-4. Being an RE teacher in schools today requires that you are able to teach the major world religions; non-religious beliefs; philosophy of religion and ethics. This course will help you to develop your subject knowledge in key areas to ensure that you are confident teaching the RE curriculum.
To be an effective classroom practitioner means that in addition to sound subject knowledge, you need to have a good understanding of teaching and learning. The course enables you to be in school from day 1 to engage with current thinking in RE and to consider how theories of learning can improve your classroom practice.
The interview will include:
A formal interview with members of the ITT team.
A pre – set task to be delivered in a short teaching episode to an appropriate group of students.
A Literacy test for those who have not passed their Professional Skills tests prior to interview.
Interview decisions will not be communicated to applicants directly through the partnership but through the UCAS system.
All of our interviews take place in schools within the partnership. If you would like to speak to us about the programme please contact us through the contacts page
How school placements work
On the secondary programme you will spend 2 terms in your home school and 1 term in your second school with opportunities for further training at our partner schools.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
For information on Government loans and training bursaries, please visit the Student Finance England and Get into Teaching websites.
For more information, please see our Fees and finance webpages
The usual entry requirement for this course is an Honours degree (2:2 or above) in Theology and/or Religious Studies. Applicants with different degrees and relevant professional experience are considered, particularly if those degrees are in Philosophy or Sociology and applicants are willing to extend their subject knowledge by attending a subject knowledge booster course or completing additional modules in Theology or Religious Studies at HE level as required.
Passes at GCSE in English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 are required.
Selection is based on performance at interview, a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and a satisfactory DBS-enhanced-disclosure. It would be advantageous to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young-people in another context at interview. The ‘Qualifications’ section describes our standard offer. If you have a different academic background, equivalent to degree-level, you can make an application through UCAS for consideration. The DfE entry requirement to pass professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy has been removed for 2020/21 entry onwards. PGCE trainees will be benchmarked during their training against a Government-defined set of mathematics and English skills.
About the training provider
Choosing Schools Direct through the North Devon Teaching School Alliance is the entry point to North Devon's best Primary and Secondary Schools. We offer a one year school-based programme where trainees are part of a school team from day one.
School Direct trainees benefit from a full 40-week schedule. Complementing their time learning the job in school trainees receive HEI lecturers, and a contrasting second school Key Stage experience. For secondary, subject specialism days have been developed across our schools to support subject and pedagogy specialisms.
Shared training across the Alliance gives complete and contrasting experiences. Trainee teachers who successfully complete all modules are awarded a P.G.C.E. Post Graduate Certificate of Education (including up to 60 Masters credits) with Qualified Teacher Status. School Direct is designed to give experienced professionals and higher class degree students an alternative pathway to a career as a teacher, whilst enabling schools to develop exactly the teachers they need.
Our combination of expert school based practitioners and University partners brings teacher education pedagogy and up to date research within a school based setting. We nurture our talent and provide the essential classroom experiences that allow trainees to put theory into practice as they develop into an outstanding practitioner.
About the accredited body
We work with the University of Exeter who offer our secondary phase School Direct PGCE provision :
Trainees are based entirely in schools for the academic year. They are registered with the university and are eligible for training bursaries and student loans. The Masters modules are delivered by distance learning, through two online 30-credit modules, plus other online tools.
We can offer the following subjects:
Design & Technology
Training with disabilities and other needs
We will assess individual needs on a one to one basis to enable them fair access to our programmes.
The University of Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy.
PGCE trainees can access the support of a Wellbeing Services Welfare Caseworker to discuss concerns, talk through options for support or understand more about how the University Wellbeing Services may be able to help.
Alongside the support described above, every PGCE trainee is assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. If the Occupational Health provider recommends any adjustments, the University’s Partnership Office will ensure you are placed in schools where these adjustments can be made, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
North Devon Teaching School Alliance
Woolacombe School, Beach Road, Woolacombe, Devon EX34 7BT
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
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