Religious Education with Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) Accredited provider: University of Cumbria

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

Do you want to play a part in the personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of young people? If so, how about becoming an RE teacher?

We’ve designed our highly-rated PGCE Secondary Education in RE, so that you explore a variety of approaches to delivering quality RE and learn how to confidently devise and deliver interesting and inspiring lessons to pupils of all secondary ages and abilities.

Interview process

You apply to train to teach with the Catholic Teaching Alliance via UCAS. On the interview day you will have four key areas to focus upon.

Firstly, you will have two written tasks to complete, thirty minutes per task. One, based upon the importance of managing behaviour both in the classroom and around school, you will have chance to prepare in advance. The other is a subject knowledge audit, questions on your chosen subject area.

You will then be asked to deliver a twenty-minute mini -teach, teaching a small group of pupils on a subject provided five days in advance of the interview. We are looking for a passion for your subject, a positive rapport with pupils and your potential to be outstanding in the classroom.

Finally, you will be interviewed by two members of the Catholic Teaching Alliance.

How school placements work

You will have two contrasting school placements, both in Catholic schools.

  • Placement 1 (September to December) Initial Experience Phase: Monday - Thursday

Three weeks observing followed by a gradual build-up of teaching time to 7 hours per week in Key Stage 3 classes.

  • Placement 2 (January to June) Sustained Enactment Phase: Monday - Friday

Two weeks observing followed by a gradual build-up of teaching time to 12 hours per week in Key Stage 3 and GCSE classes.

Throughout your placements you will have the support and guidance of trained mentors in your placement school.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

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 - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Minimum requirements -

2:2 Honours Degree

English and Mathematics at GCSE level at Grade ‘C’ or above, or equivalent.

Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. Subject requirements do vary so potential applicants must check individual subject pages on the website for further details on specific subject requirements.

Successful completion of Numeracy and Literacy Skills tests.

*Subject Knowledge Enhancements SKEare available in most subjects.

Personal qualities

Passion, professionalism and purpose.

We are looking for people who have an ability to inspire others, a passion to transform young lives and a willingness to learn the profession of teaching from outstanding practitioners.

Inspire others, transform lives, teach.

Other requirements

A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Background clearance check prior to starting the course.

Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course.

We strongly recommend that you obtain some secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing in your chosen teaching specialism before applying.

About the training provider

‘Aspirational training to achieve inspirational teachers with pupils’ learning and well-being at the heart of our partnership’

Our unique approach to fostering a positive environment where each trainee is known to us as an individual remains one of our greatest strengths and one of the main reasons prospective trainees choose us.

The Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) is underpinned by a shared passion to train and develop outstanding and inspirational teachers who are highly employable and dedicated professionals. We aim to deliver the Catholic school leaders of tomorrow. You do not have to be a Catholic to train with us, though you will be expected to uphold the Catholic values of our family of schools. The Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) is a partnership of over 60 primary, secondary and post 16 establishments based mainly in the Dioceses of Lancaster, Liverpool and Salford. The lead school is Our Lady’s Catholic High School in Preston, ‘Outstanding’ in all categories from Ofsted in 2012 and a National Teaching School from 2014.

School Direct placements across the partnership ensure that trainees work alongside outstanding practitioners within high performing Catholic schools. We use the best qualified staff with existing expertise to deliver a quality assured training programme to support trainees based upon the Teachers’ Standards. By doing so, we are confident in ensuring quality training at all levels. Typically, 100% of our trainees graduate with Good or Outstanding grades.

We can offer support and guidance with your application at our frequent 'Drop - in' information sessions.

About the accredited provider

The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCE) in Secondary and General Primary Education Programme offers an opportunity to receive inspirational training. This full time course enables students to focus on their specialist area or subject whilst, at the same time, helping them to understand and participate in the wider aspects of school. As it is a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, it entails work at Masters Level (level 7). This recognises the high levels achieved by students on this Programme and rewards this with Masters-level credits. 'Pedagogy for Learning' days are based at the Lancaster campus or at our training centre in Preston.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All our students have access to University of Cumbria support as well as that offered within our school direct alliance. Much of this university-based support is available online and electronically and so is accessible at a distance.

Library and Student Services (LiSS) at the University of Cumbria supports your learning, teaching and research needs by providing pro-active, academically focused services, innovative learning spaces and modern facilities. LiSS is responsible for libraries, information advice and guidance, careers guidance and employability, enhancement and information, academic skills development, student health and wellbeing, disability services and student development. For more details please refer to

Contact details

01772 326931
Catholic Teaching Alliance (North)
St Anthony's Drive


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: 1GB
  • Training programme code: 28ZY

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
- Main Site St Anthony's Drive, Fulwood, Preston PR2 3SQ

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