About the course
Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the religious education secondary school curriculum.
You’ll consider the purpose of religious education in schools, exploring topics from the purpose of life to morality.
You’ll look at creative ways to teach your classes about Religious Education, such as through drama, art, and class trips.
Typically, you’ll visit places of worship from the six major religions and engage in dialogue with people from other faiths and cultural backgrounds. It’s a fantastic opportunity for you to discover places across Greater Manchester for your own class trips, once you’re a qualified teacher.
When you’re at Manchester Met, you’ll mainly study with your PGCE Religious Education (RE) group. You’ll consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona.
You’ll also reflect on topics that sit across the curriculum in schools, such as pastoral care, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE), and citizenship. This helps you to develop subject knowledge that you can use in your future teaching career.
You won’t simply learn teaching methods with us on-campus though – you’ll teach classes in schools too.
You’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become the class teacher.
The assessment day will take place at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and will involve a range of activities including a presentation, followed by an interview with representatives from our Alliance schools. You will also be interviewed by our student panel, complete a written reflection as well as carry out a classroom based activity.
Our University partner will have an equal say in the selection.
All interviewers will consider the following:
- communication skills
- commitment and resilience to teacher training
- knowledge and understanding of the qualities of a teacher
- subject knowledge
- ability to reflect and evaluate your own practice and the practice of others
- personal qualities and knowledge and understanding of the qualities of a teacher
- ability to interact with both adults and young people
It is a rigorous and thorough selection process, designed to recruit the very best candidates for our students.
How school placements work
You will complete two placements and will be allocated to schools within the Chimney House Alliance.
In the spring term you will be allocated to a different school within the Alliance which will give you a contrasting experience and broaden your professional development.
All of the schools in our Alliance have comprehensive intakes and you will have the experience of working with young people of all abilities.
You will have the opportunity of spending time in a primary setting, as well as gaining special school experience to focus on transition, SEND and to give you an insight into all types of learners. At least one of your placements will give you access to post 16 learners to give you the experience of working with learners in all phases and contexts.
The first placement will start early September and involves teaching practice in school each week, with the majority of Fridays being conference days. Our conferences are planned and delivered by outstanding classroom practitioners from colleagues within our Teaching School Alliance
You will have full access to the facilities of The Manchester Metropolitan University. The majority of your time will be school based but there are a number of days where you will be based at the University, far reduced compared to a traditional PGCE route.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Tuition fees are £9,250 and you can apply for a loan to cover these fees and/ or means tested maintenance grant via the student loan company.
There are a range of bursaries and scholarships available and their value by phase, subject and degree classification can be found by visiting the Department of Education website:
Bursaries and scholarships
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.
2:2 UK Honours degree (or international equivalent), which must support the National Curriculum subject knowledge requirements
For exceptional candidates, particularly with substantial relevant work experience in schools/relevant occupations, a 3rd class degree considered.
GCSEs grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, can apply with pending. We offer MMU equivalency tests in English and Maths.
If degree outside UK will require academic IELTS (7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any element).
CSE Grade 1/Scottish Standard Grades 1 -3/Irish Leaving Certificate D at Higher Level or C at Ordinary Level.
Adult Numeracy or Literacy or Key Skills not accepted.
We are looking for ambitious, energetic, dedicated, well-qualified, independent and enthusiastic trainee teachers who are passionate about their subject and have the desire, drive and commitment to inspire all abilities in the secondary age range. Successful applicants will have an understanding of the resilience and emotional intelligence needed to become an outstanding teacher and future leader and to be reflective learners. We are looking for applicants who have excellent subject knowledge and the ability to deliver it in an engaging and creative way to inspire learning. It is key to be an effective communicator and a responsible, accountable professional.
- A satisfactory DBS check, including a check of the children`s barred list.
- An academic reference which is very positive in terms of academic achievement and highly recommends the applicant for a career into teaching. The reference should confirm the person's suitability to work with children, as well as their personal qualities and attributes.
- Health check - all candidates should be medically fit
- School experience is not a requirement for entry to the course, however successful candidates will demonstrate an understanding of teaching and learning within an appropriate educational context.
About the training provider
Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School is the lead school in The Chimney House Alliance (CHA) with a well-established partnership with The Manchester Metropolitan University.
The CHA has a strong track record of collaborative working within ITT including School Direct. This route is designed to maximise the time a trainee spends in school, both on teaching placements and training conferences to ensure a diverse and contrasting range of teacher training experiences.
The CHA is well established and consists of eight 11-18 schools - including a free school and single sex school, six 11-16 schools, a Special School and core primary schools - large, small, urban and rural. Some have achieved outstanding Ofsted ratings.
Our core purpose is to ensure that children learn and achieve and to prepare them for a changing world and the Alliance's Mission is 'Raising achievement through collaboration'.
Staff and students are ambitious and confident and benefit from the extensive Continuous Professional Development programmes we have on offer, from entering the profession as a trainee to becoming a head teacher.
We have established an environment in which staff, students and trainee teachers feel valued and supported. We have worked with trainee teachers for many years and were the first training school consortium in the country.
We offer both a one-year Primary PGCE and a range of secondary PGCE specialisms, including national shortage subjects.
Our expectations are high and our learning environment is fun yet challenging.
Training with disabilities and other needs
All our schools in the partnership, with the exception of Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College have full disabled access as does The Manchester Metropolitan University.
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Selkirk Drive, Holmes Chapel, Crewe CW4 7DX
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