Religious Education with King's College London (University of London)

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

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
Website
http://www.kcl.ac.uk

About the course

Located in the heart of London, PGCE courses at King’s are rated Outstanding by Ofsted with excellent tutors on hand to support you through your training. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014). You will have the opportunity to work with experienced tutors who are actively engaged in research in their subject and in pedagogy more widely. 96% of 2017 graduates who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying. In our 2018 student survey, 92% of trainees rated the quality of their training as very good or good.

The PGCE RE course offers opportunities to investigate the different religious and non-religious worldviews that are taught in schools, but we still assume that you will come onto the course with significant subject knowledge. This is why we require degree level evidence of such knowledge.

The course is designed to train you to become a skilful and reflective classroom practitioner. To this end we focus equipping you to meet the professional standards required to attain Qualified Teacher Status and these provide the framework for the course. There are two strands to our course: one focuses on RE subject-specific work, the other encompasses an exploration of generic issues related to professional practice and educational policy.

The RE strand is met through subject-specific sessions, in which we explore, debate, and clarify the aims in religious education. We focus on how to translate these aims into effective classroom practice, exploring practically how to devise lesson plans, how to choose or create engaging and appropriate resources, and how to ensure that our planning is shaped by an accurate and responsive understanding of the nature and needs of our pupils. In this way we seek to enable our pupils to become religiously literate.

The other strand is met through our 'Policy and Professional Practice' programme, through which we explore and debate the aims, purposes and provision of education in the UK today. This programme is formed of a weekly lecture, followed by seminars in cross-curricular groups, in which you are encouraged to discuss and reflect upon these issues, in light of insights gained from your school placements.

Interview process

The selection process normally involves an interview, a short presentation by the candidate, a discussion and a short piece of writing.

We select our trainees when we have evidence of the following qualities:

  • a conceptual understanding of the content of religious education or philosophical thinking
  • an ability to think and reason clearly
  • an ability to interact effectively with pupils
  • an ability to interact with colleagues
  • an ability to present ideas clearly and at an appropriate level
  • an ability to recognise own shortcomings
  • a strong desire to continue to learn
  • flexibility of mind and the potential necessary to improve
  • successful experience with children or clear potential for this
  • clarity and accuracy of written and spoken English
  • a successful study record
  • perseverance and stamina
  • a passion for Religious Education

How school placements work

You will have two different school placements during the course. We work with a large number of schools around London and Greater London and we select school placements carefully, taking into account the teachers who act as mentors and the subjects they offer.

We try to ensure that all trainees have a reasonable journey to school and to ensure that you have a balanced teaching experience including the full secondary age (11-18) and ability range.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £19,320

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.

Requirements

Qualifications

Applicants should have one of the following degrees at 2:1 level or above:

  • a degree in Theology or Religious Studies or Philosophy
  • a joint degree in Theology or Religious Studies and one other subject
  • a degree in a related subject in which Theology or Religious Studies constitutes roughly 40% of the content of the degree
  • a higher degree containing a range of Theological or Religious Studies components such as a Masters or a PhD.

Personal qualities

  • an ability to think and reason clearly
  • an ability to interact effectively with pupils
  • an ability to interact with colleagues
  • an ability to present ideas clearly and at an appropriate level
  • an ability to recognise own shortcomings
  • a strong desire to continue to learn
  • flexibility of mind and the potential necessary to improve
  • successful experience with children or clear potential for this
  • clarity and accuracy of written and spoken English
  • evidence of conceptual understanding
  • a successful study record
  • perseverance and stamina
  • a passion for Religious Education

Other requirements

All applicants for teacher training programmes must pass the Department for Education’s Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests prior to commencing their teacher training course.

The Department for Education requires the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau) to vet the background of persons working in their schools. Candidates offered a place on a PGCE course will be asked to complete an enhanced check with the DBS to ensure they do not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working as a teacher. This must be completed before you register on the programme.

About the training provider

Experience: King’s has been training teachers for over 120 years and has developed a reputation for excellence in its training methods. The PGCE academics are qualified teachers themselves and are highly experienced in teacher training.

Reputation: King’s has developed a reputation for excellence in both training methods and the standards of new teachers we train. At the most recent Ofsted inspection King’s was graded 'Outstanding'.

Location: Based in the heart of London, King’s is surrounded by landmarks and cultural institutions that we incorporate into our training. Transport links are extensive as the campus is only minutes from Waterloo station.

Student satisfaction: Trainees value the effectiveness of their training in preparing them for their teaching career. 92% of graduates rated the quality of our training as very good or good in the 2018 student survey.

Employment prospects: 96% of 2017 graduates who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying. Many schools actively contact us to try and recruit our trainees during the academic year.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental health, but few health problems past or present preclude applicants from teaching.

We always welcome applications from people with disabilities. Candidates offered a place must complete a pre-commencement health declaration form. If this reveals a need, King's provides appropriate school placements, support and monitoring for the trainee during the course. If you have any questions about health, disability, or the support provided, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact details

Email
prospective@kcl.ac.uk
Telephone
020 7848 2979
Website
http://www.kcl.ac.uk
Address
King's Admissions Office
James Clerk Maxwell Building
London

Apply

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: K60
  • Training programme code: V6X1

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Code Name Address
Main Site Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Bridge Wing, Waterloo Road, London SE1 9NN

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