About the course
- Prepare for a rewarding career in secondary Religious Education teaching.
- Gain vital hands-on experience with 120 days of in-school training.
- Attain a masters level PGCE, or PCE, with full Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
- Train and a reflect in a supportive, collaborative learning environment.
- Benefit from a course employment record of 90% and over.
Earn the academic qualifications, pedagogical knowledge and practical experience you need to become an excellent teacher able to teach a rich and diverse curriculum. The key aim of the programme is to deliver a high quality, current and relevant course of training, leading to outstanding outcomes.
This course is vocational in its nature – designed to produce highly proficient RE teachers, passionate and fully prepared for full-time employment. You'll undertake 120 days of placement work across two school settings, providing vital experience of the realities of teaching, supported by a subject mentor in your school and a personal development tutor at the University. Underpinned, by extensive training through on-campus learning, activities and independent academic work.
You learn through
- 120 days of school-based training across at least two settings
- collaborative planning
- one-to-one sessions
- group work
- independent study
- written assessments
- KS5 enhancement
- field trips
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If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.
The selection event is a process which assesses if you're suitable for a place on the course. It's a chance to show us your knowledge about the subject and your enthusiasm for the career. Being invited to a selection event doesn't mean you're guaranteed a place on the course - the point of the day is to help us come to a mutual decision. We need to decide whether to make you an offer and you need to decide whether you like the course and the university.
We aim to make the interview process as rigorous and informative as possible. It's very much a two-way process, where you can evaluate what we offer while we find out more about you. In order to help us explore your thinking and subject knowledge, and for you to decide if this is the right course for you, we have a number of activities we usually use as part of the interview process.
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How school placements work
This course ensures that you'll have the real-life experience you need to enter teaching, you will spend most of your time (120 days) in schools, working with Religious Education mentors who support you through your school placements. We are fortunate to have a good choice of schools with whom we work, with many outstanding mentors and strong religious education departments. Achieved through a strong working partnership with a broad range of schools in the Sheffield area and beyond, offering unique opportunities to learn how to teach a diverse mix of students, across the secondary key stages.
This aspect of the PGCE introduces you to recognising key elements of good RE teaching, helping to develop your own teaching skills, whilst gaining an understanding of how schools work, children learn and pedagogy in action. This exploration of the link between theory and practice is central to your PGCE Religious Education course. Whilst on placement you can expect at least two visits from a tutor to observe lessons and monitor progress. Together with regular school-based mentor meetings and CPD. Many of our students go on into full-time positions at their placement school.
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
If you are starting a PGCE in secondary education you may be entitled to financial support:
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GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics, or equivalent. Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English. We consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining GCSEs.
An honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of theology, religious studies or philosophy.
GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are
• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn, where possible within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.
You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in religious studies-related or other educational activities.
You will be required to complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms
If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent.
About the training provider
Sheffield Hallam University is one of the UK's largest universities, based in the heart of Sheffield, one of the UK’s biggest student cities.
Sheffield is the fifth biggest city in the UK with over 60,000 students, it has a mix of culture and green spaces.
We have invested over £100 million in new buildings and facilities over the last five years, providing innovative, flexible and sustainable spaces to enhance student experience.
We pride ourselves on the applied nature of our courses. We offer one of the largest and most diverse range of placements in the region. We’ve built up a network of over 600 partner schools, colleges and other educational establishments, and we work together to our mutual advantage.
You will study at our centre of education that is recognised for excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. Our academics, researchers and partners in schools work together to ensure you become a committed and professional graduate, with the opportunity to return to us throughout your career to further your professional development.
We received an overall student satisfaction rating of 86% in the 2019 National Student Survey. This result places us in the top 30 universities in the country for student satisfaction. We also received a Silver rating in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.
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Training with disabilities and other needs
If you have a disability, including long term medical conditions, specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and A(D)HD) and mental health conditions, you can access additional support for your academic studies whilst at Sheffield Hallam.
Students can receive support for a wide variety of conditions. There is extensive support available, including
• Learning contracts- reasonable adjustments to your course such as extensions or extra time in exams
• Support workers - like a mentor to help with organisation, or a personal assistant to help with mobility
• Equipment/Assistive Technology and software - such as digital recorders or text to speech software
We have an on-site assessment Centre, the Sheffield Regional Assessment Centre, where a range of disability specialists can carry out Study Needs Assessments.
We run daily drop in sessions - come and talk to us, no appointment needed. You can also register for support online.
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