Religious Education

Religious EdStudent teachers within the Citizenship, Geography, History and Religious Education subject specialisms are taught as a PGCE Humanities group. You will have specialist inputs on your chosen subject and also gain experience of issues in planning and teaching cross-curricular work within the Humanities. Your two school placements are in your specialist subjects.

Religious Education is facing many challenges within the present education system. It is an exciting and relevant subject which plays a major role in helping children to contribute to a cohesive and compassionate society.

As a trainee teacher, you will have the opportunity to develop your personal and professional skills and expand your subject knowledge.

The PGCE programme is both challenging and rewarding and we hope that it will develop both your enthusiasm and confidence as a teacher and Religious Education specialist.

Programme Aims

PCGE Secondary Religious Education aims to:

  • support students to extend and deepen their subject knowledge of Religious Education
  • expose students to a wide range of strategies for teaching and learning and assessment in Religious Education
  • support students in exploring the use of ICT in Religious Education teaching and learning, including Internet resources and services and Blackboard as integral parts of the course
  • support students to individualise their learning on the course as competent and committed professionals

Subject Specialism

The Religious Education subject specialism will run throughout the academic year and will cover a variety of areas including:

  • The meaning and purpose of Religious Education
  • Teaching RE at GCSE and A Level
  • The possibilities, opportunities and limitations in the implementation of the non-statutory National Curriculum Framework for Religious Education
  • Assessment in Religious Education
  • Learning about and learning from religion
  • Teaching religion in a diverse community
  • Social, moral, spiritual and cultural development
  • Holocaust Education
  • Emotive and controversial issues
  • Curriculum Design
  • Citizenship
  • Personal, Social and Health Education


Continuous assessment is used throughout the course and there are no examinations.

Do you need to develop your subject knowledge before applying?

Teach:RE offers distance learning courses for those wanting to teach RE in primary and secondary schools.

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Routes into Teaching

The next Routes into Teaching event will be on Friday 7th December in the Fraser Noble Building at the School of Education, University of Leicester from 4.00 - 5.30pm.

To reserve your place, please go to this website