Secondary Religious Education BA(Hons) with QTS 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
If you're passionate about training to become a secondary Religious Education (RE) teacher, then studying our Secondary Religious Education BA(Hons) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) course could be for you. RE is an important curriculum subject, contributing uniquely to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and in supporting wider community cohesion. You'll have the opportunity gain an in-depth understanding of six major world religions and specialist subject knowledge as well as your ability to teach RE in a way that inspires and engages young people.
You'll be taught by an outstanding team of tutors; we have been ranked in the top five in the Guardian Guide for Education 2016 for the sixth year running. You'll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent specialist equipment.
A significant amount of your learning will take place whilst on placement within our partnership schools. You'll benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, gain practical hands-on experience and mentoring to help you develop into an outstanding and successful teacher.
The course is designed to develop your specialist subject knowledge, skills and understanding of religious education, alongside your understanding of subject specific pedagogies, the statutory and non-statutory curriculum, and the development of practical teaching skills.
In the education modules, we'll help prepare you for the classroom; you'll study behaviour for learning, assessment and inclusion, and a range of professional issues in secondary education. We'll help develop your understanding of the RE curriculum; how to plan and develop learning activities which provoke challenging questions, encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs and build their sense of identity and their respect for others in order to help you plan and teach creative lessons which support pupils' progress in in RE.
The Religious Education modules have been carefully selected to develop your specialist subject knowledge for teaching. Religion is a prominent and often controversial aspect of contemporary society. The academic study of religion engages with a range of related subjects such as sociology, ethics and philosophy. You'll have the opportunity to learn about the major world religions and their place in modern society; and to think deeply about how society deals with religion and how religion deals with society.
An Introduction to Abrahamic Religions
This module provides an introduction to the origins, key beliefs and practices of Judaism, Christianity and Islam; and the ways in which insiders and outsiders learn about them. Assessment is typically via a test, poster development and a piece of written work.
An Introduction to Dharmic Religions
This module provides an introduction to the origins, key beliefs and practices of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhi; and the ways in which insiders and outsiders learn about them. You’ll typically be assessed via an in-class test and the development of a study pack.
Behaviour for Learning
This module introduces you to the professional role and expectations of teachers with regards to your own personal and professional conduct and in developing appropriate, positive and learning behaviours in pupils. You’ll develop an understanding of the statutory frameworks and policies which underpin teachers’ professional practice including the responsibilities for ensuring the safeguarding and well-being of pupils. You’ll also have the opportunity to critically analyse factors which influence and impact on pupils’ behaviour and learn a range of strategies and approaches for managing and developing behaviour for learning in the classroom.
Developing Pedagogy and Professional Practice (Induction)
This module introduces you to your specialist subject within the curriculum and key specialist subject pedagogy to help prepare you for your first teaching placement. You’ll be supported to learn a range of planning, teaching and learning strategies in your subject and begin to develop your professional practice through reflection, target setting and continual evaluation and refinement. During the placement you’ll have the opportunity to plan lessons and sequences of lessons to support the learning of individual pupils, groups and whole classes. You’ll then seek to evaluate the impact of your initial teaching on pupils’ progress and engagement and begin to demonstrate your ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards. Assessment is typically via written assignments and preparation of a teaching file.
Abrahamic Religion in Contemporary Contexts
This module examines key events in the development of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your understanding of these religions and the ways in which they are represented in and interact with contemporary societies. Assessment is typically via coursework and may involve researching and writing a portfolio.
Dharmic Religion in Contemporary Contexts
This module examines key events in the development of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhi. You'll also have the opportunity to develop your understanding of these religions and the ways in which they are represented in and interact with contemporary societies. Assessment is typically via coursework and may involve researching and writing a portfolio.
Assessment for Learning
This module focuses on the important role of assessment in supporting pupils’ learning. You’ll have the opportunity to learn the theories and concepts associated with formative and summative assessment and ways of implementing these effectively in the classroom. During your school experience you’ll be supported to engage a range of assessment strategies with a group of learners and systematically reflect on the impact of these on learners’ progress.
Developing Pedagogy and Professional Practice (Application)
This module seeks to further develop your understanding of your specialist subject within the curriculum and the specific pedagogy which underpins successful teaching and learning within the subject. You’ll be supported to implement a range of evidence based teaching and learning strategies in your subject and further develop your professional practice through reflection, target setting and continual evaluation and refinement. During the second teaching placement you’ll have the opportunity to take increasing responsibility for planning sequences of lessons to support pupils’ learning. You’ll seek to further evaluate the impact of your teaching on pupils’ progress and engagement and demonstrate your ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards. Assessment is typically via a written critical reflection and the submission of a portfolio of your teaching.
Ethics, Education and Society
This module seeks to scrutinise philosophical terminology and concepts used in the study of ethics; for example investigating ideas such as ‘goodness’ and ‘freewill’. You’ll be invited to examine closely the origin and motivation for people’s values and to question whether values are fixed or whether they change depending on different sets of circumstances. You’ll develop your understanding of what constitutes an ethical dilemma and how ethical arguments are constructed. This helps you to analyse arguments effectively and recognise their strengths and weaknesses. The module introduces a range of contemporary, real-life situations for you to consider in the light of ethical theory studied, therefore seeking to equip you with a thorough understanding of the nature of ethics and ethical dilemmas.
Dissertation: Research into Secondary Education
This module helps the development of knowledge, understanding and skills required to utilise basic research methods to explore a specific question in a small-scale investigation within the context of a secondary school. The findings are analysed critically with reference to published theory and recent research.
Developing Inclusive Practice
This module introduces you to the barriers of inclusion and equality of opportunity that children and families may encounter and to inclusive teaching and learning strategies which are designed to overcome these. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a period of working as a classroom teaching assistant in your second placement and be supported by mentors to enable you to apply theory in your teaching practice.
Developing Pedagogy and Professional Practice in Seconday Education (Consolidation)
This module helps consolidate your professional practice as a teacher. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake two sustained teaching placements in two schools. You’ll implement a range of evidence based teaching and learning strategies in your subject and further develop your professional practice through reflection, target setting and continual evaluation and refinement. You’ll then seek to evaluate the impact of your teaching on pupils’ progress and engagement and demonstrate your ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards. Assessment is typically via the presentation of a portfolio of evidence and a critical evaluation demonstrating the impact of your teaching on the learners’ progress over time.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
A key element of your studies and learning takes place whilst you're on placement. You'll undertake a number of compulsory placements as part of your programme, in fact you'll spend at least 120 days in our partner schools. In Years 1 and 2, on average, trainees undertake a compulsory assessed teaching placement of between 6-8 weeks duration and in Year 3 and extended placement of 12-14 weeks duration.
You'll experience the wider role of a teacher in secondary education. You'll have the support of both subject and professional mentors in schools who will help you to develop your practice through observations, planning meetings, weekly tutorials, reports and in-depth lesson evaluations. Your university tutor will visit you in school to guide, support and evaluate your progress.
Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching year (NQT year) within a secondary school setting.
Professional links and accreditations
Upon successful completion of the programme we recommend Qualified Teaching Status be awarded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership .
Teaching and assessment
You'll learn in small, friendly and supportive groups, designed to give you the confidence to succeed.Course tutors are very experienced and supportive and you'll have a personal tutor to support you through your studies. Teaching is through workshops, tutorials, seminars and lectures, some with guest speakers and through group work with other teacher trainees from a variety of subject specialisms.
Assessment is typically through the completion of a range of classroom activities, written assignments, reports, presentations, personal subject audits, and the development of portfolios of evidence.Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
- permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
Who will teach me?
Some of our teaching staff who may teach you on this course include:
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,250.
Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
Please also note:
• Your placements could be in Huddersfield or surrounding areas, so please consider any travelling costs you may incur.
• A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required to enable you to undertake placements in settings with children. We arrange this as part of the application process. Please note that there is a charge for the DBS check which is approximately £44.
Upon successful completion of your undergraduate studies, progression onto the following postgraduate programmes may be of interest:
If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.
If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.
If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.
How to apply
We hope you are interested in what you have seen and want to apply to join us.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.
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Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching year (NQT year) within a secondary school setting.Upon successful completion of the programme we recommend Qualified Teaching Status be awarded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership .