Excellent teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Developed in partnership with schools and Early Years settings, this Ofsted Outstanding rated programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring RE teacher.
Our full-time programmes last for approximately 40 weeks; you'll spend about two thirds of this time in a school or educational setting. Throughout the programme there is a dynamic relationship between your training in the University and your training in schools.
What you'll learn
Examine the place of RE in the school curriculum, the legal position of RE, world religions, and the various approaches to RE in the classroom.
You'll explore current debates in the teaching of RE and examine various teaching methods and approaches used to deliver RE. This includes the National Curriculum and the Secondary National Strategy. This strand of the programme also addresses teaching and learning with relation to the 'Every Child Matters' agenda for education. Throughout, the aim is to bring together theory and practice.
Personal and social education are included to facilitate an exploration of the moral standpoints of a variety of worldviews, both religious and secular, and generates an understanding of the relationship between views on personal and social issues and cultural perspectives, including your own.
You'll have an opportunity to learn more about the teaching of other Humanities subjects as preparation for working in a Humanities context and also to prepare you for working with a range of subject disciplines to deliver cross-curricular dimensions.
The programme will enable you to meet the QTS Standards in respect of pupils aged 11-16. There are also opportunities to undertake university based education for planning, teaching and assessing the post-16 age range.
University-based sessions will blend both practice and theory to provide a firm foundation for the development of your teaching skills. Visiting speakers and visits to faith communities support the curriculum and are intended to enhance both your subject and pedagogic knowledge and skills.
Your work in school will both inform and be informed by your work in University. In both areas you'll need to reflect upon your learning. Over the course of the year we hope you'll develop your own philosophy about both the subject and about how to teach it to enable students in schools to be excited by their learning and thinking about religion.
How will I be assessed?
A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. Assessment takes account of both the programme experience and the school or setting and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks. Support is provided to develop a rigorous evidence-based account of your educational journey.
Assessment in all of the PGCE programmes is designed to be progressive and to assist you in the provision of evidence to support your achievement against the Standards for QTS.
PGCE programmes are assessed in University, school or other settings. The evidence base includes:
- Formally assessed assignments;
- Professional dialogue in progress reviews;
- The Professional Learning and Practice portfolio;
- School phase reports and observations;
- Professional development activities;
- Subject knowledge tests and tasks (where appropriate).
Five Progress Review Points are held each year. These assessment points review your attainment, professional learning and SMART target setting.
How will I be taught?
Learning and teaching in PGCE programmes takes place through a combination of the following methods:
- tutorials at key points across the year;
- lectures, seminars and workshops;
- group activities: presentation; group discussion; role play and collaborative working;
- independent learning;
- peer support;
- developing professional learning and practice in schools and settings;
- blended learning employing electronic resources, including the University's Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva);
- observation of teachers' practice, including other Bath Spa Teachers' practice;
- professional development activities undertaken in University and school or other settings.
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
As a Bath Spa Teacher you'll learn in a variety of locations. Sometimes you'll be on one of our campuses, other times you'll study at one of our Partner Schools.
University teaching takes place in rooms equipped with relevant texts, equipment, training materials and electronic resources.
You'll have access to a range of facilities including Newton Park Library and Commons.
Open access computer facilities are available. The University's Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva) provides remote access to a wide range of resources.
All PGCE courses culminate in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This enables qualified Bath Spa Teachers to apply for a wider range of teaching posts and other education based employment.
This PGCE programme produces high calibre teachers with the relevant skills, knowledge, understanding and experiences necessary to enter a career in teaching.
Interested in applying?
What we look for in potential students
You'll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You'll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.
In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You're required to have a minimum 2.2 honours degree in Religious Studies or Theology (or combination with Philosophy), Anthropology, African Studies, Sociology, Classics or History. We'll also consider applications from candidates who have actively pursued a strong interest in religions.
You'll be enthusiastic about religious education and working with children, with recent experience in schools.
All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks. You may also need to enrol on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.
How do I apply?
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