Religious Education PGCE

This one year programme leads to a PGCE, recommendation for QTS and 60 credits at Master's level.

Programme overview

Religious Education (RE) is an important and necessary element of a broad and balanced school curriculum. RE enables pupils understand the beliefs and practices of different religious people. A wide range of worldviews which make up our pluralist and multi-faith society is explored.

On our programme we consider the nature of religion as well as the place of religion in school life. We explore the reasons for teaching RE in schools and give guidance on how to teach the subject.

What you will learn

You will be introduced to and explore:

  • the key aims of RE
  • alternative pedagogical approaches to the subject
  • the general process of learning and teaching
  • planning lessons that meet the requirements of the RE curriculum
  • how to assess pupil’s work and support them to GCSE and A-Level.

Experiences in school


There will be a short primary school experience during the PGCE year.  This work allows you to understand the child's experience before they go into secondary school. 

Placement one

During the first term, you begin with preliminary visits to a secondary school. These visits will help prepare you for a shorter placement in that school.

Placement two

In the spring term, you will be on placement in a different secondary school. This placement will last the duration of the spring term.

Placement three

You will have another placement in the third term, possibly in a different school again.


You will benefit greatly from having your placements spread across different schools. They will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • compare and contrast your experiences
  • face different challenges and achieve different triumphs
  • see different teaching styles
  • learn how you can adapt to different situations.

By the end of your third teaching placement, you will have developed into a confident teacher with your own teaching style.

We will support you throughout your teaching experiences and you have a mentor in school. These specially trained teachers are committed to developing your practice in the classroom.


You’ll further develop your existing subject knowledge and teaching experience through:

  • a series of trips to places of worship
  • visits to sites of religious interest
  • working with experienced teachers both in school and at the university.


Find out about available funding to help you get into teaching

Partial tuition fee reduction 2022/ 23 : Religious Education (RE)

The School of Education is offering a tuition fee rebate of £500 for all student teachers undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Religious Education (RE) in 2022-23.

This is a one-year post-graduate programme to become a secondary school teacher of RE, leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 master's credits. The rebate will be processed shortly after the student begins the programme, once the PGCE fee liability is due.

Contact us

Initial Teacher Education (PGCE and School Direct) Office

Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 4492  We are partly working remotely and advise that you contact us by email in the first instance

School of Education 

University of Bristol 
35 Berkeley Square 
Bristol, BS8 1JA

Visit the Get Into Teaching website

Your tutors

The tutor for Religious Education is Ms Teresa Griffiths.

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