To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:
Your Launchpad sessions
The Faculty of Education have organised a number of virtual Launchpad sessions. Although not all of these sessions will be relevant to your specific degree, you may find a number of these sessions useful.
You will be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.
The following reading list will give you an overview of the development of this subject area, and will enable you to prepare for the start of your course. It is not intended that these titles should be read from cover to cover, but rather used to dip into to gain a flavour of the work. It is not a requirement to purchase the books listed. However, having your own copy will prove helpful as the course progresses.
Key text for all trainee RE teachers:
- Learning to Teach RE in Secondary School, by L.P Barnes. 2018 3rd ed. Routledge Falmer
Key introductory texts for your modules:
- The Study of Religion: An introduction to key ideas and methods, by G.D. Chryssides and R. Greaves. 2014 2nd ed. London, Continuum
- Any of the Oxford University Press Very Short Introductions to …[Religion] e.g.
- Christianity: A Very Short Introduction, by L. Woodhead. 2014 2nd ed. Oxford University Press
- Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction, by K. Knott. 2016 2nd ed. Oxford University Press
- Islam: A Very Short Introduction, by M. Ruthven. 2012 2nd ed. Oxford University Press
Keeping up to date with the latest developments in the Education world is a great way to prepare for your course. Here are some websites that you will be useful, you should also try and find some good websites of your own:
We have created a selection of tasks which will help you to prepare for your course and enhance your professional profile.
We recommend that you keep your responses and notes together in a portfolio of pre-course work as they may well come in useful in the future.
Task one – Research
- Read the report from Theos on the Future of RE, which members of the team at Edge Hill were able to contribute to.
- Research GCSE, AS and A2 level syllabi for Religious Education using the following examination board websites:
- Take a look at the Core Content Framework in which the Government sets out the Curriculum for Initial Teacher Education which will be covered in your course.
- Current issues in Religious Education are the subject of many articles in journals. Most prominent of these is ‘RE Today’ (The Journal of the National Association of Teachers of RE – NATRE). There is no requirement to join this association, but recommend taking up a student membership of NATRE, its journal will provide you with valuable and topical information.
Task two – Enhance your skills
Continue to enhance your skills and subject knowledge in all areas of religious education. One fun and easy way to do this is through looking at this A-Z of Religion and Beliefs, which are designed for Key Stage 3 classrooms.
Meet your course leader
Additional ways to prepare
Join our virtual session: Preparing to start with Edge Hill, Wednesday 10 August, 4pm – 5pm.
This session examines how to make a successful transition to University study, from planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you as a prospective student before you start in September and what to expect as well as what to get involved in during your first week.Use this link to join the session
University can be one of the most exciting and amazing experiences, and can offer the chance to learn, meet new people, gain independence and find out more about who you are.
We want to make sure you get the most out of your university experience! The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.