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Subject Knowledge Enhancement Religious Education

Develop subject knowledge in Religious Education and prepare to teach the subject effectively to learners aged 11-16 on this free enhancement course for those with a place on a PGCE at any provider in England.

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    Course Length: 8 Weeks Full-Time
    Start Dates: July 2021, July 2022
    Subjects: Education and Teaching
    Location: Edge Hill University

    If you have applied to study a Secondary Religious Education PGCE at any Higher Education provider in England but require enhancement of your subject knowledge, then this course could be for you.

    The aim of the course is to develop your subject knowledge in RE to prepare you to teach the major world faiths and philosophical arguments to learners aged 11-16 years.

    The course is delivered one day a week over eight weeks and is a mixture of taught sessions by subject specialists on campus and visits to places to worship across the North West.

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    In Depth

    What will I study?

    If you have a degree in Religious Education or a related subject, or a degree which contains a small amount of religious or theological study alongside other subjects, and you wish to train as a Religious Education teacher, then you may be able to enrol on this course.

    The course could also be suitable if you have a Religious Studies or Theology degree but only specialised in a handful of faiths.

    The course is designed to achieve the following:

    • Address gaps in your subject knowledge;
    • Inspire you to promote learning in Religious Education that is challenging and engaging for all students;
    • Identify and build upon your prior learning, and develop your capacity for future self-study;
    • Enable you to recognise links with the wider world and context in which Religious Education operates;
    • Develop your ability to support learners’ understanding of the rich narrative of Religious Education.

    How will I study?

    The course is delivered for one day a week over an eight week period. The sessions will typically run from 10am to 4pm each day and be a mixture of face-to-face teaching and visits to places of worship across the North West. Return transport from the Edge Hill University campus to the places of worship will be provided.

    How will I be assessed?

    There are no formal examinations. You will need to complete a subject knowledge audit and an independent learning log which will demonstrate how your knowledge and understanding of the subject content has developed. You will be given guidance on how to do this in the initial session.

    Entry Criteria

    Entry Requirements

    You may apply for the course if you have been offered a place on a PGCE at a Higher Education institution in England, or if you are in the process of applying for the PGCE Secondary Religious Education (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS at Edge Hill University. Applicants from other providers will normally have a recommendation from their provider to obtain a place on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.


    Tuition Fees

    There are currently no tuition fees for this subject knowledge enhancement programme which is funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. You may also be eligible to receive a bursary.

    For further information about bursary eligibility, you can contact a Get Into Teaching adviser on Freephone 0800 389 2500 or use the online chat service at


    How to Apply

    Apply directly to Edge Hill University.

    Download the application form (pdf).

    Visit to access the relevant application form and to find out more about the application process.

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    Get in Touch

    If you have any questions about this programme, please call 01695 584796 or email

    Course Changes

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