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BA (Hons) Secondary Religious Education with QTS

Discover how to inspire others about the cultures and beliefs that shape the world around us, gaining recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status on a degree that includes visits to centres representing all six major world-faiths.

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      UCAS Code: XV63 (2 Years) or XV62 (3 Years)
      Course Length: 2-3 Years Full-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, September 2023
      Subjects: Education and Teaching
      Location: Edge Hill University
      Example Offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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      Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

      Religious Education explores the ultimate life questions of meaning, purpose and value. If you want to understand your place, your society, your community, even the geopolitical scene, you need to understand religion. It applies to questions big and small – medical ethics, emotive topics, relationship issues, prejudice and discrimination. On this degree you will study religion as a modern, living phenomenon, visiting centres representing all six major world faiths and spending time in schools to develop the practical skills to become an excellent RE teacher and gain Qualified Teacher Status. Our students are open-minded and are encouraged to use imaginative approaches to communicate impartial and considered views.

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      What will I study?

      On this degree you will acquire the knowledge and confidence needed to teach all six of the major world faiths in a secondary school setting. We teach you how to be an excellent RE teacher and guide you through the process of how to plan, deliver, assess and evaluate creative lessons that will inspire and enthuse your future pupils, enabling you to put your subject knowledge across in ways that they will understand.

      How will I study?

      Learning takes place in the University and in schools. Much of your time at university will be in a classroom setting where there is lots of group work and discussion to increase your knowledge and skills. You will be supported by your course tutors and undertake visits to places of worship and to schools which exemplify good teaching practice.

      Guest speakers from the world of education and religion will feature in the course delivery and you will be required to study independently and read widely to support the lectures and seminars you attend.

      You will spend a significant amount of time on placement in schools where you will put your training into practice. During this time you will assist in running classes, observing outstanding teachers and working alongside mentors and other colleagues to further your professional development.

      Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident in the classroom. You will work with pupils from various areas, backgrounds and abilities. This will provide experience in areas such as classroom management and the ability to teach individuals and groups at a range of levels.

      How will I be assessed?

      Your university work will be assessed as coursework, often academic essays, which can take a variety of forms, including creative work and portfolios of evidence where you will demonstrate how to plan effectively, undertake assessment and to develop your subject knowledge.

      In school, as you progress from observer to teacher, you will be assessed through lesson observations carried out by mentors in school and tutors from Edge Hill. Your professional development will be mapped against the Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS.

      There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

      Who will be teaching me?

      The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for 135 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country’s leading providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce.

      You will be taught by a range of highly qualified and experienced tutors who are committed to supporting you throughout the programme and providing you with the opportunities to succeed. Tutors are enthusiastic about their subjects and will model good practice. This will enable you to develop your own teaching skill and style.


      Housed in a state-of-the-art £9million building, the Faculty of Education enjoys a stunning setting from both its lakeside and piazza buildings.

      Facilities in the lakeside building include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology. The lakeside building is also home to a popular vegan and vegetarian cafe where students can meet to socialise and discuss their studies.

      The nearby piazza building offers modern facilities including a lecture theatre and a number of seminar rooms.


      Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

      Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.


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      Year 1

      Compulsory modules:

      REL1004Abrahamic Traditions (20 credits)

      Abrahamic Traditions provides you with a philosophical and theological survey of the significant religious traditions of the west, introducing the three major Abrahamic traditions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. By looking at core beliefs, practices and texts, the module examines key developments and shared aspects of the formation of the Abrahamic Traditions up to modern times. The module will also investigate the concept of a shared ‘Abrahamic Tradition’ and explore key similarities and differences between the three faiths through an exploration of selected themes such as ‘the Oneness of God’, ‘Salvation’ and ‘the Afterlife”.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL1003Eastern Dharma (20 credits)

      Eastern Dharma provides you with a philosophical and theological survey of the significant religious traditions of the east. You will focus on the Dharmic traditions emanating from India as the modules addresses the central aspects of Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism. You will also examine the interaction between individuals and communities in diverse and complex religious settings both globally and in modern Britain.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SEC1001Establishing Educational Values for Schools and Learners (20 credits)

      Establishing Educational Values for Schools and Learners introduces you to the underlying concepts, principles and values in educational theory, policy and practice. Predominantly focused on the present day, the module will equip you with a deeper understanding of contemporary education. This will ensure that you are comprehensively prepared for practice in educational settings. You will also have the opportunity to consider your own sets of values and predispositions and begin to develop a critical understanding of how seemingly objective values may disguise highly subjective ideological concepts.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      SEC1004Establishing the Conditions for Learning in Religious Education (20 credits)

      Establishing the Conditions for Learning in Religious Education combines taught sessions on campus with experiential observations in schools. The module introduces you to the practical elements of teaching religious education and provides an insight into good teaching practice and barriers to pupils’ learning. You will participate in lessons under the direction of a mentor and steadily increase your responsibility for planning and teaching. You will initially teach parts of lessons and build to whole class lessons, teaching jointly with your mentor at first, then individually. The placement will typically equate to 30 hours of teaching across an eight-week period. While being guided in the craft of teaching religious education, you will also be introduced to wider school issues such as behaviour management, inclusion, and child wellbeing and psychology. These combined elements will enable you to begin gathering evidence to show that you are starting to meet the Teachers’ Standards.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      SEC1000Establishing the Conditions for Studentship (20 credits)

      Establishing the Conditions for Studentship introduces the themes of studentship, educational research, learning environments and professional identity. You will develop an initial understanding of the four areas to construct an identity as an academic learner and student teacher. The module will build personal resilience and promote independence within a community of learners, encouraging you to connect with your own experiences to develop your practice.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL1000Introduction to the Study of Religion (20 credits)

      Introduction to the Study of Religion provides an overview of the different methodological approaches to the study of religion. You will study the main attempts to define religion and to engage in the debates surrounding such definitions. You will engage in multi-disciplinary approaches to the idea of religion through the traditional fields of historical, anthropological, philosophical, sociological and textual studies. In addition, you will examine religion in more contemporary fields such as the visual arts, politics, environmentalism, psychology and gender.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Year 2

      Compulsory modules:

      SEC2001Building Knowledge of Educational Values (20 credits)

      Building Knowledge of Educational Values develops your critical engagement with the underlying concepts, principles and values of educational theory, policy, and practice. Through a central focus on the past, you will track the genealogy and evolution of values and gain insight into the mutability of these apparently fixed social concepts and principles. The module will engage you with the idea that values are not fixed, that they have not always been as they currently are, and that they will therefore continue to change and evolve in the future.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SEC2004Building Knowledge of Teaching Religious Education (20 credits)

      Building Knowledge of Teaching Religious Education develops the practical elements of teaching religious education while critically engaging with the underlying concepts and principles of educational theory and policy. The placement will typically equate to 60 hours of teaching across an eight-week period. You will assume significant teaching responsibility, developing your skills in planning teaching episodes and ensuring that pupils make progress. With comprehensive support and mentoring, you will plan lessons and sessions, or parts of lessons and sessions, for up to 50% of a Newly Qualified Teacher’s typical timetable, covering small group, whole class and solo teaching as appropriate. You will reflect on your own practice and school and educational policies and gather evidence to show that you are progressing towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SEC2000Building Research Informed Knowledge (20 credits)

      Building Research Informed Knowledge further develops the themes of studentship, educational research, learning environments and professional identity. You will progress your understanding of these four areas while continuing to develop your role as an academic learner, researcher and student teacher. Exploring the significance, implications and impact of educational research on your own practice, the module will explore a range of research perspectives and methodologies in education. You will receive a comprehensive overview of the research process and consider ethical issues related to the practical application of research.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL2003Judaism (20 credits)

      Judaism presents Judaism as a fascinating historical religion which has a variety of forms of expression in modern society. An understanding of Judaism as the foundational, Abrahamic, monotheistic faith is a fundamental pre-requisite of studying religion in the West.  You will explore religious thought within Judaism in order to understand its integrity and diversity and grasp its integrative role in relation to lifestyles, practices and ethics. You will also analyse the historical, social, philosophical, cultural and artistic role of Judaism in diverse contexts. The module provides perspectives of both practitioners and non-practitioners of Judaism, as well as exploring the tradition as plural, diverse, dynamic and evolving.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL2002Religion, Belief and Reason (20 credits)

      Religion, Belief and Reason provides you with an introduction to some of the key debates in critical thinking that have shaped religious and atheistic thought. Perspectives from philosophy, psychology and critical social sciences will be investigated to provide you with the lens through which to explore the relationship between reason and religious belief. You will develop your critical thinking skills through an exploration of the central premises of theistic belief, reasoned philosophical argument in defence and in critique of religious belief through examination of the classical and modern versions of theistic proofs. You will consider the contributions of thinkers such as Aquinas, Kant, Descartes and Hume. The module also explores the contributions of psychoanalysis and social science to post-Enlightenment thinking about religion in order to consider claims about the irrational or ideological nature of religion.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL2001The Bible in the Modern World (20 credits)

      The Bible in the Modern World introduces you to the various ways that biblical themes, images and characters have an enduring presence and influence within contemporary popular culture. By learning to analyse religious and biblical references found in music, film, TV, art, advertising and the media, you will discover that, even in today’s increasingly secular world, the Bible continues to both influence and be influenced by our cultural, political, and religious landscapes. You will explore key themes and passages in the Bible as a contemporary literary work and consider how it is used by society at large as a cultural artefact. You will explore how the Bible has been used by entertainers, politicians and others, assessing on the one hand how this has shaped Western society, while at the same time people’s understanding and interpretations of the Bible are shaped by popular culture.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Year 3

      Compulsory modules:

      REL3000British Buddhism (20 credits)

      British Buddhism investigates Buddhism as both ancient and modern, global and local. The three jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha provide the lens through which Buddhism will be explored, enabling you to develop critical knowledge and understanding of Buddhist history, doctrine and practice. A variety of traditional and modern sources will be explored including sutras, biographies of the Buddha and iconography. Investigation of contemporary forms of Buddhism provide a special focus linked to a small scale fieldwork study exploring pluralism within modern western Buddhism.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SEC3001Exploring Possibilities for Schools and Learners (20 credits)

      Exploring Possibilities for Schools and Learners considers a hypothetical future for education. Engaging you with the concepts and principles of educational values, the speculative nature of this module will equip you with the knowledge, understanding, critical skills and self-awareness to develop convincing and complex critiques of where education appears to be heading. You will contrast this with where you think it ought to be heading. The module will enable you to develop as a practitioner with sophisticated and robust opinions about how education ought to be practised and governed, informed by the latest insights into theory, policy and practice. This focus on the future will prepare you to become an agent of change in your future career, equipped with the knowledge, motivation and communication skills to lead movements for positive change.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SEC3004Exploring Possibilities in Teaching Religious Education (20 credits)

      Exploring Possibilities in Teaching Religious Education enables you review, consolidate, extend and apply your knowledge through a final professional practice placement. The placement will typically equate to 120 hours of teaching across a twelve-week period. Demonstrating excellence in the practice of teaching religious education, you will take a full role in school life, from tutor work and pastoral care to extra-curricular activities, parents’ evenings, school events, professional development activities and other enhancement opportunities which may be offered by your setting. You will also reflect on your own practice, assessing your strengths and weaknesses, responding to feedback and honing your skills and abilities. The module will enable you to demonstrate that you have met the Teachers’ Standards.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL3005Issues in Contemporary Islam (20 credits)

      Issues in Contemporary Islam recognises that with competing constructs of Islam dominating the domestic and international news agenda, a thorough understanding of the complex issues facing Islam is an essential aspect of religious education. A range of popular, stereotypical images come to mind when considering Islam in its contemporary setting. Questions raised about Islam often parallel similar questions raised globally among Muslims themselves about the decline of Islam and its place in the modern world. This is especially true of questions around the nature of the modern secular state and the degree to which religion has a role within it, both in Muslim majority societies and those in which Muslims constitute a minority. This module draws upon empirical research and a wide range of critical literature to enable you to develop an in-depth and critically reflective awareness of the challenging issues that have impacted upon Muslims through recent history.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      REL3002Religion in the 21st Century (20 credits)

      Religion in the 21st Century enables you to reflect upon your knowledge about religion in the key challenges and evolutions of religion in the 21st century and, on completion, you will be able to reflect critically on some of the major characteristics of religion in an informed way. You will explore a number of theoretical and methodological problems in the study of religion, and reflect on these in relation to a range of faith traditions such as Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Scientology and various paganisms.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SEC3000Researching Possibilities in Secondary Education (20 credits)

      Researching Possibilities in Secondary Education enables you to conduct a piece of self-initiated research on a relevant topic of your choice. The module draws together the themes of studentship, educational research, learning environments and professional identity from earlier in the programme. You will further enhance your knowledge and understanding of research, developing critical and analytical skills in reviewing both literature and educational research methodologies, while gaining additional expertise in presenting data in a variety of formats. The value of research for teachers and wider school communities will also be explored.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      • 3 Year Route – typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. An A Level at grade C or above (or equivalent) in Religious Studies is preferred, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent);
      • 2 Year Route – relevant HND/HNC or Part1 (120 credits at Level 4) of a degree programme, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent). You are expected to have a commitment to, and understanding of, secondary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher.

      Please note, for the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.

      An interview forms part of the selection process.

      If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

      Example Offers

      Some examples of how you can achieve 104-112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

      • A Level: BCC-BBC;
      • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
      • T Level: Overall grade of Merit;
      • International Baccalaureate (IB): We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply;
      • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

      Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

      If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

      For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

      EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

      International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

      English Language Requirements

      International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

      If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

      Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

      If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

      Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      This degree is accredited by the Department for Education. Successful completion of the programme will enable you to gain recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

      There is a national shortage of Secondary RE teachers and you will qualify as an outstanding secondary teacher who is able to bring excellent subject knowledge to a first teaching post. You will also have practical experience in school and other settings, have built your confidence, and obtained a set of skills that will allow you to excel as a teacher.

      Graduates from this degree have a high level of employability in schools across the UK, with some also working internationally. We offer excellent support to help you gain your first teaching post.

      Before the end of your degree you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your two-year induction as an early career teacher.


      Tuition Fees

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £9,250 a year. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23 are £15,000 a year.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

      The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

      Financial Support

      Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2022/23, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide at

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at


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      Course Changes

      Expand All This tab outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years. Future material changes will be added here as amends are made to course information.

      2nd March 2021 - Update to Example Offers

      Example offers updated to include the Education and Childcare T Level with an overall grade of Merit.

      6th November 2020 - Change of Modules

      SEC1000 Establishing the Conditions for Studentship (20 credits), SEC1001 Establishing Educational Values for Schools and Learners (20 credits) and SEC1004 Establishing the Conditions for Learning in Religious Education (20 credits) replace REL1001 Introduction to the Sacred (20 credits), SUG1000 Professional Practice 1A (20 credits), SUG1001 Personal and Professional Conduct – Transition into Higher Education and the Teaching Profession (20 credits) and SUG1007 Principles, Pedagogy and Planning in Religious Education (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 1.

      SEC2000 Building Research Informed Knowledge (20 credits), SEC2001 Building Knowledge of Educational Values (20 credits) and SEC2004 Building Knowledge of Teaching Religious Education (20 credits) replace SUG2000 Professional Practice 1B (20 credits), SUG2001 Personal and Professional Conduct – Legal Requirements for Professional Practice (20 credits), SUG2007 Creative Medium-Term Planing and Teaching in Religious Education (20 credits) and SUG2010 Educational Research Methods for School Improvement (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 2.
      REL2001 The Bible in the Modern World (20 credits), REL2002 Religion, Belief and Reason (20 credits) and REL2003 Judaism (20 credits) change from optional to compulsory in Year 2, while REL2000 Ethnography: Living with Religions (20 credits) is removed as an optional module.

      SEC3000 Researching Possibilities in Secondary Education (20 credits), SEC3001 Exploring Possibilities for Schools and Learners (20 credits) and SEC3004 Exploring Possibilities in Teaching Religious Education (20 credits) replace SUG3000 Professional Practice 2 (40 credits), SUG3001 Personal and Professional Conduct – Employability (20 credits), SUG3007 Classroom Assessment and Target Setting Skills in Religious Education (20 credits) and SUG3015 School Improvement Study in Religious Education (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 3.

      Covid-19 - Secondary Religious Education with QTS Essential Information

      Secondary Religious Education with QTS Course Statement

      You will spend a significant amount of time in schools and delivering blended learning online.

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