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      Leeds SCITT offers a PGCE Religious Education course with a difference: we aim to get you into the classroom quickly to learn with a ‘hands-on’ approach and to become an experienced practitioner. The PGCE secondary religious education programme offers a unique opportunity to develop your experience in dynamic and supportive school environments, whilst allowing you to establish your own style of teaching.

      I would recommend the Leeds SCITT course as you get to meet many different people and get support from specialist staff.

      — Tasleema, RE Trainee 2022

      Why join Leeds SCITT For Your PGCE in RE Teacher Training

      Leeds SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) is an exciting and innovative teacher training provider offering aspiring educators the Post Graduate Certificate in Religious Education (PGCE).

      Our PGCE Secondary Religious Education Teaching Course will help to provide the highest quality of teacher education and learning, ensuring that successful candidates have the teaching skills and knowledge necessary to become outstanding educators and secure a career in the teaching profession.

      PGCE student teachers will be working with a dedicated team of subject specialists who will provide them with the training and support to excel as Religious Education teachers. In your Lead School Experience, you will be introduced to a range of practical, research-informed strategies to help you to understand how best to teach your subject.

      As you progress throughout the course, you will begin to implement these practical ideas and adapt them to fit your school context as well as to the needs of your learners, gradually taking more ownership and initiative on your placements.

      How will I become a confident Religious Education Teacher?

      If you are passionate about working with young people to inspire them to understand the role religion plays in the world we live in, to help promote a more tolerant society, and to teach them a rich and diverse curriculum, then the Leeds SCITT Religious Education PGCE is the course for you!

      Your role as an RE teacher is a rewarding one as the study of Religious Education is interesting for its own sake and useful in that it provides an insight into the study of ideas and their accompanying debates. You will help pupils to examine their own ideas, raise questions where before you thought there were none and develop analytical skills.

      From the RE ITT School Lead Tutor

      We are looking for people who are from a Social Sciences background, you don’t necessarily have to have studied Religious Education or Theology at degree level. Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses are also available, with funding in line with our eligibility criteria, to ensure you are confident in your subject knowledge prior to starting the course.

      There is also the opportunity to teach a second subject during your training year, such as Sociology or Psychology.

      What does the Lead School Experience offer?

      You will be immersed in our Religious Education department with colleagues and have the opportunity to observe excellent classroom practice and a range of learning strategies to engage pupils in our RE curriculum. From classroom debates to re-enactments of key religious stories to visiting places of worship. You will experience a range of religions and ethical themes such as the environment, war and conflict, to ignite pupils’ passion for the subject.

      Additional Secondary School Placements

      In addition to your lead school placement, you can be placed within up to two of our additional partnership schools to give you contrasting placements.

      What other opportunities are available in our Placement Schools?

      – Experience of teaching Post-16
      – Attend the annual NATRE Conference for RE teachers
      – Visit places of worship
      – Experience in teaching a second subject

      Tuition Fees

      The course fees for Leeds SCITT PGCE course, including QTS (Quality Teaching Status) and 60 masters credits, for the academic year 2023-24 is £9,250. Bursaries and Scholarships are available for some students

      Entry Requirements

      For this Postgraduate Certificate in Education Course you need to hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a higher education provider in England and Wales and GCSE grade C or 4 and above (or equivalent) in Maths and English. For further information go to

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