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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Religious Education) PGCE

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The PGCE Religious Education at King’s is set in the heart of London and trainees benefit from access to a wide variety of places of worship and museums, including the British Museum, the British Library and the National Gallery. King’s works in close partnership with schools across London in designing, delivering and assessing the course. You will have the opportunity to work with tutors who are actively engaged in research, and you will be encouraged yourself to engage critically with educational pedagogy, policy and practice.

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Key benefits:
  • An Ofsted Outstanding rated course that is designed around a strong research and pastoral base to provide you with the skills you need to thrive as a teacher. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014).

  • A working partnership with a broad range of up to 150 schools in London and beyond, offering unique opportunities to learn how to teach a diverse mix of students.

  • At the conclusion of their PGCE course in July 2020 100% of our RE trainees had been employed as NQTs at schools in the UK and abroad.

  • Two assessed pieces of coursework give you 60 Master’s-level credits – a third of an MA – which puts you well on the way to a Master’s degree in your chosen profession. 

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 37 weeks FT, September to end June

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 120 / ECTS 60 credits

Programme accreditations Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is the accreditation which enables individuals to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales, recognising the attainment of a formal set of skills and qualities candidates require to be effective teachers

Course leaders Angela Wright

Further details

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department School of Education, Communication & Society



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Course detail


There are two strands to the PGCE course: one focusing on the subject specific work, the other encompassing the generic issues facing all of us in education today. 

The PGCE Religious Education is a full-time course that consists of four required modules and two blocks of teaching experience based in secondary schools within London and Greater London. You will complete the course within ten months, studying September to June. You must take modules totalling 120 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification.

You’ll engage in education, pedagogy and professional studies sessions and curriculum workshops. These will take place in both university and school settings and will develop your expertise in general educational and professional issues, as well as subject pedagogy.

You’ll gain the skills and understanding to take up positions in schools as a teacher of your subject with the potential to contribute fully to the life of the school. The course carries the Accreditation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

School Direct Route: The School Direct teacher training route is composed of a partnership between King’s College London and a lead school. Students apply to the lead school for admission to the programme. The academic components of the course are delivered by King’s College London whilst the secondary school teaching experience is organised by the lead school.

Course format and assessment


We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment. 

You can typically expect:

  • The equivalent of over 50 days of academic sessions at King’s (typically three hours in the morning and/or afternoon spread throughout the academic year).

  • Approximately 120 days of teaching placement. *This includes a short period of placement in primary schools (typically four days).

  • A number of one-to-one tutorials totaling five to seven sessions across the year.

  • Two visits from a tutor whilst on placement to observe lessons and monitor progress

  • Regular** meetings with a mentor, who will be a member of staff at your placement school, whilst on placement.

  • Written feedback on all credit-bearing assignments within four weeks of the deadline.

* This 120-day figure represents the standard number of placement days. In certain cases, following assessment by course tutors and mentors, students may be required to undertake a greater number of placement days to demonstrate their ability to meet the Teacher Standards.

** Typically, each trainee will have a meeting with their mentor during each week they are on placement. In certain circumstances the frequency may vary.

The types of learning commitment encompassed within the course vary depending on modules. For this course one credit represents the equivalent of 10 hours of learning and engagement.


The breakdown below gives you an idea of the likely workload you can expect:

Professional Practice in Education (45-credit module):

This module covers the teaching practice that students carry out in secondary schools. As such, much of the time commitment is dedicated to teaching and planning lessons. The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic workload might look like as you progress through your studies: 

Seminars/Tutorials Teaching Self study/assignment work 
14 contact hours (seminars/tutorials designed to evaluate teaching performance and provide feedback) 200-220 hours of teaching (this includes time teaching by oneself and ‘team teaching’ in groups). 216 hours to include lesson planning, observing lessons, marking pupils work.


School Data (15-credit module):

Lectures/seminarsSelf-study/assignment work 
10 contact hours 140 hours


Studying Policy & Professional Practice (30-credit module):

Lectures/seminars Self-study/assignment work
25.5 contact hours  274.5 hours


Focused Pedagogical Studies (30-credit module):

Lectures/seminars Self-study/assignment work 
200 contact hours  100 hours



  • The 45-credit honours-level module will be assessed by a combination of a written portfolio (equivalent to 8,000 words) and assessment of your teaching practice against the Teaching Standards as set out by the government’s Department for Education. Progress in meeting the teaching standards will be monitored through three progress reports that will be completed by staff at the placement school.

  • The 30-credit master’s-level modules will each be assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment heavily based on in-school research that trainees undertake.

  • The 15-credit honours-level module will be assessed by an assignment focusing on data collection methods in the school environment.


Lectures and seminars are primarily taught at the King’s College London Waterloo Campus. 

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught. 

Students undertake placements in secondary schools that work in partnership with King’s College London. Partnership schools are located across central London and the Greater London area. Whilst every effort is made to place PGCE trainees in local schools, due to the changing nature of initial teacher education and limited availability of placements in certain subject areas, trainees should be prepared to travel to their placement schools throughout the Greater London area and beyond.

Students also organise their own short placements at state primary schools.

Regulating Body

King's College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 120 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on this course page for updates. 

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Professional Practice in Education (45 credits)
  • School Data (15 credits)
  • Studying Policy & Professional Practice (30 credits)
  • Focused Pedagogical Studies (30 credits)
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules offered as part of this course.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry requirements
 Minimum requirements  

Academic requirements:

  • either a degree in theology or religious studies; or

  • a joint degree in theology or religious studies and one other subject; or

  • a 2.2 or above in a subject where theology or religious studies constituted roughly 40 per cent of the content of your degree, particularly philosophy; or

  • a higher degree containing a range of theological or religious studies components such as a master's or a PhD.

In addition to:

  • GCSE grade C or above, or an equivalent qualification, in English Language and mathematics. Applicants without these English or mathematics qualifications at the time they apply may be considered, but they must obtain them, or pass an equivalent test approved by King's, before the course starts.

International requirements    Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

All applications should be made through the UCAS Teacher training application system, where you will need to register an account.

Before you can be offered a place on a PGCE programme, you will need to attend an in-person interview, usually within 40 days of your application submission date. Please ensure that you will be able to attend an interview during this time and are able to keep a full day free. Further information on PGCE interviews can be found here on the UCAS website.

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal conviction check) and Occupational Health check are required for the teacher training programmes. There is a fee of £46.55 for the DBS check.

If you have any queries on the application process, please see UCAS’ Frequently Asked Questions.

Personal statement and supporting information

When you apply you will be asked to give us details of your educational background and to provide a personal statement. We will be looking for evidence that your specialist subject knowledge is both broad and deep as well as being up to date.  Some evidence of working with young people, as a Teaching Assistant, Student Ambassador, youth worker, etc will help your application. We are looking for applicants who are able to work closely and effectively with other teachers and who can inspire young people to bring out the best in themselves. As such, good communication skills and a confident and caring personality are an advantage.

Regarding your educational background, if your academic documents are issued in a language other than English, we will ask you to submit both the originals and the official translations. You may also be asked to show that your overseas qualifications are recognised through the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) and therefore meet our entry requirements. You can apply for a UK NARIC statement of comparability free of charge by following the instructions here on the gov.uk website: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/overseas-graduates

Application closing date

There is no specific deadline for applications. Applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please check UCAS Teacher Training for programme availability.

Please note funding applications may be subject to specific deadlines.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £9,250 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £19,980 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: n/a
  • Part time overseas fees: n/a

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books, if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • DBS checks or equivalent criminal conviction disclosure checks 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London, between campuses and for project placements
  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

The majority of trainees go into teaching or other areas of education; many become heads of departments or members of senior management teams; some take up careers in educational administration in the advisory or inspection services.


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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