Religious Education


Course Overview

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Religious Education is an exciting and engaging subject, helping students to explore and appreciate the central importance of beliefs and values in our rapidly changing world. It requires creative approaches; making imaginative links between contemporary issues and the students’ own experience; and the enthusiasm to explore life’s big questions in open and honest ways. The course offers trainees’ opportunities to develop their professional competence, skills and understanding in this area. The philosophy of teaching the subject will be explored and be supported by working with young people in the classroom.

Trainees will have opportunities to develop their understanding of the world’s major religions, philosophy and ethics to teach across the 11-16 range. Areas for further development will be identified during the recruitment process and addressed as part of the training plan throughout the year.


Entry Requirements


To be accepted onto the course you will need:

  • a degree which is relevant to teaching Religious Education.
  • advanced level qualifications in Religious Education or equivalent experience.
  • GCSE grade C or above in English and Mathematics (or equivalent).
  • have passed the QTS skills in English and Maths by 1st September 2018.
  • the ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English.
  • a good state of physical and mental fitness
  • confirmation that you have not been excluded from teaching nor from working with children, nor have been registered with the Criminal Records Bureau as unfit for working with children or young persons.
  • The suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching this subject in secondary schools.

It is beneficial that you also have: 

  • experience of working with secondary-age children.
  • recent experience of your subject in a secondary school.
  • a competent level of ICT skills.

It is desirable to have passed the QTS skills tests prior to interview. However, if this is not the case there is an expectation the tests are completed as soon as possible after an offer has been made.

Course Details

The course structure for most students will consist of:

  • A main placement in a secondary school.
  • A shorter second placement in another partnership secondary school.
  • Gaining experience of teaching within the Primary sector.
  • Experiencing SEND teaching at Brackenfield School.

Throughout the year students will:

  • Have full access to The University of Nottingham services.
  • Enjoy full student entitlement of The University of Nottingham, including use of the library, on-line support and SU membership.


 We are pleased to offer the following places for 2018/19:

  • Provider-led and School-direct places in Religious Education. 

For provider-led places apply on UCAS to EMTTP.

For school-direct places apply to our lead school (The West Bridgford School) via the UCAS teacher training application website. 

If you are successful in gaining a place you will undertake your main placement through one of these schools:

South Wolds Academy 

West Bridgford School