Secondary Religious Education BA(Hons) with QTS

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Our Secondary Religious Education BA(Hons) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) course will train you to become a secondary school religious education (RE) teacher.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018


3 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBC


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Places available (subject to change)


Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 478249

About the course

Religious Education is an incredibly important part of a school’s curriculum. It contributes significantly to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and promotes diversity.If you’re aspiring to become a secondary religious education (RE) teacher, this course will help you on your way.

Our Secondary Religious Education BA(Hons) course with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) gives you the chance to undertake a number of specialist modules to develop both your teaching skills and your knowledge of religion within contemporary society.A key focus is gaining an in-depth understanding of ethics and world religions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism.

As part of the education modules, we’ll help prepare you for the classroom, focusing on behaviour and assessment for learning, inclusion, the RE curriculum and ways to teach RE that can make the subject come alive for young people.

We know there’s no substitute for learning how to teach in the classroom environment, so we give you lots of opportunity to gain practical experience across our partnership schools. In fact, you’ll undertake a range of placements throughout the course.

As part of your placements you’ll be able to observe experienced teachers, gain hands-on experience and benefit from one-to-one mentoring. It’s all designed to help you develop your skills and move on to become an outstanding teacher.

While you’re studying at Huddersfield, you’ll be able to access our extensive professional and academic network, not to mention our excellent facilities and specialist equipment.

The University of Huddersfield has an impressive track record of producing highly skilled teachers for the early years, primary, secondary and lifelong learning (post-16) sectors. In fact, we’ve been developing great teachers since 1947 and today we train over 1,500 teachers together with our local and national partners. So if you’re looking to pursue a career in teaching then we could be the perfect choice.

We operate strong and credible partnerships with local and national education providers, including leading The Education and Training Consortium consisting of 21 regional partners. Together our academics, researchers and partners within schools and colleges work to ensure our trainees are able to equip themselves with the most relevant and up to date skills needed within the workplace.

By choosing to study with the University of Huddersfield, you’ll join an inspiring, passionate and committed community focused on making your studies as enjoyable, rewarding and productive as possible. We look forward to welcoming you.

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Jayne Price , Joint Head of Department for Initial Teacher Education


A key element of your studies and learning takes place whilst you’re on placement. You’ll undertake a number of compulsory placements as part of your programme, in fact you’ll spend at least 120 days in our partner schools. In Years 1 and 2, on average, trainees undertake a compulsory assessed teaching placement of between 6-8 weeks duration and in Year 3 and extended placement of 12-14 weeks duration.

You’ll experience the wider role of a teacher in secondary education. You’ll have the support of both subject and professional mentors in schools who will help you to develop your practice through observations, planning meetings, weekly tutorials, reports and in-depth lesson evaluations. Your university tutor will visit you in school to guide, support and evaluate your progress.

Entry requirements

BBCat A Level , preferably with Religious Studies

112 UCAS tariff points , preferably with Religious Studies

DMM in BTEC National Diploma in a relevant area

In addition you must also:

  • have GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.
  • provide a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health clearances
  • be able to communicate in standard spoken and written English
  • complete a satisfactory interview

All conditions must be met by 31 August 2018.

Liam Matthrew

Liam Matthews

Liam Matthews- Year 1 Secondary Religious Education BA(Hons) with QTS student

“The idea of teaching RE never really entered my head until Sixth Form when I had an amazing teacher that showed how broad RE really was, and the moral, ethical and spiritual side which made me more interested in the way it can be explained and the way it makes you think outside of the box. I was at first looking at doing a degree first and then moving onto a PGCE, but when applying for Huddersfield, it was by chance that there was a 3 year course that allowed me to do that – which I couldn’t say no to.

“There are tutorial sessions to ensure that you are keeping on track and check points to ensure that you’re doing the right thing. If there are any problems, you know who to contact and you’ll know that you’ll get a reply quickly.”


Course Detail

Core modules:

An Introduction to Abrahamic Religions

This module provides an introduction to the origins, key beliefs and practices of Judaism, Christianity and Islam; and the ways in which insiders and outsiders learn about them. Assessment is typically via a test, poster development and a piece of written work.

An Introduction to Dharmic Religions

This module provides an introduction to the origins, key beliefs and practices of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhi; and the ways in which insiders and outsiders learn about them. You’ll typically be assessed via an in-class test and the development of a study pack.

Behaviour for Learning

This module introduces you to the professional role and expectations of teachers with regards to your own personal and professional conduct and in developing appropriate, positive and learning behaviours in pupils. You’ll develop an understanding of the statutory frameworks and policies which underpin teachers’ professional practice including the responsibilities for ensuring the safeguarding and well-being of pupils. You’ll also have the opportunity to critically analyse factors which influence and impact on pupils’ behaviour and learn a range of strategies and approaches for managing and developing behaviour for learning in the classroom.

Developing Pedagogy and Professional Practice (Induction)

This module introduces you to your specialist subject within the curriculum and key specialist subject pedagogy to help prepare you for your first teaching placement. You’ll be supported to learn a range of planning, teaching and learning strategies in your subject and begin to develop your professional practice through reflection, target setting and continual evaluation and refinement. During the placement you’ll have the opportunity to plan lessons and sequences of lessons to support the learning of individual pupils, groups and whole classes. You’ll then seek to evaluate the impact of your initial teaching on pupils’ progress and engagement and begin to demonstrate your ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards. Assessment is typically via written assignments and preparation of a teaching file.

The course is designed to develop your specialist subject knowledge, skills and understanding of religious education, alongside your understanding of subject specific pedagogies, the statutory and non-statutory curriculum, and the development of practical teaching skills.

In the education modules, we’ll help prepare you for the classroom; you’ll study behaviour for learning, assessment and inclusion, and a range of professional issues in secondary education. We’ll help develop your understanding of the RE curriculum; how to plan and develop learning activities which provoke challenging questions, encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs and build their sense of identity and their respect for others in order to help you plan and teach creative lessons which support pupils’ progress in in RE.

The Religious Education modules have been carefully selected to develop your specialist subject knowledge for teaching. Religion is a prominent and often controversial aspect of contemporary society. The academic study of religion engages with a range of related subjects such as sociology, ethics and philosophy. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the major world religions and their place in modern society; and to think deeply about how society deals with religion and how religion deals with society.

You’ll learn in small, friendly and supportive groups, designed to give you the confidence to succeed.Course tutors are very experienced and supportive and you’ll have a personal tutor to support you through your studies. Teaching is through workshops, tutorials, seminars and lectures, some with guest speakers and through group work with other teacher trainees from a variety of subject specialisms.

Assessment is typically through the completion of a range of classroom activities, written assignments, reports, presentations, personal subject audits, and the development of portfolios of evidence.Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

Teaching excellence

  1. We’ve been ranked 4th in the country for Education in the Guardian Guide to Higher Education 2018. This puts our education programmes amongst the very best in the UK along with Cambridge, Durham, Reading and Birmingham.
  2. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, Dec 2016)
  3. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.
  4. For the past nine years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career

We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition. 

So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions. Find out more about the Service.

*100% graduates from this subject area went on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. DHLE survey 2015/16

100%graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Education and Professional Development, which you would be a part of should you decide to study this course. The school provides you with support in a variety of areas, these include:

Student Support Office (iPoint): a one-stop-shop for students, studying within the School. Here you can get help and advice, including checking your timetable, finding a tutor, handing in assessments. We can also refer you to other departments within the University such as, student finance, student services etc.

Academic Skills Tutor: provides guidance about how you can develop your academic skills in order to improve your grades. We provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness. 

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Placements, Employability and Partnerships An enormous part of your learning takes place whilst on placement.  To help you get the best possible experience we operate an extensive professional network giving you the opportunity to access a wide range of high quality placement providers. Our professional network includes links with local authorities, schools, colleges, early years settings, voluntary organisations, youth services and youth offending teams to offer you real-life experience whilst you study. Our placements team offer you help to find your placement and support you through it.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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