Train to be a teacher of Religious Studies in secondary school and help young people broaden their understanding of the modern world.
At a glance
Subject / Phase
Religious Education (Secondary)
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Sheffield Hallam University
Why Train to Be a Religious Studies Teacher?
By teaching Religious Studies you have the opportunity to contribute to building young people’s understanding and appreciation of different beliefs, practices and religions, and how these relate to the modern world. You can help them recognise and understand religious diversity and non-religious beliefs and the importance of these in society. This is an opportunity to really open up young people’s minds to the world around them.
What is Life Like as a Religious Studies Teacher?
As a Religious Studies teacher you will teach young people about different religions, philosophy and values, and help them appreciate the global diversity of beliefs. You will create lessons to inspire and motivate them to explore different values and attitudes, and consider moral and ethical issues to help them reflect on their own approach to making moral decisions. You will also assess students’ progress and mark their work, as well communicate with parents about their child’s progress. You could get involved in organising trips and visits from outside speakers.
What Skills Do You Need to Be a Religious Studies Teacher?
Above all else, a passion for your subject and the desire to support your students is key. Being able to build good relationships with students, colleagues and parents is also important. Being organised is an asset, as is patience and a sense of humour! Teachers are continually developing, so the ability to self-reflect and the willingness to take on new learning and training is beneficial. Above all else, the desire to support young people to achieve their very best is what’s needed.
What Do We Cover in Religious Studies Teacher Training?
You will be trained to teach religious studies at secondary school.
This includes training in university, via STSA’s professional learning courses, and as part of your school placements, as detailed below:
Our academic partner is Sheffield Hallam University, whose course is rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted. At university, you will have the opportunity to hone your religious studies knowledge and skills via seminars, workshops, lectures, group work, directed tasks, written assessments and practical work. You are assessed through supportive, collaborative means, helping you to grow and improve.
In STSA Professional Learning Courses
We run a number of STSA professional learning sessions throughout the year. These days are a great opportunity for our trainees to come together, catch up and share their experiences. Our trainees tell us this is a highly valued part of our course.
Examples of topics covered include:
- The Professional Teacher
- Lesson/scheme design
- Assessment: marking and feedback
- Data collection and analysis
- Barriers to learning
- Organisation of self
- Knowledge of consecutive key stages
- Role of SENCO
- Behaviour management
- Building resilience
- Child development
- SEND and inclusion
- EAL and new arrivals
- Collaborative team teaching
- Communication with parents
- Planning for transition
The STSA team are on hand throughout the course to help you with any issues or questions you may have.
During your School Placements
Our course includes high-quality placements in two of our partner schools, providing experience in contrasting settings – which is part of the Department for Education (DfE) regulations for Initial Teacher Training (ITT). Your main placement is approximately 24 weeks over the academic year, whilst your complementary placement is approximately 6 weeks. You also have a 2-day experience in a primary setting.
You will have your own mentor in each school, who will meet with you regularly and provide support and advice. They will also assess your teaching in school.
You can find out more about what to expect on our course here.
You will always be developing as a teacher and could progress to a head of subject role, or even head of a department or faculty. Some teachers decide to specialise in pastoral work, taking on a head of key stage/year group role. From middle management, you could then progress into senior leadership as an assistant, deputy or head teacher. With multi-academy trusts growing in number, there are also new opportunities working across a number of schools, taking on responsibility for your particular subject.
Which Qualifications Do You Gain?
You will gain:
- A PGCE in Secondary Religious Education (11-16 with post-16 enhancement)
- Qualified Teaching Status
- 60 Masters credits
It’s a great mix of academic and professional training that really equips you for life in the classroom.
Funding for Religious Studies Teacher Training
As a trainee religious studies teacher, you could access a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to cover your training, and potentially other additional financial support.
Find out more about funding here.
Start: September 2021
End: June 2022