Religious Education by Distance Learning (CREDL) PgCert

Religious textbooks

This programme is recognised by the Bishops of Scotland as a preliminary qualification in generalist Catholic religious education for those who wish to teach religious education in Catholic primary or secondary schools. It is an on-line distance learning programme and covers Aspects of theological education.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • The Certificate in Religious Education by Distance Learning (along with the necessary church approval) will allow you to teach in Catholic schools.
  • It will provide you with the requisite understanding of the main tenets of Catholic Christian theology, the Catholic vision of education and the methodology appropriate to Catholic religious education.
  • This programme is also recommended if you are a qualified teacher and want to re-visit your understanding of these issues as part of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
  • It can be completed concurrently with a BEd or PGDE programme and the MA Primary Education in Dumfries, (or subsequently on completion of any of these programmes).
  • CREDL is the University of Glasgow route for qualified teachers or students studying an ITE programme at other universities. 

Programme structure

CREDL is the University of Glasgow route for qualified teachers or students studying an ITE programme at other universities. 

Core courses

  • Aspects of theological education 1
  • Aspects of theological education 2.

For each course you will produce a portfolio, a 1,500-word essay.

Background/Aims

The Certificate in Religious Education by Distance Learning (CREDL) is a part-time award offered by the University of Glasgow. It is offered to those who wish to teach in Catholic schools and need to be up-to-date with the main tenets of Catholic Christian theology, with a Catholic vision of Education and with methodology appropriate to Catholic Religious Education. It can also be of value to those qualified teachers who wish to re-visit their understanding of these issues as part of their Continuing Professional Development.
It is recognised by the Bishops of Scotland as a preliminary qualification in generalist Catholic Religious Education for students who wish to teach R.E. in Catholic primary or secondary schools and who were unable to attend the Faculty of Education of the University of Glasgow. It can be completed concurrently with a B.Ed. or PGDE course, or subsequently.

Financial support
Financial support for this cost may be available from various sources, including your school, your employing authority, your local parish and Diocese.
If you have difficulty obtaining financial support for CREDL, contact Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES) to discuss the circumstances.

Introductory reading
Please look through the SCES websites below

Entry requirements

for entry in 2016

You must hold a teaching qualification or be a student on a programme of initial teacher education.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

View fees for 2016-17

Tuition fees for 2017-18

PgCert

Home and EU part-time only fees - £455 per 30 Credits

For applicants starting in 2016 please refer to the 2016-17 fees table.

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni applying to the PgCert. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

As a graduate you would have all the necessary attributes and accreditation to progress into teaching roles within Catholic education.

How to apply

Please contact Ms Denise Porada: email: Denise.Porada@glasgow.ac.uk; for information on how to apply.

Online Distance Learning

Please note that applications for programmes delivered online will be accepted until the commencement of the programmes in September 2016.