Religious & Philosophical Education

TEACHING RELIGIOUS & PHILOSOPHICAL EDUCATION

This degree programme will qualify you to teach religious education, theology, religious, moral and philosophical studies or religious studies in secondary schools.

This programme will be of benefit if you are involved in the development of new school and college programmes in philosophical studies.

Programme structure

You will study three main elements.

Theology, religious studies and philosophy 

You will develop the critical and analytical skills required to address the major cultural, theological and spiritual issues of our time. You will be able to take a number of optional courses in philosophy, theology and religious studies. 

Professional and education studies 

You will explore, in the context of Scottish education, how pupils learn and how educators teach most effectively. 

School experience 

At least 35 weeks of the four-year programme will be spent working in schools. This will take the form of block placements of several weeks in schools, with weekly days in University to continue with professional studies. 

You will be provided with the opportunity to work in the classroom and develop competence in dealing with children. You will also develop skills in curriculum planning, assessment, reporting, management and organisation.

Special Glasgow feature

Catholic students who complete the appropriate course in Religious Education will be awarded the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate in Religious Education.

In keeping with policy within Scottish Education it is envisaged that students within this degree may have an opportunity to study courses within their undergraduate degree which are at a Masters level.

Our international links

This degree is also widely recognised for entry into secondary school teaching in other English-speaking countries.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2015

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English and GCSE Maths at Grades A or B. Evidence of motivation. Interview. Disclosure Scotland.

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAB. S6 entry requirement = AAABB
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAAB in S5 but have achieved at least ABBB MAY receive an offer based on S6 results. A decision will be made in March 2015 once all applications have been reviewed.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English Higher and Maths Standard Grade 2 or Intermediate 2 Grade C. Evidence of motivation. Interview. Disclosure Scotland.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English at HL5 and Maths at SL4. Evidence of motivation. Interview. Disclosure Scotland.

Interview policy 

As part of our selection process you will be interviewed. Interviews normally begin in mid-December and will run until February.

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

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:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre 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 Language Centre 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: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

my academic qualifications are below the requirements?

Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.

Career prospects

There is a strong demand for entrants to the teaching profession in secondary schools in Scotland and elsewhere, suitably qualified in Religious & Philosophical Education.

Opportunities exist for progression both within schools and into postgraduate study and professional development at Master and Doctoral levels.

Accreditation

This programme leads to registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Important information

Disclosure Scotland

If you are accepted to a teaching degree you must undertake a Criminal Convictions check prior to enrolment. It is your responsibility to pay for the check. Details will be sent to you.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

MA(Ed)

  • KIS
    Religious & Philosophical Education with Secondary Teaching: VX61

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.

Scholarships

We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

How to apply

UCAS closing dates for entry in 2015

The UCAS process requires applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry to be submitted by 15 October each year, and applications to all other degree programmes by 15 January each year. The University of Glasgow cannot accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines, nor can it accept changes to applications after these dates. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be allowed after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October 2014: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January 2015: all other UK/EU applicants
  • 30 June 2015: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March 2015.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

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