Continuing professional development 

ATQRE for Catholic Schools Blended learning

  • CPD: 6 months
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Why this course

  • The Additional Teaching Qualification in Religious Education for Catholic Schools (ATQRE for Catholic Schools) consists of 2 x 40 Credits (Level 10) courses that are recognised by the General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS) and which can be used to apply for Professional Recognition in the subject.
  • The courses are taught by staff of the St Andrew's Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education at the University of Glasgow.
  • The ATQRE programme is for qualified teachers who wish to become specialist RE teachers in the Secondary school. 
  • Please Note: The Bishops' Conference of Scotland state that any religious education posts in Catholic schools in Scotland are to be filled by practising Catholics.

Course structure

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RE (Catholic) Specialism Part 1

Liturgy, Sacraments, Christology & Revelation

Short description

This course will critically explore Catholic theological understanding of Liturgy, Sacraments, Christology and Revelation. This course is a blend of face-to-face and online teaching. The course begins in January 2022 and ends in June (Semester 2).

Face-to-face and zoom teaching dates:

  • Saturday 22 January 2022 (face to face at the University 10-5pm)
  • Tuesday 15 February 2022 from 5-7pm via zoom
  • Tuesday 8 March 2022 from 5-7pm via zoom
  • Tuesday 29 March 2022 from 5-7pm via zoom
  • Tuesday 19 April 2022 from 5-7pm via zoom
  • Tuesday 3 May 2022 from 5-7pm via zoom
  • Saturday 14 May 2022 (face to face at the University 10-5pm)

Aims of the course

  • To provide students with a depth of knowledge and understanding of these key religious topics enabling them to teach Religious Education with confidence and expertise.
  • To stimulate academic inquiry and to encourage students to engage critically with theological, religious, philosophical and ethical concepts and ideas.

Learning outcomes

The course provides opportunities for students to develop and to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills and other attributes as described below. By the end of this course, students will be able to: 

Knowledge & Understanding

  • demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of the breadth of theological debate on revelation with a focus on the person of Jesus.
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the theological underpinnings of Liturgy.
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the theological underpinnings of Sacraments in their liturgical context. 
  • exemplify the application of theological knowledge, as appropriate, in the context of classroom Religious Education.

Skills

  • use their knowledge, critical understanding and theological literacy to enable effective communication of key theological concepts.
  • demonstrate a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at - or informed by - the forefront of their academic discipline as it relates to Religious Education in the Catholic school.
  • communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level. 
  • demonstrate the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility.

Summative assessment

The course will be summatively assessed, by a written 4000 word equivalent, portfolio in which participants demonstrate their knowledge, understanding, skills and practical application of the themes of the course. 

  • Submission date: 1st June 2022

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RE (Catholic) Specialism Part 2

Ecclesiology, Ethics & Morality, Abrahamic Religions 

Short description

This course will critically explore theological understandings of Ecclesiology, Ethics & Morality and the Abrahamic Religions. This course is a blend of face-to-face and online teaching. The course begins in August 2022 and ends in December (Semester 1).

Face-to-Face teaching dates:

  • Saturday 20 August (Face to face at the University 10-5pm)
  • Tuesday 13 September from 5-7pm via zoom
  • Tuesday 4 October from 5-7pm via zoom
  • Tuesday 25 October from 5-7pm via zoom
  • Tuesday 15 November from 5-7pm via zoom
  • Saturday 3 December (Face to face at the University 10-5pm) 

Aims

  • To provide students with a depth of knowledge and understanding of these key religious topics, enabling them to teach Religious Education with confidence and expertise. 
  • To stimulate academic inquiry and to encourage students to engage critically with theological, religious, philosophical and ethical concepts and ideas. 

Learning outcomes

The course provides opportunities for students to develop and to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills and other attributes as described below. By the end of this course students will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding

  • identify and critique some historical and contemporary understandings of ecclesiology.
  • reflect critically on a range of positions from within the Church's teaching on ethical and moral education.
  • identify key aspects of the inter-relationship between the Abrahamic Religions (Islam, Judaism and Christianity), their world views, ethical norms and attitudes.

Skills

  • use their knowledge, critical understanding and theological literacy to enable effective communication of key theological concepts.
  • demonstrate a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline as it relates to Religious Education in the Catholic school.
  • communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences 
  • act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
  • demonstrate the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility

Assessment

The course will be summatively assessed by a written 4000word equivalent portfolio in which participants demonstrate their knowledge, understanding, skills and practical application of the themes of the programme.

  • Submission date: Jan 2023 (date TBC)

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Course alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all courses as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a course. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Fees & funding

Fees

  • £1,284 (Alumni Discount)

Applicants are expected to pay the full fee or source funding for the programme.

How to apply

To apply for the ATQRE programme at the University of Glasgow, please submit an application via the Online Application System.

Apply now

We are aware of system issues preventing applications and access to self-service. We hope to have this back online as soon as possible