Religious Education

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Being a Religious Education teacher

RE teachers help children appreciate different beliefs and religions and understand the world around them.

Training options

To teach religious education, you need a degree in religious studies or theology plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). Alternatively, you can study a degree that combines education with religious and philosophical studies.

Four-year university courses in education

For the four-year combined degree and other undergraduate degree programmes you must have at least:

  • English and two other National Qualifications at SCQF Level 6 (Higher Grade) AND
  • Mathematics and one other subject at SCQF Level 5 (or an accepted alternative, for example, National 5, Credit Standard Grade or Intermediate 2).

Check the entry requirements with the course provider.

PGDE university courses

Here are the universities you can study for a PDGE in Religious Education at secondary level. Entry requirements vary so it’s best to check with the course provider.

Carrie Thomson - Curricular Leader of Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies (RMPS) and Social Subjects at Liberton High School

“I wake up every morning looking forward to going to work. I love teaching RMPS, it’s all about the holistic development of young people and it’s a chance for the students to hear different viewpoints, beliefs and opinions, and to analyse and evaluate them.

"Teaching takes dedication and compassion. Some of the smartest people I know are teachers and they made the decision to do so because they knew they wanted to help young people.

"For me, the thing I want to do most of all is make a difference. I want to be the teacher who makes a change for the young people who are having a difficult time. I want to be the teacher who challenges young people to achieve their potential.

"Seeing a pupil have a ‘light bulb moment’, achieving something that they thought was impossible, or simply seeing that they are excited to see you after the summer break makes teaching so rewarding."

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