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BEd Post-Primary Religious Studies


Course Structure:

The BEd (Post-Primary) course qualifies you to teach within the 11-19 age range and provides opportunities to develop transferable skills for employment in other educational/training settings. The programme has recently been reviewed in order to take account of recent curriculum initiatives in the post-primary sector.  The programme comprises the inter-related strands as shown above and offers a wide range of flexibility so that progress through the BEd is largely self-directed.

Years 1 and 2 of the course will be foundation years in which you will study common, compulsory modules in Education Studies and Professional Studies.  You will specialise in an academic subject (or combination of subjects), in Learning for Life and Work and in Literacy and Numeracy.  In order to help you to embrace successfully the challenges of study at undergraduate level, one module will have a Study Skills focus.

In Years 3 and 4, you will continue to specialise in your chosen academic subject (or combination of subjects) and choose from a range of additional specialist modules including the opportunity to select from a range of specialist options.  This flexibility aims to give you an opportunity to specialise in a particular chosen area, for example, in the area of Pastoral Care, Special Educational Needs, 14-16 Occupational Studies or Essential Skills.

Education and Professional Studies

Education and Professional Studies is offered in each year of the post-primary degree programme.  Students are taught using innovative methodologies in tutorials, workshops, seminars and lectures, where they critically consider evidence from a range of media such as visual media, electronic journals and library texts.  Each module has a particular focus (such as Assessment for Learning or Children with Special and Additional Needs) but throughout students are made aware of the primacy of the learner.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Minimum C in Maths & English
GCE / VCE Grades ABB
GCE A Level Subjects Required Religious Studies
Access 80% average specialising in English / History modules
Other Factors GCSE Profile, Interview, Personal Statement, Reference, Relevant Structured Experience

Course Outline

By means of deepening their personal awareness and understanding of religion and religious issues in an increasingly plural society, the Religious Studies course aims to equip students to become effective professional teachers of Religious Education. The course includes focused studies on Christianity and other major faith traditions, on the relationships between them and on their approaches to a range of ethical issues and, in particular, on ways of exploring these themes in the post-primary classroom.

The course is open to students from all religious backgrounds and those of no religion, and qualifies graduates to teach R.E. in a variety of settings, to GCSE and GCE A Levels.

Learning & Teaching

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and informal classes in which student participation is encouraged. Assessment is by course work and examination and third and fourth year students are given opportunities to develop research skills. Emphasis is placed on inclusion, respect for diversity, creative approaches to dealing with conflict and the development of critical openness towards a range of religious beliefs and practices and alternative life stances.

A significant element of the final year of study will involve synopic assessment in the form of a dissertation.