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Religious Education and History

Course Details

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NFQ Level:
8 - Please see for further information
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4 yr
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Are you interested in a rewarding and varied career in post-primary teaching? Are you fascinated by history and the big ideas that underpin religious belief? Do you want to have a positive impact on young people’s lives and development? If the answer is yes, then this course could be for you.


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This degree qualifies you to teach Religious Education and History to Honours Leaving Certificate Level. The course includes a variety of interesting core and optional topics. Throughout the programme, there is an emphasis on teamwork, leadership, communication and creativity - skills that will serve you well in a teaching career and can also transfer to a number of other professions.

This programme prepares you for the modern-day teaching environment. You’ll be encouraged to develop the skills needed to work in classrooms of cultural and religious diversity. You’ll also gain valuable and extensive teaching experience, both within the university and in school-based placements. 

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Careers & Further Options

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Your degree will be recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland, allowing you to register as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and apply immediately for employment in second-level schools as a teacher of Religious Education and History.

Graduates work in Post-Primary Schools, Government Departments, International Development Agencies, Culture and Heritage, the Media, and the Private Sector

  • Culture and Heritage
  • Government Departments
  • International Development Agencies
  • Media
  • Post Primary Schools
  • Private Sector
Education Leadership
Educational Administrator
Parish Ministry
Second Level Teacher
Second-level Teachers
School Principals
Educational Leaders
Educational Administrators
Parish Ministers

DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Our Graduates work in environments ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, family businesses and start-ups across every sector.

DCU Careers Service has a number of learning and development initiatives in place for our students, giving them the skills they need for a successful career path.

Go to our Careers site to find out more about career planning, our mentorship programme, skills development and online resources for students when working on CVs and making applications.

Entry Requirements

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There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

Please visit our Admissions webpage for details on course requirements or how to apply to DCU.

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International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. Click here for further information on international applications.

Course Structure

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Throughout the course you’ll cover four integrated areas:


We offer a student-friendly, supportive, open, dynamic and practical approach to the study of education. The diverse, exciting, engaging, and challenging study of education and religious education is reflected in the modules on offer.

One of the most exciting and rewarding elements of the course is our hands-on approach to school placement. Over the four years of the course, you’ll have an opportunity to gain valuable and extensive experience within a range of teaching and learning environments, including engagement in observation of practice, peer-teaching, team-teaching and school-based placement.

These elements provide a strong foundation for teaching Religious Education in second level schools and meet the subject criteria required by the Teaching Council. The specific subjects include ethics, philosophy, scripture, systematic theology and world religions. You’ll be encouraged to critically engage with a wide range of topics and develop the skills to work in contexts of cultural and religious diversity.

Studying English literature provides you with the skills to think creatively and intelligently about the fundamental roles played by storytelling and song-making in civilisation. You’ll engage with a wide range of literature and become familiar with the vital characteristics and contexts of drama, poetry, film and fiction. You’ll study style and substance, what literature describes, as well as how it does it. Our priority is developing your critical independence, enabling you to read and redirect on literary texts across traditions from Greek tragedy to Breaking Bad, Jane Austen to Father Ted and Shakespeare to Kanye West.

For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Student Contribution.
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee.
€15,000 per annum

How To Apply

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Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

To apply for this programme:
Candidates should apply directly here. Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

Please provide 

  • Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
  • If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.


All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here
After completing the CAO application, applicants may be invited to an interview.

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at

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I am interested in studying Religious Education and would like to teach it at post primary level. What other subjects can I study along with Religious Education?
DCU Institute of Education offers three different combinations for those who wish to teach Religious Education and another subject at post-primary level. These courses are fully recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland, and upon graduation, you can register as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and apply immediately for employment in post-primary schools:

*DC012: In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the University, the following entry requirements apply: H4 in Music or equivalent (this requirement may be waived by the Head of Music). DC012 is a restricted entry course. Applicants must apply through CAO by 1 February. Late applications cannot be accepted. Applicants must take music aural and performance tests. For details, please visit:

If you have any questions about Music on the Bachelor of Religious Education and Music programme (DC012), please contact Dr Seán Doherty: directly.