Course Title
Institute of Education

Religious Education and English

Bachelor of Religious Education and English

  • CAO CodeDC010
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Min Points 2019 386
  • Duration 4 Years

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€3,043
  • EU Status Fee€6,679
  • Non EU Fees€14,900
About fees & requirements

Fully qualifies you to teach second level Religious Education and English in just four years. This course offers a streamlined track to a profession in post-primary teaching, qualifying you to teach RE and English to Honours Leaving Certificate Level.

In addition to teacher education, you’ll receive instruction in how to make the most of teamwork, leadership, communication and creativity. Your coursework will also cover Foundational and Professional Studies in Education; Theology, Religious Studies and Ethics; and English Literature. You’ll learn how to think intelligently, imaginatively, and independently about storytelling and song-making in civilization, from classical texts to contemporary pop culture.

Why do this course?

  • Specialised centre of excellence with a long and rich background in Teacher Education
  • 25% School Placement preparing you to teach in the 21st-century classroom
  • Qualify to teach RE & English to Honours Leaving Certificate level
  • Track record of graduate employment in key educational positions in Ireland, Europe and Internationally

Student Voice

English for me was always fascinating; there were great lectures and a wide variety of literature to engage with. Religion, while different to anything I had previously studied, was fascinating and thought provoking. Since graduating I have completed a Masters in Guidance Counselling and I am now working full-time in Wexford as a Guidance Counsellor and teacher of RE and English. I put my career success down to the top-class education I received and the colleges' reputation for training top-quality teachers.

Mick Weafer

About the course

Throughout the course you’ll cover four integrated areas:

  • Foundational and Professional Studies in Education: 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.
  • Teaching, Including School Placements: 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, micro-teaching, peer-teaching, team-teaching and school-based placement (in both primary and post-primary sectors). You’ll be supported throughout your professional development by experienced School Placement tutors, school-based cooperating teachers and METIS (a custom-built web-based environment for School Placement).
  • Theology, Religious Studies and Ethics: 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; 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.
  • English: Studying English Literature provides you with the skills to think creatively and intelligently about the fundamental roles played by storytelling and song-making in civilization. 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; Shakespeare to Kanye West.


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Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.

Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.

A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.


This course is 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 second level schools. Graduates seek work as:

  • Broadcaster
  • Chaplaincy
  • Consultant
  • Education Leadership
  • Educational Administrator
  • Journalism
  • Parish Ministry
  • Poetry
  • Principal
  • Second Level Teacher

In these areas


General Entry Requirements

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

GCE A Level

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

QQI level 5

For details of QQI requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

Transfer Applications

Applications are welcomed from students who have studied at Level 6, Level 7 and Level 8 in relevant areas. Such students may be admitted to Year One of the course and exempt from certain modules.

International Applications

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. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

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

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

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

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here
Unpon completing the CAO application, all Applicants will be required to attend for an interview.

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here

Fees & Payments

For information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet.

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Bachelor of Religious Education and English Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €3,043 €6,679 €14,900