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Discovering Muslims in Britain

An online course exploring Islam and the everyday lives of Muslims in Britain, as well as how to understand religion from sociological perspectives.

This six-week online course will teach you about Muslims in Britain and how to understand and explore Islam from a sociological perspective in the RE classroom.

It will introduce you to the importance of lived accounts of religion, the basics of Islam as a religious tradition, the diversity of British Muslim identities, and how to use different kinds of data within RE.

Enrolments for the course will close at 12:00 on 16 December 2020.

Your trainer will be Matt Vince.

Enrol on this course

Start date Days and times
4 January 2021 4 January - 12 February 2021
£75 (original price £125 - first 25 places kindly subsidised)

Who it’s for

  • Teachers who teach Islam at Key Stage 3, or other Key Stage phases
  • Teachers who may wish to improve their subject knowledge about Islam
  • Teachers who may be looking for support in developing a scheme of work about Islam and Muslims for their RE curriculum.

What you’ll learn

On completion of the course learners should be able to:

  • Describe basic beliefs and practices in the Islamic tradition
  • Understand and explain the ways Muslims understand and practice Islam in a British context
  • Understand aspects of the history of Muslims in Britain and how this has shaped contemporary Muslim communities
  • Appreciate basic sociological methods of analysis (i.e. interviews and data analysis)
  • Incorporate these ideas in their teaching and learning in the classroom.

Topics covered

  • How can we understand religion in society?
  • What does Islam mean to Muslims?
  • How do Muslims follow religious sources of wisdom and authority today?
  • How do Muslims practice their faith?
  • What is the history of Muslims in Britain?
  • Where are Muslim communities located?
  • What is a mosque?
  • How do Muslims express their faith through the arts?
  • How do Muslims in Britain experience Islamophobia?


You will not require any specialist equipment and only need access to a computer with a good internet connection.


The course will be delivered fully online.

  • Learners will engage with illustrated articles, videos, quizzes and an online discussion forum.
  • There will be a topical weekly live webinar led by leading experts in the field, and an opportunity to post questions before and after the webinar.
  • Each week consists of 2 – 3 sessions that take approximately 1 hour to complete.
  • The online forum will allow delegates to discuss questions with each other and with a tutor, in an unrestricted timeframe. Via a virtual ‘office hour’ the course tutor will reply to questions within a maximum of 72 hours.
  • Delegates will be encouraged to use the online forum to present their experiences at certain places in the course.
  • The course is scheduled to take 6 weeks.


Knowledge covered in this course is not available comprehensively from other sources.  It has the endorsement of RE Today, one of the leading professional bodies for RE teachers in Britain, and the Muslim Council of Wales.

This course has been developed by a team at the Islam-UK Centre, who specialise in sociological research exploring Muslims in Britain, alongside experts in other fields of Islamic Studies.

The course is accompanied by a fully-resourced scheme of work that includes teaching PowerPoints, lesson plans, pupil worksheets and other associated resources. Learners also have access to Cardiff University library resources, as well as collections of free extra resources for each topic.

The course also offers reflection on how to implement your learning in your RE teaching.  Successful completion rewarded with Certificate.

The course offers an opportunity to network with other RE teachers from around the UK, and to share experiences and ideas.

Download this free, editable set of Key Stage 3 teaching materials on Discovering Muslims in Britain.