Teach Wimbledon
Religious Education (3DCD)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Roehampton University
Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

School Direct is a one year course which offers the opportunity to spend the majority of time in school, learning directly from experienced professionals. Professional Studies is provided by Higher Education Institutes and involves university-centred training once a week. Through lectures, workshops and assignments the theoretical aspect of teaching and Professional Studies supports practice in the classroom leading to the award of a P.G.C.E. and Qualified Teacher Status and 60 credits to Masters.

This course will prepare you to teach all aspects of Religious Education in secondary school. You will learn about current developments in the teaching of Religious Education and its place in the National Curriculum at GCSE.

The course will also enable the trainee to spend a period of time in a contrasting school placement arranged by Teach Wimbledon.

Interview process


Well-presented and coherent application

Suitable academic profile

Adequate teaching and or school experience

Favourable references

Good quality supporting statement

Subject specific criteria met


Individual interview with Headteacher and Head of department

Class room observation

Subject related task

Literacy and Numeracy Tests

Tour the school

Candidate will have opportunity to meet the department and Senior team at the school

How school placements work

In the first instance, candidates select the school they would like to train at.

Teach Wimbledon will organise an away placement and all of the schools are based within the London borough of Merton and therefore within close proximity.

We are partnered with 6 Secondary schools and as part of the course trainees are expected to attend 6 weeks in another school. The rest of the year will be spent at the home chosen school.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,750
EU students £9,750

The University offer a range of financial support, including generous scholarships, a Student Hardship Fund for those in financial difficulty, access to postgraduate student loans and personal advice on budgeting.

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



  • GCSEs at grade C or above including English, maths.

Degree classification of 2:1 or above

At least 2 weeks work experience in a classroom environment, however, applications will be considered even if this requirement is not met and this can be arranged prior to starting the course (This is desirable rather than compulsory)

Evidence at application of the ability to demonstrate a high standard of written English

Evidence at application of the ability to demonstrate a high standard of maths

Personal qualities

To uphold the Teachers’ Standards with enthusiasm, commitment and demonstrate a vision for teaching

Ability to communicate clearly with speaking, reading and listening skills

Awareness of and sensitivity to children’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive needs and to the range of attitudes and behaviours displayed by young people

Knowledge of current educational landscape

Openness to continuing professional learning

Openness to advice, guidance and positive professional challenge

Professionalism including organisation, punctuality, attendance and adherence to codes of conduct

The ability to work independently and a team player

Demonstrate the resilience to meet the demands of the course

Other requirements

Health and physical capacity to teach

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)

Commitment to equal opportunities

A vision for teaching

Relevant ICT skills

About the training provider

Welcome to Teach Wimbledon

Working alongside Roehampton University, University of London and St Mary's University, Teach Wimbledon leads an Alliance and a unique school direct partnership with 16 schools in Merton.

School Direct is a route into teaching which enables graduates to be employed by the school where their training takes place for the year with an expectation that this will continue once the programme is successfully completed.

We lead the provision of training opportunities at Primary level and in a wide range of subjects at Secondary level.

First and Second year, 100% job offers within Teach Wimbledon secured.

Qualification leads to PGCE/60 masters credit and QTS. (No 3rd degrees allowed for any entry requirements)

Primary Schools: Dundonald, Hatfeild, Lonesome, St Mary's, The Priory C of E , St Thomas of Canterbury, St Teresa's , Sacred Heart , St John Fisher, St Peter and Paul's

Secondary Schools: Raynes Park High School, Ricards Lodge High School, Rutlish School , St Marks Academy, Ursuline High School, Wimbledon College.

Feedback on Teach Wimbledon

"Selection process is robust" "Students are well supported" "100% retention on the course"

About the accredited body

The University of Roehampton has been at the forefront of teacher education for over 100 years and has a long-established, international reputation as one of the principal providers of teacher education in the UK. Many members of the academic staff are at the cutting edge of research in teacher education, which has a positive impact on the quality of provision for all of our students; and all tutors have extensive teaching experience in schools.


Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome all applicants and cater to the needs of all trainees according to what maybe required.

Contact details

Crescent Road
SW20 8HA


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 1ZO
  • Training programme code: 3DCD

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Ricards Lodge High School
Lake Road, Wimbledon SW19 7HB
Yes 4
Rutlish School
Watery Lane, Merton SW20 9AD
Yes 5
St Mary's RC Primary School
Russell Road, London SW10 1QL
Yes A
Ursuline High School
Crescent Road, Wimbledon Sw20 8HA
Yes E
Wimbledon College
Edge Hill, Wimbledon SW19 4NS
Yes C

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