University of Sunderland
Religious Education (11-16) with QTS (3FB5)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
16 January 2019
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

This is a new programme which has been designed by national experts in PGCE Religious Education in response to the need to provide a new generation of RE teachers to serve the shortage identified by the Department for Education. The University of Sunderland are one of only a few providers in the North East who offer this specialism. It is a unique programme which leads to QTS that has 60 Masters Level Credits attached to it.

The one-year programme blends expert theoretical knowledge with carefully supervised teaching experience, combined with the subject knowledge required to develop confident and innovative teachers who will make this vital subject accessible to all learners.

You will attend placements in a diverse range of educational settings to build a rich understanding of the realities of Secondary level teaching. In addition to the development effective and engaging teaching styles, you will also be prepared to meet the requirements of Religious Education within the National Curriculum and GCSE/A Level specifications. Subject enhancements in Humanities, British Values and SMSC are embedded as additional levels of specialist knowledge end employability.

This course qualifies you to teach Religious Education at Secondary level in any state-maintained, denominational school or academy in England and Wales.

Interview process

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an interview at the University's Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's. Interviews will begin in January 2019.

Interviews held within the University will be led by the academics on the course with the essential details of the day sent to you via email prior to interview so you will be very well prepared for the day.

How school placements work

Prior to starting the programme, trainees are required to carry out a five-day Pre-Programme Placement, assisting and observing in a primary school of their own choice; with a focus on their elected route. This ensures that all trainees starting the programme have recent and relevant experience in school settings, which will subsequently be built upon during lectures at the University and in the Teaching Practice that follows. During the Pre-Programme Placement, trainees complete the Pre-Placement Handbook, which is used as a record of the tasks carried out and a starting point for discussion with personal tutors.

The University of Sunderland has partnerships with over 200 schools, in 12 local authorities. On the PGCE Secondary RE course you’ll spend at

least 120 days on placement. Our Placement Team will work with you to find the perfect placements - schools that can nurture and support your aspirations and interests, and help you become the best secondary teacher you can be.

At the University students on a PGCE spend 3 days a week in their placement school, with the remaining 2 days spent in University.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £11,500

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 - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Candidates will usually hold a 2:2 (Hons) degree or higher.

All candidates must have GCSE Grade 4/C (or equivalent) in English Language, and Mathematics.

To commence the Programme, applicants will have obtained Professional Skills Test passes in Literacy and Mathematics and University of Sunderland DBS check.

Personal qualities

You will be assessed on your potential to learn and not your experience.

Other requirements

In addition to academic qualifications, you must also:

•Have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (supplied by the University once applicant passes interview)

•Complete a medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)

(supplied by the University once applicant passes interview)

•Have passed the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy, set by the Department for Education. This is essential before you can achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is helpful if you are able to take the tests before your interview with us, but this is not a requirement of applying for this course.

About the training provider

The University of Sunderland is an ambitious university with a global reach. We have 20,000 students at our four campuses worldwide – two in Sunderland on the north east coast, one in London and our newest in Hong Kong.

The University has been awarded Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework which demonstrates our high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

According to our most recent Ofsted report, some key strengths of our provisions are strong communication and positive relationships between the University and its partner schools, and the commitment of trainers in partnership schools to the all-round development of the trainees. Our comprehensive courses will give you the skills needed to make a real difference in educating the next generation, as well as thrive on a personal level with a rewarding career.

Education courses at the University of Sunderland give you the best career prospects in the North East (The Guardian University Guide, 2016).

With 110 years-worth of experience of training teachers we are highly regarded in the local area, with links to 230 schools and colleges.

• All our Primary and Secondary ITT courses are accredited by the Teacher Regulation Agency (TRA ) for QTS (Post Compulsory Education and Training does not award QTS)

• World-leading research in Education, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (RE F)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We celebrate and value the diversity of all students and staff, working to ensure that all are welcome in our community and do not face discrimination or encounter barriers with regard to their disability.

Please contact the Disability Support Team for disability-related queries:


Tel: 0191 515 2952

Contact details

0191 515 3000
Edinburgh Building
City Campus
Chester Road


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: S84
  • Training programme code: 3FB5

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
Main Site
The Student Gateway, Edinburgh Building, Chester Road, Sunderland SR1 3SD
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