Teach Wimbledon Chemistry (2VKV)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Roehampton University
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

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

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

School Direct is a one-year route into teaching that offers you the opportunity to spend the majority of your time in the classroom from the very beginning, learning directly from experienced professionals.

The Chemistry teacher training programme is delivered in partnership with the University of Roehampton, who through lectures, workshops and assignments, provide the theoretical aspect of the programme, to support classroom practice. Please visit (https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses/school-direct/) for more information.

The course will prepare you to teach all elements of Chemistry. You will learn about current developments in the teaching of this subject and its place within the curriculum.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded with a PGCE, QTS and 60 credits at Masters level.

School placements

When submitting your application to train to teach with Teach Wimbledon, you will be asked to select the school at which you wish to be placed in the first instance. You will spend the majority of your teacher training year at this school, known as your home school.

You will also have the opportunity to spend a period of time in a contrasting school, known as your away school. This will be arranged by Teach Wimbledon in the Autumn term.

All schools at which trainees are placed are part of the Teach Wimbledon alliance and located within the London Borough of Merton, and should therefore be easily accessible.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Raynes Park High School
Bushey Road, London, SW20 0JL
Ricards Lodge High School
Lake Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 7HB
Ursuline High School Wimbledon
Crescent Road, Wimbledon, London, SW20 8HA

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in chemistry or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Please note that Teach Wimbledon is able to accept GCSE equivalency tests through the following providers:

Personal qualities

  • Ability to uphold the Teachers’ Standards
  • Vision for teaching
  • Passion for subject
  • Strong speaking, reading and listening skills
  • Awareness of children’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive needs and to the attitudes and behaviours displayed by young people in school
  • Knowledge of current educational landscape
  • Commitment to continuing professional learning
  • Openness to advice, guidance and positive professional challenge
  • Resilience to meet the demands of the course
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Professionalism, including organisation, punctuality, attendance
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • Relevant ICT skills

Other requirements

Please note that all offers are conditional and subject to the satisfactory outcome of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health check. These checks will be completed by the Higher Education Institution at which you complete your teacher training.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

About the training provider

About Us

Working in Partnership with the University of Roehampton, Teach Wimbledon leads an alliance and a unique School Direct partnership with 16 primary and secondary schools in Merton.

Our Programme

School Direct is a school-led route into teaching, which enables graduates to choose the school at which they complete their training year. The majority of our trainees obtain permanent employment at their placement school, or at another school within the Teach Wimbledon alliance.

School Direct offers trainees the opportunity to spend most of their time in school from the very beginning, learning directly from experienced professionals. Trainees typically spend four days a week at their placement school, and one day at university.

Upon successful completion of the course, trainees are awarded with a PGCE, QTS and 60 credits at Masters level.

Our Schools

Primary Schools: Dundonald Primary School, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, St John Fisher RC Primary School, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, St Teresa’s RC Primary School, St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School, The Priory Church of England Primary School, SS Peter & Paul Catholic School, St Mark’s Primary School.

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

About the accredited body

Courses are accredited by University of Roehampton, who have been at the forefront of teacher education for over 100 years. Many members of staff are at the cutting edge of research in teacher education, which has a positive impact on the quality of our provision; tutors have extensive teaching experience in schools with many having served as consultants or as Ofsted inspectors. The university experience is enhanced by its beautiful campus - unique in being both close to central London and set in parkland with grand, historic buildings and lakes side by side with newly built modern facilities.

Interview process

Should your application be shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview with your chosen school. Your interview will generally consist of a teaching activity, panel interview and written task.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome all applications and cater to the needs of all trainees according to individual requirements.

Please visit (https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/disability-services/) for more information.

Contact this training provider

Crescent Road
SW20 8HA

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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