Producing reflective and competent teachers, sensitive to the demands of the pupils and the job.
This Professional Graduate Diploma in Education is for graduates who want to become teachers in the secondary sector. The one-year programme is the Scottish route to qualified teacher status. The programme aims to educate graduates so that they develop the capacity to become transformative teachers who make a positive impact on the outcomes of learners and have the capacity to become future leaders in the profession. To this end, the programme focuses on teaching student teachers to use their powerful subject knowledge to create interesting, relevant and progressive teaching.
The programme seeks to ensure that student teachers have both a theoretical and practical knowledge of how to teach, in order to meet the needs and interests of young people. Furthermore, the programme seeks to develop the ability of student teachers to think and act reflectively and reflexively to a high level. A key focus of the programme is on social justice and what this means for practitioners in terms of how they think about their teacher identity and what and how they teach within and across their subject disciplines.
The 36-week secondary programme is divided equally between University-taught courses and school placement courses. The programme is therefore designed to prepare students for the range of roles that teachers are expected to play: a reflective classroom practitioner; a collaborator who contributes to the wider formal and informal curriculum of the school through interdisciplinary learning and through extra curricular activities; a subject specialist and a curriculum developer; a teacher in society, whether building strong relationships with parents or contributing to national policy debates; and a teacher who has the capacity for leadership.
Please note: This programme of study commences in mid August
The PGDE (Secondary) course aims to develop in our students:
This programme is designed to prepare our students adequately for the range of roles that teachers are expected to play. It is coherent and progressive and features assessment that will support student learning to provide reliable feedback and reporting. These requirements lead to the following principles for the design of the programme.
Teaching in the early twenty first century is a highly complex profession. A teacher is required to be proficient in not one major role, but several.
Each role brings a distinctive set of challenges and requires deep knowledge and skill.
The qualifications for admission to the PGDE (Secondary) are:
More detailed entry requirements (and alternatives) are listed in the subject specific information sheets further down this page.
The PGDE Secondary Programme is a professional graduate diploma and seeks, beyond academic qualifications, candidates who are suitable to join the profession in terms of their disposition towards and their experience of working with children and young people.
In general we expect candidates to have had experience of working with children and young people in a formal or informal setting such as:
It is important that candidates can demonstrate that they have gained insights into learning and teaching from this work.
Candidates will be expected to discuss their understanding of the Scottish Curriculum during interview.
They should ensure that they have researched this either via their work experience, shadowing, etc, or on websites such as Education Scotland (Foghlam Alba).
Selection involves a professional interview.
Here is a list of the Secondary subjects currently planned to be offered for entry. Each is linked to a PDF of further information.
Dual qualification means that a teacher is qualified to teach two different subject areas within schools, such as History and English, for instance, or Mathematics and Physics.
We welcome applications for dual subject qualification and can accommodate many dualities within the Programme. The only exception to dual qualification is for students undertaking the PGDE Secondary in Design & Technology as this is already considered a double subject in Scotland.
If you want to pursue a dual qualification you must have an additional 80 credits in the second subject area and meet the GTCS requirements for teaching this subject. Your application will be made for the first subject area but you will state on the form that you have an interest in dual qualification.
Please contact the Programme Director by email for further information about dual qualification.
On successful completion of the programme, students are recommended to contact the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) for provisional registration. Full registration is awarded on the completion of one satisfactory year of teaching the subject(s) for which qualification has been gained through this programme. Further information about the GTCS can be found at their website (link to website at foot of this page).
The Scottish Government and General Teaching Council for Scotland offer a guaranteed probationer year for students graduating from a Scottish Higher Education Institution who are classed as UK or EU domiciled candidates at the time of entering the programme. It is important to note that students who hold a non-EU status are not eligible for the guaranteed probationer year.
For tuition fee purposes, the PGDE is treated in the same way as an undergraduate programme.
Tuition fees for eligible students from Scotland or a non-UK European Union country are paid by Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS). Check your fee status to see whether you are eligible.
Please submit your application via UCAS (Undergraduate) following the link below. Please note that we do not accept applications for deferred entry to this course. The UCAS equal consideration deadline is 15 January and applications to high demand PGDE Secondary subjects are likely to close on, or shortly after this date. To check whether a programme is still accepting applications after 15 January, please check the UCAS course search website or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Application procedures are available from UCAS at:
For further information, please contact: