Producing reflective and competent teachers, sensitive to the demands of the pupils and the job.
The aim of the PGDE (Secondary) is to provide a route to qualified teacher status for graduates whose qualifications satisfy the requirements for entry into the teaching profession in Scotland. It aims to produce reflective and competent teachers, sensitive to the demands of the pupils and the job, responsive to a changing education system and committed to continuing their own professional development throughout their careers.
This is a one year programme of 36 weeks duration and is divided into a first block of 16 weeks, a second block of 11 weeks and a final block of 9 weeks and comprises an equal balance between University-based and school-based activities.
Please note that this programme of study commences in late 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.
Information about core themes and programme assessment are detailed in the following PDF:
The qualifications for admission to the PGDE (Secondary) are:
Selection involves a professional interview.
The Secondary subjects currently planned to be offered for entry are:
Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages (Chinese, French, German), Music, Physical Education, Physics, and Design & Technology.
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 the General Teaching Council for Scotland have recently introduced a guaranteed probationer year for students graduating from a Scottish Higher Education Institution with a teaching qualification whose training has been publicly funded. Students who pay overseas or full fees are not in publicly-funded places and are therefore not eligible to join the scheme.
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.
Application forms and details on the application procedure are available from UCAS at:
For further information, please contact:
This article was published on Jan 9, 2014