Moray House School of Education and Sport

Mathematics - G1X1

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Programme Structure

On the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Secondary, we aim to provide a professional learning experience. 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. 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.

Combining campus-based courses taught at Moray House and experiential Professional Placements undertaken in schools, this programme provides an excellent foundation for an impactful career in education.

Students will undertake extensive critical reading during their study. On-campus learning occurs as lectures, workshops, online learning and self-study. The development of collaborative working skills in problem-based learning contexts and responsibility for learning through professional enquiry is key. The courses involve learning in the domains of educational theory and practice, ensuring that you are well prepared to take on the professional role of a student teacher on placement. You are expected to build on skills gained in your previous education.

Course description (2021-22)

Professional Placement courses address classroom knowledge and skills; and experience of planning, managing, organising, assessing and evaluating pupil learning and taking on the role of a class teacher for increasing periods of time.

Professional Placements constitute approximately half of the programme, with students being allocated a placement within one of six key local authorities. Moray House has established teacher education partnerships with key local authorities that are closely involved in supporting teacher professional learning provision. This model of partnership is designed to provide high-quality professional development and enhanced qualifications for aspiring and practising teachers in all educational settings.

Key local authorities

Entry requirements

The qualifications for admission to the PGDE (Secondary) are:

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent, in the subject to be taught is preferred. This qualification should contain at least two graduating courses (80 UK credits) in the relevant subject. Some subjects will consider a broader range of degree content, so please check the subject-specific entry requirements below.
  • SQA Higher English at grade C or above (or equivalent) or GCSE English (Language) and English Literature both at C or above.
  • SQA National 5 Mathematics or Applications of Mathematics (formerly Lifeskills Maths) at grade C or above, GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent.
  • All applicants must also meet the University of Edinburgh English language requirement – we accept a wide range of qualifications, details of which can be found here: English Language Entry requirements

Subject-specific Entry Requirements

To be qualified for PGDE Mathematics, candidates must have a degree which contains at least 80 SCQF credits in Mathematics courses. The contributing courses within the degree must be recognised Mathematics courses, explicitly titled as such rather than embedded within other disciplines, however numerate or mathematical those may appear to be.

As a guide, the 80 SCQF credits are equivalent to 2 full courses of study where three subjects are studied in any one academic year (working on the basis of 120 Credits in one year). This is usually demonstrated through two 40-credit mathematics courses across Years 1 and 2 of an undergraduate degree programme, with at least 40 of those credits studied at SCQF level 8.

Course content should be related and relevant to parts of the secondary school curriculum, including the study of statistics where possible, as that branch of Mathematics is now very firmly located within national qualifications.

Dual qualifying – we welcome applications from those who wish to study the additional subject of Physics.

Please contact the Programme Director for further information about dual qualification and to check the availability of your second subject. 

Contact Programme Director: Dr Mary Bovill

To be considered for dual qualification, you should provide documentary evidence of additional credit in the second subject before your interview (eg. in your degree transcript), via email along with your UCAS ID number to the Admissions Office (

Degree relevancy for PGDE Mathematics

Engineering degrees are considered on an individual basis. Applicants should include a full transcript of degree courses to demonstrate depth and breadth of Mathematics studied within the programme and send to the Admissions Office ( to be assessed.

The following undergraduate degrees are usually NOT suitable if Mathematics is not explicitly studied as a distinct course within the degree programme:

  • Accountancy and/or Finance
  • Economics

Relevant Experience

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.

Applicants should demonstrate the following in their application:

  • Sustained experience of meaningful interactions with adolescents eg. youth work, sports coaching, volunteering, employment training.
  • Engagement with contemporary schools and teachers, eg. through voluntary or paid activity in school, learning and teaching observation, discussion with serving practitioners.
  • An informed interest in current educational issues & development.
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal skills and visual communication skills.

To be successful, applicants will be expected to have subject expertise and enthusiasm, and also be able to provide evidence of wanting to work with young people, and of having given due consideration to a career in secondary education. It is important that candidates can demonstrate that they have gained insights into learning and teaching from this work.


Selection for this programme involves a professional interview. 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, or relevant experience, or online for example on the Education Scotland (Foghlam Alba) website.

Candidates should expect to be asked their informed views on current challenges within teaching and within their subject area (this can be based on their knowledge, understanding and experience of learning and teaching in other parts of the world).

Education Scotland (Foghlam Alba)

Scholarships and Student Funding

Applicants to this programme may be eligible for one of the following funding opportunities.

Tom and Maureen Fairlie Scholarship

STEM Teacher Education Bursaries


UCAS Programme Links

Mathematics - G1X1

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