Postgraduate study

Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) PGDE

Awards: PGDE

Accreditation

Funding opportunities

Placements/internships

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Tom Bird PGDE Secondary (Physics and Mathematics) 2019
Tom Bird               PGDE Secondary (Physics and Mathematics) 2019

The Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Secondary is for graduates who want to become subject-specialist teachers in the secondary sector. This 36-week programme is the Scottish route to qualified teacher status.

This is an intensive programme of study, divided equally between University-based and school-based activities.

The programme is designed to prepare you for the range of roles that teachers are expected to play:

  • A competent, reflective classroom practitioner
  • A collaborator who contributes to the wider informal curriculum of the school
  • A subject specialist and a curriculum developer
  • A teacher in society, whether building strong relationships with parents or contributing to national policy debates

We currently offer our secondary programme in the following subjects:

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Latin or Latin and Classical Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages (Chinese, French, German)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics

Dual Qualification status

Dual qualification means that a teacher is qualified to teach two different subject areas within schools, such as History and English, or Mathematics and Physics.

We welcome applications for dual subject qualification and can accommodate many dualities. Simply make your application for the first subject area and state on the form that you have an interest in dual qualification.

Please contact the Programme Director for further information about dual qualification.

Accreditation

Graduates are qualified to teach and eligible for provisional registration from the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). Eligible graduates may join the Teacher Induction Scheme, a guaranteed, paid one-year probationary teaching post, or take up a Flexible Route.

This programme, starting in late August, is divided into three blocks, of 16 weeks, 11 weeks and nine weeks. Each block contains an equal balance between University-based and school-based activities.

Campus activities will include lectures and workshops, with a focus on student-centred learning in a multidisciplinary setting.

Professional Placements in schools include observation and analysis of teaching and learning, through to developing and implementing your own teaching practice. Students 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.

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.

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.

Graduates from this programme are qualified to teach, and eligible for provisional registration from the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

On successful completion of this 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.

Eligibility for Teacher Induction Scheme

Students from Scotland, other parts of the UK (RUK) and other Member States of the European Union, who are studying at a Scottish Higher Education Institution are eligible to join the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS), a guaranteed and paid one-year probationary teaching post, organised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Preference Waiver Payment Scheme

If you join the General Teaching Council’s Preference Waiver Payment Scheme - which means you agree to work in any Scottish local authority for your induction post - in return, you will receive an £8,000 payment made if you complete your Teacher Induction Scheme year in the local authority to which you were allocated.

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.

You should also hold SQA Higher English at minimum grade C or equivalent and National 5 Mathematics or Applications of Mathematics at minimum grade C or equivalent.*

Please contact the Admissions Office for a list of acceptable equivalent qualifications:

Selection involves a professional interview.

We also expect you to have experience of working with children in formal or informal settings (both employment and volunteering roles will be considered) and an ability to reflect thoughtfully on that experience. You should have some knowledge and understanding of the Scottish curriculum.

(*Revised 4 December 2019 from 'Mathematics or Applications of Mathematics at minimum grade B').

Protecting Vulnerable Groups

All successful applicants will be required to join Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme before starting the programme. In addition, all applicants who don't live in the UK, or who have spent more than a year abroad, will need to provide equivalent verification from the relevant national authority.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants are required to have SQA Higher English at grade C or above, or qualifications that are considered the equivalent by the University before commencing the programme, such as:

  • National Units - Communication (formerly Communication 4) AND

  • National Unit - Literature 1

Both are required at passes. These units are available at many colleges throughout Scotland.

OR

  • GCSE English Language AND GCSE English Literature, both passed at grade C/4 or above. NB. If you do not already hold these GCSE qualifications and intend to complete them before commencing the programme, please contact the Admissions Office.

OR

  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher English at grade C2/H4 or above

OR

  • Higher in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

For further information on accepted alternative qualifications to meet the English requirement for the PGDE (including international equivalencies), please contact the Admissions Office directly.

Find out more about our language requirements:

Tuition fee status

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.

Tuition fees

For tuition fee purposes, the PGDE is treated in the same way as an undergraduate programme.

Featured funding

STEM Teacher Education Bursary

Applications are open for a £20,000 incentive for career changers to ease the transition from paid employment into Initial Teacher Education. For eligibility and to apply, visit:

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Moray House School of Education and Sport
  • Old Moray House
  • Holyrood Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.

As this programme is for initial teacher education, it is processed by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Applications must be made through the UCAS website:

For more information on entry requirements and guidance on writing your personal statement, see our web pages on the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary):

We do not accept applications for deferred entry to this programme.

Further information

  • Moray House School of Education and Sport
  • Old Moray House
  • Holyrood Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 8AQ