Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) – Secondary

Course details




Chemistry – 2233

English – 222Y

French – X130

Mathematics – 222W

Physics – 294C

Spanish – X132

German – X132

Start Date

August 2019


Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)

About the course

Our Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Secondary course provides the formal teaching qualification for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), preparing you for a career in secondary school teaching.

Vacancies for August 2020 exist in the following subject areas:

  • PDGE (Biology with Science)
  • PGDE (Chemsitry with Science)
  • PGDE (English)
  • PGDE (French)
  • PGDE (German)
  • PGDE (Mathematics)
  • PGDE (Physics with Science)
  • PGDE (Spanish)

University-based study focuses on:

  • curriculum
  • methods of teaching and learning
  • assessment
  • theoretical and practical aspects of professional studies in education

Our course is carried out in partnership with schools in which you will spend 18 weeks on placement.

The programme is attuned to all issues and developments influencing Scottish secondary education, including the expectations of the GTCS.

Teaching qualifications are offered in the following areas. Select one or two of the following subjects, depending on your qualifications: Biology with Science; Chemistry with Science; English; French; German; Mathematics; Physics with Science; Spanish.

Closed for entry in 2020: PGDE Art & Design; Physical Education

Applications for this course are open to people currently residing in:

Scotland & EU/EEA

  • Year 1: Open

England, Wales & Northern Ireland

  • Year 1: Open

International (non-EU)

  • Year 1: Open

Entry Requirements

All applicants should hold the following:

  • an ordinary bachelor’s degree validated by a university in the UK or a degree of an equivalent standard from outside the UK
  • an English qualification of at least SCQF Level 6 (e.g. SQA Higher English or ESOL / GCSE English Literature & English Language (Grade C, or above))
  • a Mathematics qualification of at least SCQF Level 5 (e.g. SQA National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade (Credit) / GCSE Mathematics / Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level Maths (O3))

Qualifications in English & Maths may be pending when you make your application. In these circumstances, any offer of a place on the PGDE will be conditional upon achieving the necessary English & Maths qualifications.

The degree qualification must contain a minimum of 80 Scottish Credit & Qualification Framework (SCQF) credit points relevant to the teaching qualification that an applicant plans to qualify for in Secondary; at least 40 of the credit points studied at SCQF Level 8 or above (i.e. around two years full-time study in Higher Education).

Applicants are strongly advised to visit the Teaching in Scotland website for full information on what is required to become a teacher in Scotland.

An offer of a place on this programme is made on the basis of your application and successful interview.

Successful applicants who gain a place on this course will need to register on the PVG Scheme, managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. An application form will be sent from the University once you have accepted your offer. The fee for joining the scheme is £59.

Visit the Disclosure Scotland website for more information on the PVG scheme.

Clearing Guide

Clearing can sometimes feel like a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. Don’t worry though as we’re here to guide you through the process, giving you the information and advice you need.

UCAS Track

You should use UCAS Track to keep up-to-date with your Undergraduate application. Your UCAS Track account will be updated once a decision has been made on your application and you’ll be notified.

Fees & Funding

Your tuition fee status is determined by your nationality and the country where you are ordinarily resident. Find out all about undergraduate fees and funding for Scottish, UK, EU and International students, including tuition fees, student loans, and alternative sources of funding.

Contact us

If you’re not sure about anything, get in touch – we are here to help!

Whilst we may be dealing with a lot of enquiries during Results Day, our advisors will do everything they can to answer your call or email as efficiently as possible, so you shouldn’t be waiting too long.

T: 0800 027 1000 (Freephone within the UK)
T: +44 (0)141 849 4101 (outwith the UK)


We will always try to make sure that we publish accurate course information but we do not accept responsibility for any mistakes or omissions. We will also try to make sure that we deliver our courses in line with our published information. However, we may not always be able to do so and you can find further information about this in our enrolment terms and conditions.

Contact our Clearing Team today 

+44(0)141 849 4101

We’re here to answer whatever questions you may have to help make the Clearing process as simple and stress-free as possible. Lines are open between 8.45am-4.45pm Monday to Friday, with extended opening hours on the dates listed below: 

  • Tuesday 4 August – 8.30am-6pm 
  • Wednesday 5 August – 8.30am-6pm 
  • Thursday 6 August – 8.30am-6pm 
  • Friday 7th August – 8.30am-6pm 

Opening times will return to 8.45am-4.45pm from Monday 10 August. 

Our lines may be busier at certain times and we thank you for your patience in advance. Rest assured that our advisors will do everything they possibly can to answer your call as quickly as possible in order to guide you through the Clearing process.

Guide to clearing

We have put together a page to help you understand clearing and where you are on your clearing journey

If you have any questions you can email us at

Clearing 2020

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