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Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) - PGDE


Course Description

This Professional Graduate Diploma in Education is for graduates wishing to enter the teaching profession in Scotland at secondary level.

The one-year programme is the Scottish route to qualified teacher status. We aim 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 curriculum developer; and a teacher in society, whether building strong relationships with parents or contributing to national policy debates.

The 36-week secondary programme is 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
  • mathematics
  • modern foreign languages (Chinese, French, German)
  • music
  • physical education
  • physics

Programme structure

This 36-week 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. School activities will include observation and analysis of teaching and learning, through to developing and implementing your own teaching practice.


Visit the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) - PGDE page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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.

Applicants should also hold SQA Higher English at minimum grade C or equivalent and National 5 Maths at minimum grade B or equivalent.

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