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    Full time available

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  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    £1,820 per year of study

    £9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

    £9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

    £10,600 per year of study

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.

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 qualifications: Art & Design; Biology with Science; Chemistry with Science; English; French; German; Mathematics; Physical Education; Physics with Science; Spanish.

Placement Opportunities

Eighteen weeks are spent on school experience placements in at least two schools; a two week introductory placement followed by five weeks in the same school; then six weeks in a second school and a final five week placement in the second school.

The School of Education

The School of Education at UWS is recognised as one of the most innovative providers of education degrees in the UK. From early years to adult education, students gain rich experience from our innovative courses and graduate with unrivalled career prospects.

Our research informs our teaching courses, influences policy and contributes to wider research networks across the world. Our work into the nature and causes of youth violence, crime and gang culture has had an international impact.


We have compilied a set of answers to FAQs relating to PGDE Secondary which you can download now in pdf format.

UWS & Education: 2018 League Tables

  • Education at UWS was ranked 4th in the UK & 1st in Scotland for teaching quality and student experience in the Times Good University Guide 2018*
  • Education at UWS was ranked 4th in the UK & 1st in Scotland for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2018*
  • Education at UWS was ranked 13th in the UK & 1st in Scotland for satisfaction with the course, teaching and assessment & feedback in the Guardian University Guide 2018*

* this ranking was achieved for our undergraduate course in initial teacher training

Course Details

Teaching qualifications are offered in the following areas*. You will select one or two of the following subjects, depending on qualifications:

  • Art & Design
  • Biology with Science
  • Chemistry with Science
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Physics with Science
  • Spanish

Our course currently consists of three compulsory modules, one of which is taught in conjunction with PGDE (Primary) and is offered at both SCQF levels 10 and 11, giving the option of 40 credits of internationally-recognised Master's level study. You will develop an understanding of the curriculum and a range of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment in your chosen subject discipline(s).

You can also undertake an additional 20-credit module at Master's level.

* The University reserves the right to withdraw certain subjects, depending on the quotas set by the Scottish Funding Council.

Teaching & Assessment

Each module incorporates a variety of teaching and learning methods. You will be taught through a combination of

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • workshops

Our Secondary Education course is mainly assessed using a variety of assessment methods including:

  • written assignments
  • coursework
  • practical assessment

Academic Requirements

The degree qualification must contain a minimum of 80 credit points relevant to the teaching qualification that an applicant plans to qualify for in Secondary, with at least 40 of the credit points studied at 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.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Visit the Secondary Education - PGDE page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!






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