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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year

  • Course Type

    PGCE, Other

  • Course Fees

    In 2018/19 Scottish and EU £1820, Rest of UK £9000

This course will prepare you for life as a secondary teacher, with the skills and knowledge to influence the lives of the young people you teach.

The course is offered in partnership between Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Moray and Orkney councils, each working with the university through their local college.

The PGDE (Secondary) consists of 18 weeks study at the university plus 19 weeks in professional practice in schools.

For 2017 entry places are available in the following subjects

Argyll College UHI with Argyll and Bute Council – business studies, chemistry and science, home economics, mathematics, physics and science, technical education
Inverness College UHI with Highland Council – chemistry and science, home economics, mathematics, physics and science
Lews Castle College UHI with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar – chemistry and science, Gaelic, mathematics, physics and science, technical education
Moray College UHI with Moray Council – chemistry and science, home economics, physics and science, technical education
Orkney College UHI with Orkney Islands Council – chemistry and science, mathematics
Shetland College UHI with Shetland Islands Council – business studies, home economics, technical education
[The programmes offered in Argyll, Inverness and Shetland are subject to approval]

Please indicate in your personal statement which subject/s you are applying for.

Special features

• Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
• Opportunity to undertake secondary education programme in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Moray and Orkney
• The programme is offered in conjunction with an induction year place with the local authority
• Input from experienced teachers within local authority schools throughout the programme

Taught Modules

The critical and enquiring professional
Children, Young People and their curriculum
Children, Young People and their learning
Professional practice

Plus professional practice in the relevant partner local authority

Please note

There are subject specific entry guidelines for secondary teaching stipulated by GTC Scotland. These are available from the GTC Scotland website: Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Programmes of Initial Teacher Education in Scotland, 2013


From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

See Scholarships tab below for full details

Top reasons to study at UHI

Do something different: our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum which often reflects the unique environment and culture of our region and closely links to vocational skills required by a range of sectors.
Choice of campuses – we have campuses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Each campus is different from rich cultural life of the islands; the spectacular coasts and mountains; to the bright lights of our city locations.
Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the ‘visit website’ button below which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select the Apply tab to complete our online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links beow or call on 0845 272 3600.

International Students

If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities, and cities buzzing with social life and activities, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. We have campuses across the region each one with its own special characteristics from the rich cultural life of the islands to the bright city lights of Perth and Inverness. Some courses are available in one location only, for others you will have a choice; we also have courses that can be studied online from your own home country. .

English Language Requirements

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page

Visit the Secondary Teaching (English Medium) page on the University of the Highlands and Islands website for more details!





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