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    Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    Part Time (structured): 2 years

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  • Course Fees

    2018-19 Scottish online: Per module (20 credits): £560; Postgraduate diploma (120 credits): £3,360

  • Last Updated

    14 March 2018

Course content

What is special about this course?

The PgDip TQPR is specifically for teachers working in Independent Schools in Scotland who currently do not possess a formal teaching qualification and are therefore not eligible for Full Registration with the General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS). The programme has been co-designed with the Scottish Council for Independent Schools (SCIS) to offer a contextualised route for teaching staff in Independent Schools in Scotland, to enable them to achieve a GTCS-accredited Initial Teacher Education award, which meets the conditions outlined by GTCS in response to their application for Full Registration. 

This new programme is contemporary in structure and aims to develop and enhance classroom practice while equipping participants with an enquiring stance in education. It promotes collaborative engagement and enables participants to engage in relevant, professional learning over 2 years on a part-time, on-line basis which takes cognisance of the current and future demands on those in the teaching profession.

Special features



You will complete two modules in the first year:

Teacher Professionalism (20 credits):

This module infrastructure mirrors a critically reflective approach to developing as a teaching professional and is designed to underpin engagement with the subsequent modules, as the first stage in a sequential professional learning pathway to achieving the Standard for Full Registration ('SFR') (GTCS, 2012). Through dialogic engagement with models and contextualised examples of professionalism, you will be empowered to connect you own emerging identity as a 21st Century teaching professional, with your aspirations for professional learning and enhanced practice, as agents of professional change.

Curriculum and Pedagogy (20 credits):

This module aims to provide a framework to enable you to reflect critically on your current practice and future professional development. You will be encouraged to investigate the nature of curriculum and consider theoretical models of 21st Century education, while concurrently developing digital literacy skills as a platform for critical engagement in classroom and professional learning. Ultimately, you will consider implications for your future practice in light of a deeper understanding of effective and collegiate current learning and teaching practices.


In the second year of the programme, you will complete a further two modules:

Policy into Practice (20 credits):

This module builds on the articulation of a professional identity, and the aspirations for enhanced 21st Century professional practice framed in Year one of the programme as a pathway to contextualising practice. You will familiarise youself with a range of national policy documentation and related stimuli exemplars of current SCIS guidelines. You will be guided to critically reflect on how individual and school practice in the Independent Sector is informed by current Scottish policy priorities and legislative requirements. You will explore the relationship between policy and practice as it is manifested in real terms in your school, with your pupils, to frame a justification for your own professional actions.

Evidencing the Standard for Full Registration (GTCS, 2012) (60 credits):

This module will support you to reflect on the professional learning undertaken in the first three modules and align it with the Standard for Full Registration (GTCS, 2012). It adopts an enquiry framework, extending the small-scale project-based experience in the Curriculum and Pedagogy module, to synthesise evidence from practice, school contexts and professional communities as the means to establish and resource a trajectory for career-long professional learning.


Visit the Teaching Qualification (Practitioner Route) PGDip page on the University of the Highlands and Islands website for more details!




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