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Secondary Education (PGDE)

Course Description

With a strong practical bias, this programme 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.

About the programme

This programme is carried out in partnership with schools in which you will spend 18 weeks on placement. University-based study focuses on curriculum, methods of teaching and learning, and assessment, alongside theoretical and practical aspects of professional studies in education.

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 and Design; Biology with Science; Chemistry with Science; English; Mathematics; Modern Languages; Physical Education; and Physics with Science.

Applicants are strongly advised to visit the Teaching in Scotland website http://www.teachinscotland.org for full information on what is required to become a teacher in Scotland. For further information, contact our Course Enquiries Team.

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

Your learning

The programme 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 Masters 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 Masters level.

Our Careers Adviser says

Most UWS graduates remain in mainstream teaching in the UK or abroad. Others work with children with additional learning support needs, in adult training; educational aspects of charities, science centres, the commercial sector, the public sector, and social services.

Professional recognition

Graduates receive the formal teaching qualification necessary for provisional registration with the GTCS, a requirement for entry into the guaranteed one-year Teacher Induction Scheme.

Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG)

Successful applicants who gain a place on this programme will need to register on the PVG Scheme, managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland, see http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk

Financial support

PGDE courses are funded in the same way as undergraduate courses. You can apply to SAAS to have tuition fees paid. Eligibility conditions apply; check http://www.saas.gov.uk for details.

First-class facilities

You’ll have access to a wide range of technology to facilitate your learning. Our libraries are stocked with a vast range of specialist resources to help you in your studies, and you’ll also have access to our extensive electronic library collection (including e-books and academic journals) and the virtual learning environment, Moodle.

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

(Student Profile)

David Alexander

I liked the structure of the programme and the split between academic and practical experience. Both the administration and teaching staff I spoke to – even prior to starting my programme – were all friendly, helpful and approachable and were always willing to go the extra mile for the students.


Entry Requirements

All applicants should hold a degree validated by a university in the UK, or a degree of an equivalent standard from outside the UK and an English qualification of at least SCQF Level 6 and Mathematics of at least SCQF Level 5.The degree qualification must contain at least 80 credits relevant to the teaching qualification that an applicant plans to qualify for in Secondary, with at least 40 of the credits studied at Level 8 or above.The UCAS application process will commence in September 2015 for entry in August 2016.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students: £3,400, Rest of UK Students: £3,400, International Students £11,000

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