Secondary Teaching (English medium) PGDE

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What is special about this course?

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 with Argyll and Bute, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Highland, Moray, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands councils, each working with the university through their local campus.

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

For 2017 entry the following subjects are being offered at each campus:

  • 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]

Special features

  • Opportunity to undertake secondary education programme in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland
  • The programme is designed to lead directly into an induction year with the partner local authority

Further information about studying on our PGDE programmes.

Entry requirements

  • A relevant degree at undergraduate level or above, preference will be given to those possessing a degree at honours level, though consideration will also be given to those holding ordinary degrees. Plus
  • Higher Grade English at Grade C or above and
  • National 5 Mathematics (or equivalent)
  • 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
  • Relevant experience already gained and given expression in the applicant's accompanying personal statement will be taken into consideration.
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course


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.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • For the taught element of the course, you will study through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures, and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • The practical element takes place in school

How long will my course last?

  • Full Time: one year

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • August

How much will my course cost?

The following fees apply to our PGDE for 2016-17:

Scottish and EU Rest of UK
PGDE £1,820 £8,000

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying. Students who are resident and studying in Scotland can apply for their fees to be paid by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). SAAS will determine eligibility.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will be offered an induction year post in the local authority where you completed the programme.

Can I progress into further study?

The PGDE Secondary programme links directly to the MEd Critical Enquiry in Education which offers a structured programme to support professional learning throughout your teaching career.

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Secondary Teaching (English medium) PGDE

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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