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 between Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Moray and Orkney and Shetland 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.

The university is currently in discussion with the local authorities regarding places and subjects available for 2017/18 entry. Applications will open in November 2016.

Special features

  • Opportunity to undertake secondary education programme in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Moray, Orkney and Shetland (subject to approval)
  • 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

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 Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Moray and Orkney

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 through the UHI 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

The university is currently in discussion with the local authorities regarding places available for 2017 entry. Applications will open on the university website in November 2016.

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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