Postgraduate taught 

Education (Secondary STEM Subjects) (Dumfries Campus) PGDE

Teacher with pupils in science classroom

Building upon your subject expertise in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, this GTCS-accredited qualification combines classroom learning with comprehensive placements throughout Dumfries & Galloway to help you develop a career in STEM teaching within secondary schools.

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE): 12 months full-time; 16 months part‑time
  • Applications to PGDE must be made through UCAS

Why this programme

  • This programme is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), giving you the qualification to pursue teaching roles in schools across the UK.
  • With full-time and part-time study and placement options, this programme offers students a flexible model of learning.
  • As an aspiring teacher, this programme will provide you with the knowledge, skills and values you need to become the committed professional necessary for today’s schools.
  • Building on your subject-specific knowledge, you will be supported to develop creative ways to enthuse and educate young people.
  • With an emphasis on reflective practice linked to professional standards, you will develop skills to become a reflective practitioner in the classroom.
  • This programme offers the opportunity for dual qualification in two STEM subjects (dependent upon graduate qualifications).

Programme structure

The PGDE STEM subjects programme offers students a flexible model of learning through either a full time or a part time pathway.

  • The full-time PGDE is a one year programme, incorporating two blocks of school experience placements.
  • The part-time PGDE is a 16-month programme, incorporating three blocks of school experience placements.

During school experience placements, students are required to be in school in blocks of placement following a full-time schedule (five days a week) or a part-time schedule (three days a week).

The programme offers a wide range of courses in both single and dual qualification routes:

  1. Single qualification route: one main subject qualification
  2. Dual qualification route: registration in two subjects (subject to minimum entry requirements and discussion at interview on a case-by-case basis). This route includes an additional four-week School Placement in the second subject.

Single qualifcation route

Dual qualification route

Biology with Science

Physics with Science

Chemistry with Science

Mathematics

Computing Science

Physics and Maths

Chemistry and Maths

Biology and Maths

Computing Science and Maths

Computing Science and Physics

Core courses

The programme will prepare you to meet the demands of the profession through the following areas of study:

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies has been in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway Council since 2008 and many of our graduating MA Primary Education and PGDE Education teachers find employment in the region.

To address the shortage of STEM teachers in secondary schools, not just in D&G but across Scotland, the PGDE Secondary Education in STEM Subjects has been developed as an innovative and flexible Initial Teacher Education programme to attract STEM career-changers as well as those graduating in a traditional STEM subject. 

GTCS Qualification

On successful completion you will be awarded the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) teaching qualification to pursue teaching roles in schools.

Professional Practice with PGDE (MEd)

On successful completion of your PGDE you will have the opportunity to transfer the 90 Masters-level credits from your PGDE into this programme. For further information, please see:

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2022-23

PGDE

Scotland

  • Full-time fee: £1,820

Rest of UK

  • Full-time fee: £9,250

EU/International

  • Full-time fee: £20,400

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

Entry requirements

The programme is aimed at graduates with relevant subject content in their academic study, who have demonstrated an interest in teaching children through a range of experiences in both formal and informal settings. 

The programme is suited to candidates with a STEM degree but with a wide range of background experiences: some will be recent graduates choosing to teach as their initial career; some will be working in a STEM / non-STEM industry and want to change careers; some are primary trained teachers who want to teach in the secondary phase but would like a structured programme to enhance their skills; some are bringing up young families and want to pursue a career that allows flexibility 

Academic entry 

The minimum academic entry requirements for admission to a teaching qualification are: 

  • Degree: An undergraduate degree in a recognised STEM subject. This must be validated by a higher education institution in the United Kingdom or an undergraduate degree of an equivalent standard from a higher education institution outside the United Kingdom. All degree classifications are considered, however, priority is given to candidates with a 1st or 2:1 honours degree or experience of working with young people. 
  • English: National Qualifications in English at SCQF Level 6 (for example, Higher Grade) or an accepted alternative from the list below. 
  • Mathematics: National Qualifications in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5 (for example, National 5, Standard Grade or Intermediate 2) or an accepted alternative from the list below. 

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must have achieved their English and Maths qualifications PRIOR to application. Applicants who apply with a pending English or Maths qualification will be rejected. Pending degree qualifications are considered.

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Accepted alternative qualifications in English and Mathematics

Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Secondary: English and Mathematics entry requirements

English

  • Scottish Higher English at Grade C or above

Accepted alternative qualifications in English

  • Advanced Higher English at Grade C
  • A Level English at Grade C
  • GCSE/IGCSE English Language AND English Literature at Grade C / 4 (both qualifications must be achieved)
  • International Baccalaureate English at HL 4 / SL 6
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher English at Grade C2 / H4
  • SQA National Units at Higher Level in both Communication (NC) and Literature 1
  • SCQF Level 6 Online English Access Course offered by the University of Aberdeen
  • University level modules (SCQF level 7 or above) that cover sufficient English Literature content.
  • English of an equivalent academic standard from outside the UK - Study must have an English Literature element. We use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) to assess the equivalency of overseas qualifications.

All applicants must have achieved a MINIMUM of Scottish Higher English at Grade C or accepted alternative PRIOR to their application being considered.

Maths

  • National 5 Maths (or Lifeskills Maths) at Grade C or above

Accepted alternative qualifications in Mathematics

  • Intermediate Level 2 Mathematics at Grade C
  • Standard Grade Credit Mathematics at Grade 2
  • O Grade Mathematics at Grade A
  • Scottish Higher or Advanced Higher Mathematics at Grade C
  • A Level Mathematics at Grade C
  • GCSE/IGCSE Mathematics at Grade C / 4
  • International Baccalaureate Maths at HL 3 / SL 4
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Mathematics at Grade C3 / H5
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Mathematics at Grade B3 / O3
  • SCQF Level 5 or 6 Online Mathematics Access Course offered by the University of Aberdeen at Grade C
  • Open University MU123 Discovering Mathematics – credits 30
  • SQA National Units in BOTH Core Mathematics 4 (D11V) and Mathematics: Analysis/Algebra 1 (D11W)
  • University level modules (SCQF level 7 or above) that cover sufficient Maths content
  • Maths of an equivalent academic standard from outside the UK - We will always use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) to assess the equivalency of overseas qualifications.

All applicants must have achieved a MINIMUM of National 5 Mathematics (or Lifeskills Mathematics) Grade C or accepted alternative PRIOR to their application being considered.

Priority will be given to applicants who have exceeded the minimum requirements and in particular to applicants who have attained English at Higher Grade B (or above) and Higher Grade C (or above) in Mathematics. 

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The minimum academic requirements are set by the GTCS General Teaching Council for Scotland. Further info at: Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Programmes of Initial Teacher Education in Scotland September 2019 

Evidence of completed qualifications 

At the point of submitting your application, you must have listed all your qualifications at that time, including High School Maths and English on the UCAS application form. If you have omitted any qualifications, there may be a delay in processing your application. We do allow 7 days from submitting your application for you to forward missing documents by email to dumfries-admissions@glasgow.ac.uk 

Personal Statement, Experience and Reference 

Applicants who meet or have the potential to meet the academic entry requirements will be considered for a place on the programme and their personal statement and reference will be reviewed. 

Applicants should use the personal statement to demonstrate their suitability to join the teaching profession and to highlight their interests and wider achievements and the extent to which they match the skills and attributes desirable in a teacher. The GTCS advise that applicants should show that they have the capacity to meet the Standard for Provisional Registration which specifies what is expected of a student teacher at the end of Initial Teacher Education. 

Relevant experience with children should also be noted with preference given to those with recent experience of working with children and young people. 

Interview 

Interviews will be held from December and invitations will be updated on UCAS where applicants can accept, decline or request a reschedule.  A communication will be sent out shortly after the UCAS invitation is received and will contain details of the interview structure. Please note that we will be unable to provide feedback to applicants who are unsuccessful at interview stage. 

Disclosure Scotland 

If you are accepted to the PGDE you must undertake a criminal conviction check prior to enrolment. It is your responsibility to pay for the check. 

Fitness to practise 

Where a programme of study requires the student to act in the course of practical training in a quasi-professional role in relation to patients, children, clients or service-users or where the qualification provides a direct licence to practise, the University has a duty to ensure that the student is fit to practise.

Fitness to Practise is assessed not only in terms of academic attainment but also in accordance with relevant professional standards and expectations. Students registered to study on initial teacher education degrees are subject to separate Fitness to Practise procedures. A copy of the Faculty Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise will be made available to students on the PGDE programme. 

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ibt, my best or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic or home)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 

  • 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months, combined scores from 2 tests sat within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for 2 years following date of successful completion.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept UKVI approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) but we do not require a specific UKVI SELT for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.

How to apply

For entry in August 2022