Postgraduate taught 

Education (Secondary) PGDE

Male teacher in a classroom

This is a Masters-level qualification in teacher education.

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE): 10 months full-time :

    Applications to PGDE must be made through UCAS

Why this programme

  • If you are 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.
  • The programme consists of 18 weeks of study in the University and 18 weeks of school experience in our partner schools
  • As well as offering courses in educational and curricular issues, the programme also highlights the importance of practitioner enquiry. This systematic reflection on teaching in the classroom gives the programme its distinctive Masters character.

Programme structure

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

We also offer the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate in Religious Education.

Secondary teaching qualifications are offered in the following subjects:

  • Art and design
  • Biology
  • Business education
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern languages (French, French with Spanish, French with Italian, French with German, Spanish with French)
  • Modern studies
  • Physics
  • Religious education.

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

GTC Qualification

You will have the General Teaching Council (GTC) for Scotland qualification to pursue teaching roles in schools. Many of our graduates are teaching not only in Scotland’s primary and secondary schools, but throughout the UK and further abroad.

Professional Practice with PGDE, MEd 

On successful completion of your PGDE you will have the opportunity to transfer your 90 Masters-level credits from your PGDE into this programme.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Teachers

The School of Education also provides an extensive range of CPD opportunities for teachers and others involved in education. Our CPD is designed to be as flexible as possible, including daytime, twilight, weekend and vacation modes, and ranging from one-off courses to full programmes.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2021-22

PGDE

International & EU

  • Full-time fee: £19350

Scottish fees - £1820; Rest of UK fees - £9,250

Additional fees

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

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only

Entry requirements

Academic entry

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

  • Degree: An undergraduate degree 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. The degree should contain 80 SCQF credit points overall in the subject which you intend to teach, of which 40 must be at Year 2 level or above (see subject specific requirements below). Graduates will be allowed to top-up the number of SQCF credits by a maximum of 30 credits which must be obtained before entering a the PGDE programme.
  • 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 link below.

List of acceptable alternative qualifications in English and Maths for PGDE.

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.

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 talk about 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 young people should also be noted with preference given to those with recent experience shadowing a high school class in the subject they wish to teach. Applicants may also discuss their interest in the subject they wish to teach.

Interview

Interviews will be held from December and invitations will be updated on UCAS track where applicants can accept, decline or request a reschedule.  Reschedules are not guaranteed due to the number of suitable applicants available to attend. A communication will be sent out shortly after the UCAS invitation is received and will contain details of the interview structure.

Catholic Teacher's Certificate

The Scottish Government expects the School of Education to provide numbers of teachers to teach in Catholic schools in Scotland. This particular programme provides support for, and emphasis on, the initial teacher education of those who intend to teach in Catholic schools. The design of the programme necessarily reflects the denominational sector requirements and prospective applicants should consider this before applying. The School welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. In the selection procedures for interview, priority is given to those who meet the entry requirements and who indicated in their personal statement, their intention to teach in Catholic schools and to seek the Catholic Teacher's Certificate in Religious Education.

Further detail available from the Scottish Catholic Education Service

Subject specific requirements

The degree requirements for the PGDE Secondary Education are based on SCQF credits – this is because credits are standard across all Scottish universities. A credit point is a measure of the amount of learning you have done. You will find your completed modules and the number of credits awarded for each module on your degree transcript. Please assess this to check if you have the desired number of credits in the correct subjects and at the correct SCQF level before you apply for the PGDE Secondary Education programme.

It is worth noting that 10 SCQF credits = 5 ECTS credits

The degree should contain 80 SCQF credit points overall in the subject which you intend to teach, of which 40 must be at Year 2 level or above. Please note that due to the high demand for places there is no guarantee that meeting the minimum academic qualifications will ensure an invite to interview or an offer of a place.

Priority will be  given to those with a 2:1 honours degree and the highest number of related credits.

Art & Design

A degree with 80 SCQF credit points, 40 of these credit points must be at Year 2 Level. The 80 SCQF credit points should cover a range of courses in both Fine (or contemporary) Art and Design and come from a range of the following practical subjects: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Textiles, Photography or Environmental Art.

Biology

A degree with 80 SCQF credit points, 40 of these credit points must be at Year 2 Level. The 80 credit points should cover a range of courses from Animal Biology, Biochemistry, Human Biology or Biomolecular Sciences.

Business Education

A contemporary* Business related degree with 80 SCQF credit points, 40 of these SCQF credit points must be at Year 2 Level. Your degree must have at least 20 credits in each of the following subjects: Accounting, Economics and Business Management. For each area you need to have covered the following detailed content: Economics - macro and micro economics theory. Accounting – financial accounting, management accounting and double entry book-keeping. Business Management - Marketing, Human Resources, Management Theory.

Applicants must  also provide evidence of Information Technology skills - Databases, Spreadsheets, Office IT. This can be from relevant degree/HNC/HND credits, Scottish Higher Administration and IT at grade B, a PDA Information Technology in Business or a completed ECDL qualification. 

* graduated within the last 20 years

Chemistry

A degree with 80 SCQF credit points, 40 of these SCQF credit points must be at Year 2 Level. The 80 credit points should cover a range of courses from organic, physical and inorganic chemistry.

Computing

A degree with at least 80 SCQF credit points, 40 of these credit points must be at Year 2 Level. The 80 credit points should be from at least two of the following: Computer Systems, Software Development, Databases or Information Systems. You will also need 40 SCQF credits in a computing subject relevant to the Computing curriculum taught in Scottish schools.

English

A degree with at least 80 SCQF credit points, 40 of these credit points must be at Year 2 Level. At least 40 of these credit points must be in English or Scottish Literature. A maximum of 20 SCQF credit points in Media Studies will be accepted.

Geography

A degree with at least 80 SCQF credit points, 40 of these credit points must be at Year 2 Level. The 80 credit points should cover a range of courses from Physical Geography, Human Geography and Environmental Geography.

History

A 2.2 Honours degree or above with at least 80 SCQF credit points, 40 of these credit points must be at Year 2 Level. The 80 credit points should be in British History, Scottish History, European History and World History. A maximum of 40 SCQF credits points in Ancient History will be accepted.

Mathematics

A degree with at least 80 SCQF credit points, 40 of these credit points must be at Year 2 Level. The 80 credit points should be in maths related modules such as Algebra, Analysis, Calculus, Geometry, Statistics, Differential Equations or Probability.

Modern Foreign Languages

1. Entry requirements for first language

  • a degree with at least 80 SCQF credit points in the first language you want to teach
  • before starting the course, you must have lived for six months in a country where the language is spoken
  • you will have to prove to the University that you are competent at speaking the language

The scope of your language degree must allow you to contribute to wider programmes of study in schools – such as literature, cultural studies, area studies or languages in work.

While you lived abroad, you must have taken full part in the language and culture of the country. You must normally have lived in the country for blocks of at least three months. So if you have spent one of your study years abroad, you will be fine.

2. Entry requirements for second languages

  • a degree with at least 80 SCQF credit points in the second language you want to teach
  • before starting the course, you must have lived for at least three months in a country where the language is spoken
  • you will have to prove to the university that you are competent at speaking the language

Of course, you will also meet all the requirements for your first foreign language.

The scope of your language degree must allow you to contribute to wider programmes of study in schools – such as literature, cultural studies, area studies or languages in work.

While living abroad the applicant must have fully taken part in the language and culture of the relevant country. The period of three months must either be consecutive or in blocks of at least four weeks.

While you lived abroad you must have taken full part in the language and culture of the relevant country. The period of three months must either be consecutive or in block of at least four weeks.

If you have any questions about the registration and residency requirements for second languages, get in touch with the GTCS.

3. Native speakers of a modern foreign language

If you are a native speaker of a modern foreign language and you have a degree in your own language, you may be qualified to train to teach that language. Your degree must meet the requirements outlined above (entry requirements for first language).

If you are a native speaker and have a degree in an additional language which meets these requirements, you may train to teach that language as well as your mother tongue. For example, a French student with a degree in German can train to teach German and French.

Modern Studies

A 2.2 Honours degree or above with at least 80 SCQF credit points, 40 of these credit points must be at Year 2 Level. The 80 credit points should be from two separate subjects from the list below. At least 40 SCQF credit points must be from either Politics or Sociology.

  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History or Economic History
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Social Policy

Physics

A degree with at least 80 SCQF credit points, 40 of these credit points must be at Year 2 Level. The 80 credit points should be from a range of the following subjects: Electricity and Magnetism, Electronics, Optics, Mechanics, Dynamics, Nuclear and Atomic Physics.

Religious Education

A degree with at least 80 SCQF credit points, 40 of these credit points must be at Year 2 Level. The 80 credits points should come from two or more of the areas listed below:

  • Religious Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Theology
  • Divinity
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Psychology of Religion

Applicants wishing specifically to teach Religious Education in Catholic schools must have an undergraduate degree with at least 80 SCQF credit points in:

  • Religious Studies
  • Theology
  • Divinity

which may include a maximum of 20 credit points in Philosophy related to religion.

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.

A bachelor degree from a UK university or equivalent. A pass in Higher English or equivalent. A pass in Intermediate 2/Credit Mathematics or equivalent. For secondary education, the degree should contain 80 credit points relevant to the subject chosen, 40 of which at Year 2 or above. Some work experience in a school classroom is also required.

The Scottish Government expects the School of Education to provide numbers of teachers to teach in Catholic schools in Scotland. This particular programme provides support for, and emphasis on, the initial teacher education of those who intend to teach in Catholic schools. The design of the programme necessarily reflects the denominational sector requirements and prospective applicants should consider this before applying. The School welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. In the selection procedures for interview, priority is given to those who indicated, in their personal statement, their intention to teach in Catholic schools and to seek the Catholic Teacher's Certificate in Religious Education.

English language requirements

Important information for entry in Autumn 2020 and January 2021

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)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

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 an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test 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:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form


 

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

Programmes starting August 2020

We are no longer accepting applications for 2020 entry.

Programmes starting August 2021

Whilst the PGDE programmes are only open to postgraduate students, unlike all other postgraduate degrees, all PGDE applications must be made online through the UCAS website.

Apply online at www.ucas.com

Most PGDE Secondary subjects remain open after the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2021. When a programme is closed, the list below will be updated to show this.

International applicants can apply for all courses up until 30 June.

The University of Glasgow UCAS codes (required for online UCAS application) are as follows:

  • PGDE Education (Secondary): Art & Design: W1X1
  • PGDE Education (Secondary): Biology: C1X1
  • PGDE Education (Secondary): Business Education: N1X1
  • PGDE Education (Secondary): Chemistry: F1X1
  • PGDE Education (Secondary): Computing: G5X1
  • PGDE Education (Secondary): English: Q3X1
  • PGDE Education (Secondary): French: R1X1
  • PGDE Education (Secondary): French with German: RX11
  • PGDE Education (Secondary): French with Italian: RX1C
  • PGDE Education (Secondary): French with Spanish: RXD1
  • PGDE Education (Secondary): Geography: F8X1
  • PGDE Education (Secondary): History: V1X1
  • PGDE Education (Secondary): Mathematics: G1X1
  • PGDE Education (Secondary): Modern Studies V9X1
  • PGDE Education (Secondary): Physics: F3X1
  • PGDE Education (Secondary): Religious Studies: V6X1
  • PGDE Education (Secondary): Spanish with French: RX41

Please note that degree level 'Undergraduate' must be selected, in order to locate the PGDE programmes on UCAS.

To allow us to determine if you have sufficient credits within your degree to meet the specific subject requirements, you are required to email a copy of the transcript record for all degree level studies to education-admissions@glasgow.ac.uk.

If your application is successful you will be invited for interview. If you would like further information, please send your enquiry to: education-admissions@glasgow.ac.uk.

For the PGDE Secondary programmes, the University does not normally permit deferral of entry to a later term/year. However, you may request a deferral of entry, where unforeseen and unforeseeable circumstances will prevent you from taking up your offer. Please email your request to: education-admissions@glasgow.ac.uk.

More information about this programme