Secondary Teaching (English medium) PGDE

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:

  • Business studies
  • Chemistry and science (Closed, 2017 places now filled)
  • Home economics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics and science
  • Technical education

Please apply through the UCAS undergraduate link (with institution code H49) to one of the following campuses, stating in your personal statement which subject you would like to apply for:

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI (Closed, 2017 places now filled)
  • Shetland College UHI

Special features

  • Opportunity to undertake secondary education programme in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland
  • Linked local authorities plan to offer students an induction year within their schools, following successful completion of the course

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

How much will my course cost?

For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.

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

You must apply through the main UCAS scheme using UHI code H49 for this programme.The application deadline for the PGDE Secondary English Medium is Monday 19th of June at 9am. UCAS re-opens in September for 2018-19 applications.

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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