Taught course

Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

University of Edinburgh · Teacher Education

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in the subject to be taught is preferred. This qualification should contain at least two graduating courses (80 UK credits) in the relevant subject.

You should also hold SQA Higher English at minimum grade C or equivalent and National 5 Mathematics or Applications of Mathematics at minimum grade C or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Secondary is for graduates who want to become subject-specialist teachers in the secondary sector. This programme is the Scottish route to qualified teacher status.

This is an intensive programme of study, divided equally between University-based and school-based activities.
The programme is designed to prepare you for the range of roles that teachers are expected to play:
  • A competent, reflective classroom practitioner
  • A collaborator who contributes to the wider informal curriculum of the school
  • A subject specialist and a curriculum developer
  • A teacher in society, whether building strong relationships with parents or contributing to national policy debates
We currently offer our secondary programme in the following subjects:
  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages (Chinese, French, German)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)131 650 3565