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.
Applicants should also hold SQA Higher English at minimum grade C or equivalent and National 5 Maths at minimum grade B or equivalent.
Please contact us for a list of acceptable equivalent qualifications:
We also expect you to have experience of working with children in formal or informal settings (both employment and volunteering roles will be considered) and an ability to reflect thoughtfully on that experience. You should have some knowledge and understanding of the Scottish curriculum.
Selection involves a professional interview.
All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.
Protecting Vulnerable Groups
All successful applicants will be required to join Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme before starting the programme. In addition, all applicants who don't live in the UK, or who have spent more than a year abroad, will need to provide equivalent verification from the relevant national authority.
Months of entry
This Professional Graduate Diploma in Education is for graduates wishing to enter the teaching profession in Scotland at secondary level.
The one-year programme is the Scottish route to qualified teacher status. We aim 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 curriculum developer; and a teacher in society, whether building strong relationships with parents or contributing to national policy debates.
The 36-week secondary programme is 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
- design and technology
- modern foreign languages (Chinese, French, German)
- physical education
Information for international students
To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit our website.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- PGDE Admissions
- +44 (0)131 650 3565