Taught course

Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

University of Edinburgh · The Moray House of School of Education

Entry requirements

A UK university degree, 2:1 preferred, or its international equivalent, plus SQA Higher Grades at levels A, B or C (or equivalent) in English and SQA Standard Grades level 1 or 2 (or equivalent) in Mathematics is required. Applicants are also expected to have experience of working with children in an employment or volunteering capacity and an ability to reflect thoughtfully on that experience. Evidence of sustained personal interests relevant to the primary school curriculum is desirable. As initial teacher training, this programme is processed by the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Selection will involve a professional interview. Applications must be made through the Graduate Teacher Training Registry.

Months of entry


Course content

This 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 curriculum developer; and a teacher in society, whether building strong relationships with parents or contributing to national policy debates.

For graduates wishing to enter the teaching profession in Scotland at secondary level, we offer the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education.

The one-year programme is the Scottish route to qualified teacher status. We aim to produce successful, reflective teachers, sensitive to the demands of pupils, responsive to changes within the education system and committed to their own continuing professional development.

We currently offer our secondary programme in the following subjects:

  • art and design
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • drama
  • English
  • geography
  • history
  • mathematics
  • modern foreign languages (Chinese, French, German)
  • music
  • physical education
  • physics
  • technological education

Fees and funding

Visit our Scholarships and Student Finance Office at http://www.scholarships.ed.ac.uk/ for information about funding opportunities.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

PGDE Admissions
+44 (0) 131 651 3147