Taught course

Education (Secondary)

University of Glasgow · School of Education

Entry requirements

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 the PGDE programme. You must upload a copy of your degree transcript to your application via Applicant Self Service to evidence that you meet the credit requirement for your chosen subject. If you do not provide this your application may be rejected as incomplete.

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.

Months of entry


Course content

If you are thinking about saying ‘yes’ to making a difference by becoming a teacher, this Masters-level (postgraduate) qualification is the first step on your journey. Successful completion of the postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) at the University of Glasgow will take you to the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s Standard for Provisional Registration. If you are from Scotland, other parts of the UK or the Republic of Ireland, or are in some categories of EU status, you are then eligible to enter the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS). The TIS guarantees a one-year teaching post through which you can achieve GTCS Standard for Full Registration. The GTCS Flexible Route is also open to you.


The PGDE Secondary provides a route to achieve the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) Standard for Provision Registration, for graduates whose qualifications satisfy the requirements for entry into the teaching profession in Scotland.

The School of Education’s programme closely integrates 18 weeks of on-campus learning with 18 weeks of school experience, where you will have the opportunity to develop as engaged, reflective, empowered and enquiring beginning teacher, sensitive to the demands of children and young people and the profession, responsive to a changing education system and committed to research-informed professional learning throughout your career.

Each element of our PGDE programme, whether University-based or school-based, encourages a research-informed approach, aligning with the criteria articulated in the GTCS Standard for Provisional Registration and the University of Glasgow’s graduate attributes. The programme promotes and upholds values and dispositions consonant with the broad, social purposes of education. It is research-led with a focus on social justice, challenging you to examine your values and beliefs about what it means to be a socially-just and inclusive teacher in a modern, diverse Scotland.

Catholic Teacher’s Certificate

In agreement with the Scottish Government, the School of Education, through the St Andrew’s Foundation, provides for the preparation of students to teach in Catholic Schools in Scotland. If you are eligible to do so, you may also study for the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate in Religious Education alongside your PGDE qualification.

Information for international students

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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