Taught course

Secondary Teaching

University of the Highlands and Islands · Arts, Humanities and Business

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

Months of entry


Course content

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:

Argyll College UHI with Argyll and Bute Council – business studies, chemistry and science, home economics, mathematics, physics and science, technical education

Inverness College UHI with Highland Council – chemistry and science, home economics, mathematics, physics and science

Lews Castle College UHI with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar – chemistry and science, Gaelic, mathematics, physics and science, technical education

Moray College UHI with Moray Council – chemistry and science, home economics, physics and science, technical education

Orkney College UHI with Orkney Islands Council – chemistry and science, mathematics

Shetland College UHI with Shetland Islands Council – business studies, home economics, technical education

[The programmes offered in Argyll, Inverness and Shetland are subject to approval]

Special features

Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

Opportunity to undertake secondary education programme in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

The programme is designed to lead directly into an induction year with the partner local authority



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.

This course is available at
Argyll College UHI, West Bay, Dunoon, PA23 7HP - Subject to approval
Inverness College UHI, 1 Inverness Campus, Inverness, IV2 5NA - Subject to approval
Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR
Moray College UHI, Moray Street, Elgin, IV30 1JJ
Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1LX
Shetland College UHI, Gremista, Lerwick, ZE1 0PX - Subject to approval

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2017/18: Scottish (inc EU) £1820, Rest of UK £8000.

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan

For a comprehensive list of other funding opportunities available at the university, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Information line
0845 2723600