Taught course

Secondary Education

University of the West of Scotland · School of Education

Entry requirements

All applicants should hold a degree validated by a university in the UK or a degree of an equivalent standard from outside the UK plus have an English qualification of at least SCQF Level 6 (e.g. Higher English or ESOL) and Mathematics of at least SCQF Level 5 (e.g. National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit). The degree qualification must contain a minimum of 80 credit points relevant to the teaching qualification that an applicant plans to qualify for in Secondary, with at least 40 of the credit points studied at Level 8 or above (i.e. around two years full-time study in Higher Education). Applicants are strongly advised to visit the Teaching in Scotland website www.teachinscotland.org for full information on what is required to become a teacher in Scotland. An offer of a place on this programme is made on the basis of your application and successful interview.

Art and Design / Biology with Science / Chemistry with Science / English / Mathematics / Modern Languages / Physical Education / Physics with Science

Months of entry


Course content

With a strong practical bias, this programme provides the formal teaching qualification for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), preparing you for a career in secondary school teaching.

About the programme This programme is carried out in partnership with schools in which you will spend 18 weeks on placement. University-based study focuses on curriculum, methods of teaching and learning, and assessment, alongside theoretical and practical aspects of professional studies in education. The programme is attuned to all issues and developments influencing Scottish secondary education, including the expectations of the GTCS. Teaching qualifications are offered in the following areas^. Select one or two of the following subjects, depending on qualifications: Art and Design; Biology with Science; Chemistry with Science; English; Mathematics; Modern Languages; Physical Education; and Physics with Science.

Your learning The programme currently consists of three compulsory modules, one of which is taught in conjunction with PGDE (Primary) and is offered at both SCQF levels 10 and 11, giving the option of 40 credits of internationallyrecognised Masters level study. You will develop an understanding of the curriculum and a range of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment in your chosen subject discipline(s). You can also undertake an additional 20-credit module at Masters level.

Our Careers Adviser says Most UWS graduates remain in mainstream teaching in the UK or abroad. Others work with children with additional learning support needs, in adult training; educational aspects of charities, science centres, the commercial sector, the public sector, and social services.

Professional recognition Graduates receive the formal teaching qualification necessary for provisional registration with the GTCS, a requirement for entry into the guaranteed one-year Teacher Induction Scheme. Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) Successful applicants who gain a place on this programme will need to register on the PVG Scheme, managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland, see www.disclosurescotland.co.uk

Financial support PGDE courses are funded in the same way as undergraduate courses. You can apply to SAAS to have tuition fees paid. Eligibility conditions apply;

check www.saas.gov.uk for details.

Information for international students

For more information please visit - www.uws.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

For more information please visit - www.uws.ac.uk/fundingadvice

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)