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Secondary Education (Dual Qualification) PGDE

University of Dundee
1 year
Full time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

About this program

Secondary Education (Dual Qualification) PGDE

This course is the first stage you need to complete if you are following the traditional route into secondary education. It covers the Initial Teacher Education phase of your career. When followed by a successful induction year working within a school (Teaching Induction Scheme), you will be qualified to teach your subject areas throughout Scotland.

For the dual qualification you can choose to study any combination of two subject areas from Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry.

We prepare you to teach aspects of the science content of the broad general education phase and the senior phase related to the National Qualification for your chosen subjects.

Through two on-campus study modules combined with three school placements, you will gain vital classroom skills and experience while also learning the theory of teaching children and young adults. You will also learn how to effectively support literacy, numeracy, health and well-being.

You will receive individual support throughout the course from an allocated tutor, who will also visit and assess you on each of your placements. Additionally you will be allocated a mentor from within the school you are working in.

You'll also be able to choose from a range of elective options. These offer additional guidance in areas such as outdoor learning, cooperative learning, and drama.

You may be eligible to receive a Scottish Government bursary worth up to £2000. These bursaries are for people looking to change careers and become secondary school teachers in certain STEM subjects.

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Admission requirements

Level 1 entry

Grade entry

A UK degree, or a degree of an equivalent standard from outside the United Kingdom. The content of your degree must be relevant to the subject you want to teach.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic

  • Overall - 6.0
  • Writing - 6.0
  • Listening - 5.5
  • Reading - 5.5
  • Speaking - 5.5

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Level 4

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • PGDE(P/S) Introduction to Learning and Teaching
  • Professional Practice 1
  • PGDE(P/S) Developing Practice
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Professional Practice 3

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


Tuition fee:

  • Scotland: £ 1,820 per year of study (subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government)
  • England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland: £ 9,250 per year of study (subject to confirmation by the UK Government)
  • Ukraine: £ 1,820 per year of study
  • International: £ 19,500 per year of study

Career paths

On successful completion of this course you will be eligible to participate in the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) Teacher Induction Scheme which offers one year of paid employment in a school in Scotland. International students should contact the GTCS directly to check eligibility.

The majority of our students go straight into teaching after graduating. As your career progresses a range of promoted posts will be open to you including principal teacher, curriculum leader, pupil support, guidance teacher, and roles within school leadership teams. Some of our students enter other fields, such as learning support, or they go on to further study to become an educational psychologist.

It is also possible to pursue a wide range of further careers, for example within Education Scotland, as advisers or directors within Local Education Authorities, within the GTCS or in Initial Teacher Education in universities.

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