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Secondary Education (English) PGDE

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

Program description

Secondary Education (English) 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 English throughout Scotland.

Through two on-campus study modules combined with three school placements, you will gain vital classroom skills and experience. You will explore aspects of theory for teaching English language and literature to children and young adults. You'll focus on developing learners' reading, writing, listening and talking skills. We will also teach you how to effectively support numeracy, health and well-being.

Small class sizes mean you will benefit from a strong supportive community of staff and students. You will receive individual support throughout the course from an allocated tutor, with extensive experience and knowledge of teaching secondary English. They will also visit and assess you on each of your placements. Additionally you will be allocated a mentor from within the schools you are working in during each of your placements.

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.

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Admission requirements

Level 1 entry

Grade requirements

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.

Essential subjects

Your degree must contain passes in at least two Teaching Subject Qualifying Credits (TSQC) in the subject you want to teach.

TSQC is the term given to the parts of your degree which are related to the subject as it is taught in Scottish secondary schools. A TSQC will represent approximately one third of the total study in one academic year (at least 80 undergraduate credit points of which 40 have to be at Level 8 or above) for the SCQF Framework for higher education.

You also need to have a Higher grade pass in English, or equivalent. AND

Mathematics at SCQF Level 5 (National 5 Mathematics, National 5 Application of Mathematics, Credit Standard Grade, or Intermediate 2), or equivalent.

We also accept The University of Aberdeen's Online Access Courses in English (SCQF Level 6) and Mathematics (SCQF Level 5).

You need to have a satisfactory Disclosure check before starting the course.

English language requirements

  • IELTS (overall) - 6.0
  • Reading - 5.5
  • Listening - 5.5
  • Speaking - 5.5
  • Writing - 6.0

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 fees

  • Scotland: £ 1,820 per year
  • EU settled / pre-settled status: £ 1,820 per year
  • England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland: £ 9,250 per year
  • EU and International: £ 18,950 per year

Career opportunities

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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