University announces new teacher training programme

Edinburgh Napier to launch new postgraduate degree in teaching

Date posted

5 March 2018


Last updated

6 March 2018

Edinburgh Napier is launching a new Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) beginning in September 2019. Initially offering 30 places, there are plans for the programme to expand to a maximum of 150 places after an initial three-year period.

The programme is being supported by the Scottish Government who are looking to expand the number of trained teachers in Scotland, and Edinburgh Napier will focus on providing training in key science and technology subjects to fill current gaps in the Scottish teaching workforce.

Vice Principal and Deputy Vice Chancellor Alistair Sambell commented:

‘Our new teacher education programme will be designed by teachers, for teachers. As a University we have an applied approach to learning, and student placements in schools will be underpinned by practice-based learning in class, supported by practicing teachers. By offering  subjects such as Science and Maths we are aiming to support the Scottish Government in addressing teacher shortages in these priority areas. Students will benefit from our specialist subject expertise and graduate confident and fully prepared to join the workforce and inspire children across Scotland.’

Throughout the year-long programme students will undertake three school-based placement periods, where they will develop core teaching and classroom management skills. This will be supplemented by on-campus learning which will be supported by experienced teachers.

The University will target recruitment from recent graduates as well as mature students who may be seeking a career-change. With innovative access routes such as programmes that recognise prior learning, the University looks forward to welcoming professionals from a variety of backgrounds with a wealth of knowledge built up in industry, who can use their experiences to help children in Scotland to thrive.

The breadth of specialisms at the University means the programme will give students an understanding of other professions which are key to child welfare, such as Nursing and Policing. 

The programme aligns with the University’s track record in offering vocationally relevant, professionally accredited programmes, and students will benefit from state of the art facilities based at our modern Sighthill campus.

Sighthill Campus

Our Sighthill campus serves more than 5,000 students and staff of the School of Applied Sciences and the School of Health & Social Care. Facilities include life-like hospital wards, a clinical skills suite, sports science labs and our [EN]GAGE sports centre.