Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (English) PGDE

Think differently about teaching and stand in the classroom confident, experienced and equipped from day one.


If you want to make a career teaching English in secondary schools, this course is for you. Now is your opportunity to inspire young people with your enthusiasm and love of the subject.

This new course is designed to blend knowledge, research and the experiences of successful teachers. This approach will help you grow your motivation, confidence and creativity to help you succeed in the classroom.

We will also explore different teaching approaches and methodologies including interdisciplinary learning classroom research, and using technology for assessment and reflection. As a result, you will work not just with university tutors, but also the wider educational community and experts who will give you holistic advice and support on many issues affecting young people and school communities. 

Mode of Study:



1 years

UCAS code:


Course details

This is a one-year, full-time course, split into three trimesters.

Starting in August, you will spend a total of 18 weeks in University and 18 weeks in secondary school placements over the duration of your course.


  • Learning & Teaching 1
  • Understanding Learning & Teaching
  • Learning & Teaching 2
  • Professional Enquiry

These four modules will help develop your skills as a dynamic and effective teacher. All modules are SCQF Level 11.

Learning & Teaching 1&2

These modules are related to knowledge of the curriculum and school placements. You will explore effective methodologies, curriculum design, and keep up-to-date with current initiatives from the Scottish Government’s “A Curriculum for Excellence” and “The Attainment Challenge” policies.

Understanding Learning & Teaching

This module will allow you to explore the theory and policy underpinning our educational system. We will explore keys themes such as behaviour management, additional support needs and more, both in theory and practice. Visiting experts will offer professional advice on complex issues.

Professional Enquiry

This module will prepare you to undertake an action research project. The project will be combined with an interdisciplinary project in your later placement, which will give invaluable insights into the complexities of making changes to practice and equip you with research methods.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    You will be taught by a team of experienced lecturers who have extensive knowledge of both the Higher Education sector and Secondary schools.

    The University-based work consists of four Modules and is based around the school curriculum and the way it is taught (Curricular Pedagogy and Educational Studies).

    During school placements you will undertake a variety of tasks to help you understand and develop the skills needed to be a professional teacher.

  • note and pen Assessments

    You will be assessed in a variety of ways across four academic modules, from critical reflection to literature reviews.

    On placement, you will also complete formal classroom observations, which will assess your placement time as a whole.

    You will also complete classroom-based research that will contribute to a formal report, and attend a practitioner conference where your projects will be presented

  • briefcase Work placement

    There are a total of 18 weeks required for school experience placements these are split into three blocks across the year, and in two different secondary schools.

    Placement opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

  • library Facilities

    Sighthill Campus


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course are a degree from a UK Higher Education Institution, or degree of an equivalent standard from an institution outside the UK. The degree should be in the subject to be taught and contain at least two graduating courses (80 credits) in the relevant subject.

Ordinary Degrees are also acceptable.

We also require SQA Higher English at Grade C or equivalent as well as SQA National 5 Mathematics or SQA National 5 Applications of Mathematics at grade C or equivalent.



A minimum of 40 credits should come from at least one of the following subjects:

-English literature (this can include English Translation)
-Scottish literature
-A maximum of 20 SCQF credit points in Media Studies

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2022/23 2023/24
Scotland £1,820 £1,820
England Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £9,250 £9,250
Overseas and EU £19,428 £20,790

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.


Secondary English Teacher (in Scotland, UK or most countries of the world).