University of Edinburgh: Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

InstitutionUniversity of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department The Moray House School of Education
Study type Taught


The Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Secondary is for graduates who want to become subject-specialist teachers in the secondary sector. This programme is the Scottish route to qualified teacher status.

This is an intensive programme of study, divided equally between University-based and school-based activities.

The programme is designed to prepare you for the range of roles that teachers are expected to play:

  • A competent, reflective classroom practitioner

  • A collaborator who contributes to the wider informal curriculum of the school

  • A subject specialist and a curriculum developer

  • A teacher in society, whether building strong relationships with parents or contributing to national policy debates

You will develop the capacity to become a transformative teacher, making a positive impact on the outcomes of learners, with the capacity to become a future leader in the profession. To this end, we focus on teaching student teachers to use their powerful subject knowledge to create interesting, relevant and progressive teaching.

We currently offer our secondary programme in the following subjects:

  • Art and Design

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Design and Technology

  • Drama

  • English

  • Geography

  • History

  • Mathematics

  • Modern Foreign Languages (Chinese, French, German)

  • Music

  • Physical Education

  • Physics

Dual Qualification status

Dual qualification means that a teacher is qualified to teach two different subject areas within schools, such as History and English, or Mathematics and Physics.

We welcome applications for dual subject qualification and can accommodate many dualities. Simply make your application for the first subject area and state on the form that you have an interest in dual qualification.

Please contact the Programme Director for further information about dual qualification.


Graduates are qualified to teach and eligible for provisional registration from the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). Eligible graduates may join the Teacher Induction Scheme, a guaranteed, paid one-year probationary teaching post, or take up a Flexible Route.

Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Scotland)

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