GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Comhairle Choitcheann Teagaisg na h-Alba

Postgraduate Initial Teacher Education Programmes in Scotland

We have listed all the postgraduate Initial Teacher Education programmes available in Scotland as of July 2021 below.

Please click on the sectors listed under the teacher education institutions to see the programmes offered.

New flexible programmes are marked with an asterisk (*).

University of Aberdeen

PGDE Primary Education
 10 Months Full-time On-campus
M Ed in Enhanced Practice with Specialism*
 2 Years Full-time  
Primary Education with Maths specialism up to S3
PGDE Secondary Education
 10 Months Full-time On-campus
Available in: Biology with Science, Business Education, Chemistry with Science, Drama, English, Geography, History, Home Economics, Mandarin, Maths, Modern Foreign Languages, Modern Studies, Music, Physics with Science, Religious Education (RMPS)

University of Dundee

PGDE Primary Education
 36 Weeks Full-time  
PGDE Secondary Education
 36 Weeks Full-time  
Chemistry, Home Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Dual Qualification
PGDE Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education - Partnership Induction Model* (not currently open for application, please contact esw-school-reception@dundee.ac.uk for more information)
 18 Months Full-time  
A salaried postgraduate programme combining academic study with a mentored placement. Available in shortage subject areas (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Home Economics, or Computing Studies) to those living in one of the four partner local education authority areas (Aberdeenshire; Argyll and Bute; Scottish Borders; Highland Council).
PGCE Secondary Education with Supported Induction Route (SIR)* (not currently open for application, please contact esw-school-reception@dundee.ac.uk for more information)
 52 Weeks Full-time  
Through a combination of experiential learning in a secondary school, online distance learning, and campus-based learning activities, the course blends together the initial teacher education phase and the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS) phase required to become a fully qualified teacher.
TQ FE Teaching Qualification Further Education
 12 Months Part-time Distance Learning

University of Edinburgh

PGDE Primary Education
 36 Weeks Full-time  
PGDE Secondary Education
 36 Weeks Full-time  
Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Design and Technology, Drama, English, History, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages (Chinese, French, German), Music, Physical Education, Physics.
MSc Transformative Learning and Teaching*
 2 Years Full-time  
Qualifies graduates to teach across the P5 to S3 transition phase.
MSc Dance Science and Education with teaching pathway to GTCS Registration (3-18 years)
     
This is currently the only route to GTC Scotland registration as a teacher for dance specialists qualified to teacher learners aged 3-18 years in schools.

Edinburgh Napier University

PGDE Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics
 1 Year Full-time  
Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.

University of Glasgow

PGDE Primary Education
 10 Months Full-time  
PGDE Secondary Education
 10 Months Full-time  
Art and Design, Biology, Business Education, Chemistry, Computing, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages (French, French with Spanish, French with Italian, French with German, Spanish with French)
M Ed in Inclusive Education, Policy and Enquiry*
 2 Years Full-time Study and Teaching
Participants work at a school in the local authority whilst completing the programme and GTC Scotland Full Registration is awarded at the end of Year 1. This is a funded model, specifically for probationer teachers who have qualified in Ireland and who are working in local authorities which have a partnership agreement with the university.

University of the Highlands and Islands

PGDE Primary (English Medium)
 1 Year Full-time  
PGDE Primary (Gaelic Medium)
 1 Year Full-time  
PGDE Secondary (English Medium)
 1 Year Full-time  
Biology with Science, Business Studies, Chemistry with Science, Computing Studies, English, Gaelic, Home Economics, Mathematics, Music, Physics with Science, Technical Education
PGDE Secondary (Gaelic Medium)
 1 Year Full-time  
 Subjects as per English Medium programme (see above)
PGDE Teaching Qualification (Independent Sector)*
 2 Years Part-time In-service
Specifically for teachers working in Independent Schools in Scotland who currently do not possess a formal teaching qualification and are therefore not eligible for Full Registration with GTC Scotland. Applicants must have been employed as a teacher at their current school prior to 1 October 2017. 
PGCert Teaching Qualification Further Education
 1 Year Part-time Online

This PgCert Teaching Qualification Further Education is a one-year, part-time online programme to develop effective teaching by lecturers in colleges and tertiary establishments. It is ideally suited to lecturers who have degree-level qualifications in their subject and are looking to engage with teaching and learning at masters level.

It will equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes to support your registration with the General Teaching Council of Scotland as a lecturer.

 
Teaching Qualification Further Education (SCQF Level 9) CPD Award
 1 Year Part-time Online

This CPD Award Teaching Qualification Further Education (SCQF level 9) is a one-year, part-time online programme to develop effective teaching by lecturers in colleges and tertiary establishments.

It will equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes to support your registration with the General Teaching Council of Scotland as a lecturer. The programme uses a collaborative approach to online learning, with activities designed to help you develop professional knowledge and understanding, engage in professional dialogue, and develop critical enquiry to inform practice.

 

University of Stirling

In-Service BA - Teaching Qualification in Further Education
12 Months Part-time Online and on-campus

University of Strathclyde

PGDE Primary Education
36 Weeks Full-time  

University of the West of Scotland

PGDE Primary
 1 Year Full-time  
PGDE Secondary
 1 Year Full-time  
Art and Design, Biology with Science, English, French, German, Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics with Science, Spanish

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

PGDE Secondary Education - Music
 1 Year Full-time