Secondary Education (Home Economics) (PGDE) (subject to approval)

Queen Margaret University


This new course will qualify people to teach home economics at secondary school level.

The course is designed to attract people with a health sciences, food or science related undergraduate degree who have aspirations to work as home economics teachers in Scotland’s secondary schools. It is currently in development and you should check this site for updates.

Aside from the food related subjects of health, nutrition, food selection and preparation techniques, this new course will also focus on other important areas of health, wellbeing and lifestyle. Topics such as consumer behaviours, motivations and trends; textile technologies; conservation and sustainability; as well as global perspectives on lifespan wellbeing, will challenge students’ thinking, providing a well rounded learning experience that fits with modern day secondary education and the changing needs of young people.

Entry Requirements

You must have a degree containing 80 SCQF credit points from at least two of: consumer studies; food studies; food or textile technology; nutrition. A further 40 credits are needed in any home economics area relevant to the home economics curriculum in Scottish schools. 40 of the credit points must have been studied at SCQF Level 8 or above. You must also have Higher English plus Maths or Applications of Maths at National 5.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Start Date



Postgraduate Diploma

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

36 weeks


School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management


Psychology and Sociology

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General