Secondary Education (English) (PGDE)

University of Dundee


City Campus


This course is the first stage you need to complete if you are following the traditional route into secondary education. It covers the Initial Teacher Education phase of your career. When followed by a successful induction year working within a school (Teaching Induction Scheme), you will be qualified to teach English throughout Scotland.

Through two on-campus study modules combined with three school placements, you will gain vital classroom skills and experience. You will explore aspects of theory for teaching English language and literature to children and young adults. You'll focus on developing learners' reading, writing, listening and talking skills. We will also teach you how to effectively support numeracy, health and well-being.

Small class sizes mean you will benefit from a strong supportive community of staff and students. You will receive individual support throughout the course from an allocated tutor, with extensive experience and knowledge of teaching secondary English. They will also visit and assess you on each of your placements. Additionally you will be allocated a mentor from within the schools you are working in during each of your placements.

Entry Requirements

You must have a degree containing 80 SCQF credit points in English, of which at least 40 points must be in English Literature or Scottish Literature and a maximum of 20 SCQF credit points in Media Studies. 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 require a satisfactory PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) check to show you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details.

Progression Routes

The programme (accredited by the GTC for Scotland) prepares graduates to teach Chemistry in secondary schools.

Start Date



Postgraduate Diploma

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

52 weeks


Education and Social Work

SCQF Level


Career Sectors

Arts and Social Sciences General




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