Secondary Education (Design and Technology/Technological Education) (PGDE)

University of Strathclyde


Technological education allows pupils to undertake projects which are engaging, active and challenging. The University of Strathclyde has dedicated facilities for students on this course to be able to experience an environment similar to a teaching classroom. This includes a state-of-the-art wood workshop and a design and digital manufacturing facility. The result is students equipped to teach all subjects from wood craft to 3D printing.

You'll spend 18 weeks of the course on placement in a school within Scotland. You'll be continually assessed while there to show you meet the requirements for the Standards for Provisional Registration.

Entry Requirements

You must have a degree containing 120 SCQF credit points with 20 credit points from List A and 40 credit points from List B. 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.

List A - technological subjects such as mechanical, electrical or electronic engineering, sciences, mechatronics, architecture, construction technology and building services.

List B - design and graphic related subjects such as computer-aided design, graphic design, computer-aided design manufacture, industrial design and product design.

You will have to show that you have practical craft skills.

As well as academic qualifications, you will need to demonstrate that you have experience of working with children in a secondary school setting or related context and an understanding of modern secondary education.

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


6X90 (Gaelic Medium 6X75)

Course Length

36 weeks


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences



SCQF Level


Career Area


Career Sectors

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering General

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (including Fabrication and Welding)

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Offshore and Energy