Professional Graduate Diploma in Education

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The Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) is a postgraduate programme in Scotland, which is regulated by the Scottish Government and General Teaching Council for Scotland.[1][2] PGDE is one of the two main routes for entering the teaching profession in Scotland,[3][4] the other being a 4-year Bachelor of Education course. PGDE is open to any graduate with a degree from a UK university (or an equivalent degree from outside the UK). Currently a number of specialisations exist:[4][5] The course typically lasts for one year a full-time course, however part-time and distance learning options may last up to two years [5]

  1. PGDE (Primary) [4][5]
Additionally PGDE (Primary) requires:
  • Higher English at Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Standard Grade Maths at Credit level (or equivalent)
  1. PGDE (Secondary), additionally requires applicant to have a degree in a subject which applicant intends to specialise[6]
Currently following specialisms exists at Scottish Universities:
  • Art and design
  • Biology
  • Business education
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Home Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Modern languages (French, French with Spanish, French with Italian, French with German, Spanish with French)
  • Modern studies
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Religious education.


  1. ^
  2. ^ Professional Graduate Diploma in Education Full-time and Part-time Courses Session 2010-2011 Course Handbook
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b c Teaching Scotland’s Future
  5. ^ a b c
  6. ^ Teaching in Scotland 2010/2011