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University of Dundee

Dundee , Scotland ,United Kingdom

Secondary Education (Dual Qualification) PGDE

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 your subject areas throughout Scotland.

For the dual qualification, you can choose to study any combination of two subject areas from Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry.

We prepare you to teach aspects of the science content of the broad general education phase and the senior phase related to the National Qualification for your chosen subjects.

Through two on-campus study modules combined with three school placements, you will gain vital classroom skills and experience while also learning the theory of teaching children and young adults. You will also learn how to effectively support literacy, numeracy, health, and well-being.

You will receive individual support throughout the course from an allocated tutor, who will also visit and assess you on each of your placements. Additionally, you will be allocated a mentor from within the school you are working in.

You'll also be able to choose from a range of elective options. These offer additional guidance in areas such as outdoor learning, cooperative learning, and drama.

You may be eligible to receive a Scottish Government bursary worth up to £20,000. These bursaries are for people looking to change careers and become secondary school teachers in certain STEM subjects. 

Campus Information

Dundee Campus

The main campus of the university is located in Dundee's West End which contains many of the university's teaching and research facilities; the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee Law School and the Dundee Dental Hospital and School.

Intakes

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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

On successful completion of this course you will be eligible to participate in the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) Teacher Induction Scheme which offers one year of paid employment in a school in Scotland. International students should contact the GTCS directly to check eligibility.

The majority of our students go straight into teaching after graduating. As your career progresses a range of promoted posts will be open to you including principal teacher, curriculum leader, pupil support, guidance teacher, and roles within school leadership teams. Some of our students enter other fields, such as learning support, or they go on to further study to become an educational psychologist.

It is also possible to pursue a wide range of further careers, for example within Education Scotland, as advisers or directors within Local Education Authorities, within GTCS or in Initial Teacher Education in universities.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Your degree must contain passes in at least two Teaching Subject Qualifying Credits (TSQC) in the subject you want to teach.

TSQC is the term given to the parts of your degree which are related to the subject as it is taught in Scottish secondary schools. A TSQC will represent approximately one-third of the total study in one academic year (at least 80 undergraduate credit points of which 40 have to be at Level 8 or above) for the SCQF Framework for higher education.

You also need to have a Higher grade pass in English, or equivalent.

AND

Mathematics at SCQF Level 5 (National 5 Mathematics, National 5 Application of Mathematics, Credit Standard Grade, or Intermediate 2), or equivalent.

We also accept The University of Aberdeen's Online Access Courses in English (SCQF Level 6) and Mathematics (SCQF Level 5).

You need to have a satisfactory Disclosure check before starting the course.

English language requirements

  • IELTS (overall) 6.0
  • Reading 5.5
  • Listening 5.5
  • Speaking 5.5
  • Writing 6.0

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  • Course Code: D7X1
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Post Graduate Diploma or Certificate
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 18950 GBP
    Annual Cost of Living: 9207 GBP
    Application Fee: N/A
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