If you are interested in embarking on a rewarding and fulfilling career, where you can really make a difference, our PGDE programmes give you the opportunity to get a teaching qualification in just 36 weeks.

The University of Aberdeen offers an innovative PGDE programme that brings together not only primary and secondary specialists, but MA4 primary students - in order to learn together, to share common experiences, and to debate current educational issues.

The development of the programme aims to produce inclusive practitioners who will be able to face the challenges of the 21st century classroom, by adopting pedagogies that support all learners and foster collaborative working.

The PGDE programme is offered on a full-time basis over 36 weeks with 18 weeks spent on placement in schools in our partner Local Authorities, and the other 18 weeks spent on campus.  It is also offered on a part-time basis, over two years, in conjunction with specific local authorities.

The programme consists of four compulsory courses of study which are broadly split between the two university semesters:

  • two academic campus-based courses and
  • two school experience courses

The University and school-based components are carefully designed to complement each other with the ultimate aim of equipping graduates with the skills, competences, knowledge, and attitudes, necessary for entry to the teaching profession.

Opportunities also exist for Master’s level study throughout the Programme. 

Students completing the PGDE programme are awarded the Diploma in either Primary or Secondary Education.

For more information please visit the prospectus - PGDE Primary or PGDE Secondary.

Applications for the PGDE in Primary and Secondary must be made through the main Undergraduate UCAS  Scheme and not through Teacher Training.