The distance learning initial teacher education (DLITE) programme mirrors the full-time PGDE requirements where students complete eighteen weeks placement in schools, and academic courses of study.  The emphasis on flexible learning enables participants to remain in employment whilst studying for the PGDE, as long as they can be released for the full-time school placement blocks.



The (PGDE) DLITE Primary offers an eighteen month, part-time distance learning Professional Graduate Diploma in Education.  The (PGDE) DLITE Secondary offers a 24 month part-time distance learning programme of study. The programme is fully accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

It is aimed at graduates living and working in partner authorities.  Applicants can only apply where a partnership agreement exists between the Local Authority and the University. Our partners are Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Highland and Moray.  The partnership arrangement supports the blended learning experiences with mixed mode online learning activities provided through the university online environments, and face-to-face workshops on Saturdays within the local authority (Network Days).

For information on how to apply for DLITE Primary: please click on this link



The DLITE PGDE Secondary Programme is a 2 year programme for becoming a Secondary Teacher of : Business Education, Computing, Home Economics, Mathematics, Physics, and Technical Education (Craft & Design Technology).  It is open to suitably qualified graduates across Scotland subject to having a confirmation of support from a local authority.


For information on how to apply for DLITE Secondary: please click on this link

For further information please contact PGDE Programme Secretary: