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PGDE Secondary (Business Education)

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

PGDE - Professional Graduate Diploma in Education

Subject areas

Business Studies Secondary Schools (General) Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

Are you are a graduate in a related degree to accounting, economics or business management? Are you looking for an inspiring, challenging and socially empowering career? Our new one-year PGDE Secondary (Business Education) course will prepare you to teach business education in Scottish secondary schools and beyond, providing you with an internationally recognised secondary teaching qualification.

If you are passionate about business education especially with a social justice, sustainability and health and wellbeing agenda, then there has never been a more important time to learn the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to enable you to transform young lives as you learn how to evaluate the social, ethical, and global factors that affect local, national, and multinational organisations.

As a graduate of our unique course, you will help to prepare young people to face the challenges of 21st century citizenship in these fast-changing times.

Why QMU?

Guaranteed employment for one year following graduation: Scottish students are guaranteed paid employment for one year in a Scottish secondary school as a Business Studies teacher.

Historic and current expertise: Study at a university with a 145-year history of teaching for social justice. Social justice underpins QMU’s world view, and our new education courses offer a fresh and vibrant approach to learning to teach in Scotland.

Staff expertise: Our staff have subject and professional knowledge based on their expertise from teaching in schools and in initial teacher education in university settings. Collectively we have many years of experience in supporting students entering the teaching profession and strong links with the Queen Margaret Business School, with its emphasis on the need for ethical, social and ecological responsibility in business.

Range of learning experiences: As well as offering you the opportunity to learn how to teach Business Education in a classroom context you will also engage creatively with the role of outdoor learning in the school curriculum, gaining experience in our dedicated campus Outdoor Learning space.

Make a difference: Learn to teach a subject with the power to shape young persons’ lives and society. As a graduate of this course. you will be an advocate of sustainable business practices, which help support social justice, sustainable lifestyles, and economic and social wellbeing. Our course will support you in fostering a global business mindset to enable you to teach and transform lives within our local school communities.


This module will develop your critical and reflective skills in the context of classroom-based research and professional enquiry through enabling you to produce a research proposal for your probationary year project.

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Entry requirements

Successful applicants must, as a minimum, meet the requirements as set by the Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Courses of Initial Teacher Education in Scotland produced by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), which specifies general entrance requirements for all applicants and subject-specific requirements for secondary applicants. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview. The minimum entry requirements are: A degree validated by a higher education institution in the United Kingdom (UK) or a degree of an equivalent standard from an institution outside the UK; Applicants must have a minimum of 80 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7 and above in relevant subject areas (including 40 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 8 or above).