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1 year

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Qualification type

PGDE - Professional Graduate Diploma in Education

Subject areas

Home Economics Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

Are you are a health sciences, hospitality, food or science-related graduate looking for an inspiring, challenging and socially empowering career? Our one-year PGDE Home Economics course will prepare you to teach home economics in Scottish secondary schools and beyond, providing you with an internationally recognised secondary teaching qualification.

If you are passionate about food and textiles, sustainability, social justice and health and wellbeing then there has never been a more important time to learn the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to enable you to transform young lives and contribute to both community and global wellbeing. As a graduate of our unique course, you will help to prepare young people to face the challenges of 21st century citizenship.

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 home economics teacher.

Historic and current expertise: Study at a university with an unrivalled 145-year history of teaching in this field. QMU is well known for its work in food research, and hosts the Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation.

Staff expertise: Our staff are either qualified Home Economics teachers or Doctors of Education who have many years of experience in supporting students entering the teaching profession.

Range of learning experiences: As well as offering you the opportunity to learn how to teach practical food, nutrition, and textiles skills in a classroom context you will engage creatively with the role of outdoor learning in the HE curriculum, gaining experience of cooking outdoors in our special campus Outdoor Learning space.


This module will develop your critical and reflective skills in the context of classroom-based research and professional enquiry through enabling you to engage with the ethical process in conducting your practice-based research.

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a degree validated by a higher education institution in the United Kingdom or a degree of an equivalent standard from an institution outside the United Kingdom. Applicants must have a degree with 80 SCQF credit points including 40 SCQF credit points at SCQF Level 8 (or above) from at least two of: Consumer studies; Food studies; Food technology; Textile technology; Nutrition. 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.