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DLITE PGDE Secondary Education

Key information

Qualification type

PGDE - Professional Graduate Diploma in Education

Subject areas

Teaching In Secondary Schools Secondary Schools (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This programme trains you to become a secondary teacher. You study the programme over 18 months within specific designated Local Authority areas in Scotland and you study online and on campus at University for the other time. The DLITE PGDE Secondary is also offered on a part-time basis, over two academic years, with 18 weeks full-time placements in the local authority schools. The programme is delivered via online blended learning and networking at the University at Saturday networking events.

There is also a campus-based full-time PGDE Secondary Education programme. This 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.

Aberdeen offers you several routes into education which include a secondary education PGDE, and a primary and secondary DLITE PGDE which are aimed at graduates in Angus, Aberdeen and Shire, Highland and Moray. Careers include teaching at primary or secondary level plus further local authority work which requires teacher accreditation.

  • You get a PDGE to allow you to teach in Scotland with full accreditation from the GTCS
  • You can study a qualification which provides access to teach in Scotland and other areas of the UK
  • The School is involved in several projects which include ERASMUS, NHS Highland Parentcraft and others
  • Education is ranked 8th in the UK (CUG 2020)

The School of Education offers a wide range continued professional development programmes and courses which include autism and learning, community learning, early years, Gaelic, inclusive practice, leadership, mindfulness, pastoral care, person centred counselling, and a further education teaching qualification. On campus you can take advantage of many facilities including the stunning Sir Duncan Rice glass library and enjoy panoramic views of the city, beach and beyond whilst you study.

Online Learning

When you study online your study and research needs are taken care of online. You have access to the Virtual Learning platform at Aberdeen. On this platform you can view lectures, speak to lecturers and your tutor, communicate with your peers, enjoy group work where relevant, blogs and many other facilities to ensure your learning experience is like being on campus. You have access to the Sir Duncan Rice Library and its extensive e-resources to ensure you have the same quality of experience as you would on campus.

The University of Aberdeen and Kings College is the 5th oldest university in the UK. Founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495, it is “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” to provide progressive, innovative research and lecturing internationally. Many original subjects continue to progress societal and economic innovations to this day, whilst innovation attracts international academics and research staff.

Aberdeen city is well known world energy hub. There are over 900 energy companies in the city, 20 of which are FTSE 100 companies. The city is compact, and a visual feast of architecture and history. Aberdeen offers you retail, cosmopolitan food to suit all diets and cultures, nightlife, sports, outdoor pursuits, a beach, walking and cycling to Royal Deeside, travel connections to the Highlands, Orkney and Shetland, the UK and Europe. The University offers you wide ranging events across campus to enjoy and attend

Different course options

Study mode

Distance with attendance


18 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Degree Experience of working with young people Higher or Grade C or above in England and Maths Approval by Local Authority Partner