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Education Studies (with UK Teaching Qualification) PgCert

Education Studies (with UK Teaching Qualification) PgCert

Key information

Qualification type

Graduate Certificate

Subject areas

Teaching (General) Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This programme allows you to meet the full registration requirements (GTCS) for teacher registration status required to teach in Scotland at primary, secondary, and further education level. You study a PgCert over 9 months. There are two compulsory courses which start in September. You spend at least 18 weeks in a school to achieve standard for full registration and you graduate with postgraduate certificate in Educational Studies.

  • You learn via blended learning and this qualification allows you to teach in Scotland if you are from outside Scotland in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland. Please ask if you are from outside these areas about whether you can access this course.
  • You learn in an energetic research led environment where teaching and specialist knowledge combine to give you the in-depth knowledge and training you need to be a confident teacher
  • Education is ranked 8th in the UK (CUG 2020)

You learn via blended learning at an induction event with four collaborative workshops and peer to peer support. There are other routes into teaching which include the Distance Learning PGDE, and Educational Studies STQ with Online Access programmes if you require further exams in essential subjects to teach. You are assessed from practice against SFR evidence, formative assessments, and course assessments. The STQ has been designed and developed jointly with the GTS to enable you to gain full GTCS registration at primary and secondary educational levels. You can continue to MEd Flex after successful completion of the STQ courses.

The School of Education offers you a wide range of teacher training programmes which are a mix of either on campus or online learning along with a placement in schools and continued professional development. Apart from the Social and Educational Research programme you can study specialist areas such as the MEd Autism and Learning, MEd Community Learning and Development, MEd Early Years, PgCert Gaelic Medium Education, MEd Inclusive Practice, MSc Leadership in Professional Contexts, MSc Mindfulness, MEd Pastoral Care Guidance and Pupil Support, MSc Person Centred Counselling and Teacher Qualification in FE. After this point you can continue towards research degrees and join around 50 students from around the world.

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

Part time day


9 months

Start date



Developing Professional Practice for Teaching in Scotland - Core
Developing Professional Practice to Enhance Learning - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Please contact university and ask about this fee

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Please contact university and ask about this fee

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Please view the programme page to find out about English Language Requirements and entry qualifications