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Secondary Education: Psychology PGDE

Secondary Education: Psychology PGDE

Key information

Qualification type

PGDE - Professional Graduate Diploma in Education

Subject areas

Social Studies Teaching / Training Psychology (General) Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

Why this course?

As a teacher of psychology, you’ll teach young people about the science of the mind and behaviour, and show pupils how they can analyse actions and interaction using evidence and theories.

Studying on the PGDE (Secondary) Psychology course is a rewarding and absorbing experience where you will be contributing to a growing subject at a key time in its development. You'll develop your prior understanding of psychology, learning how to make the subject accessible to pupils. You'll also draw on your psychological knowledge in studying how to apply the science of learning in classroom contexts.

Our tutors are highly experienced and knowledgeable and will provide you with personalised feedback throughout your studies to help you develop. They'll also assist you in connecting with the broader community of psychology teachers throughout Scotland and internationally.

Our students find their skills in great demand due to their depth of learning and the reputation for high quality which the University of Strathclyde enjoys within the teaching profession.

Worldwide qualification

This course is a professional training course which qualifies you to teach secondary education. The qualification is recognised throughout the world and is regulated by:

  • the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)
  • the Scottish Government.

What you'll learn

While on campus you'll attend two general teaching modules:

  • Educational Perspectives & Policies (EPP)
  • Principles, Policies & Practice (PPP)

Educational Perspectives & Policies will develop your understanding of educational issues in a broader intellectual context. Principles, Policies & Practice is the companion module to Educational Perspectives & Policies and shares a focus on critical professional engagement informed by educational research and theory.

EPP and PPP tutorials provide the opportunity to work with students from different subjects and in the primary sector. The course builds confidence in students to allow them to perform to their full potential by equipping them with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills they require.

Subject specific classes are known as Creative Contexts for Learning (CCL). Here, you’ll learn about pedagogical approaches specific to psychology with a highly experienced tutor. The course also has links with several leading professionals in the world of psychology teaching, who deliver school related aspects for the course. This time is used to familiarise you with the curriculum, allow you to collaborate with students and begin to plan lessons, develop materials, teach mini-lessons and to learn innovative and motivating ways to deliver the curriculum effectively.

You will also complete a Professional Specialism (PS) module which can be self-directed or comprised of on-campus classes which aims to allow you to develop your knowledge in an educational area of particular interest.


A degree in education will equip you for a range of careers working with children and young people.

Most of our PGDE graduates go on to work as teachers in secondary schools across the country.

Secondary School Teachers in Scotland use the Curriculum for Excellence framework. They work with their class to develop skills and abilities, and encourage the pupils to expand their knowledge and understanding further.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


36 weeks

Start date



This is the companion class to Educational Perspective and Policies. It shares a focus on critical professional engagement informed by educational research and theory.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A second class honours 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 the degree must have 80 credits in psychology along with the following subjects: Psychology Research Methods Social Psychology Cognitive/Biological Psychology Higher (SCQF Level 6) English Grade C or above National 5 (SCQF Level 5) Mathematics Grade C or above As well as academic qualifications, you will need to demonstrate: evidence that you have experience of working with children in a secondary school setting or related context an understanding of modern secondary education an ability to relate to people.

University information

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