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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

This 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.

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. This course will equip you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you require. While on campus you'll attend two general teaching classes: Educational Perspectives and Policies; Principles, Policies and Practice. 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.

You'll spend 18 weeks of the course on placement in a school within Scotland. You'll be continually assessed while there to show you meet the requirements for the Standards for Provisional Registration. You must attend your placement school throughout the full working day. You must also attend school on staff in-service days, unless told otherwise by your school. Placement is your chance to put what you're learning into practice. You'll explore your own teaching style, learn new techniques and develop relationships with your pupils. You must keep a portfolio of progress while on placement. This placement file will form part of the evidence of your meeting the Standards for Provisional registration and prepares you for the continuation of professional development during your professional teaching career.

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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

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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

The entry requirements for PGDE courses are set by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). All applicants must meet these minimum entry requirements before the course starts. There is no upper or lower age limit for a place on the teacher education programme. The minimum entry requirements to qualify to teach psychology are as follows: 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 and 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

The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological university, renowned for meeting the needs of students and employers through its high quality teaching and research. Strathclyde was named UK Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2013/14, More recently it has been named as Business School of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2016). Recognised as one of the largest providers of postgraduate education in the UK, a...more

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