Secondary Education (Dual Qualification) PGDE

School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

Prepare for teaching two subjects in secondary schools, and explore learning and teaching in theory and practice

Start date
August 2024
1 year
Dundee City Campus

This course is the first stage you need to complete if you are following the traditional route into secondary education. It covers the Initial Teacher Education phase of your career. When followed by a successful induction year working within a school (Teaching Induction Scheme), you will be qualified to teach your subject areas throughout Scotland.

For the dual qualification you can choose to study any combination of two subject areas from Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry.

We prepare you to teach aspects of the science content of the broad general education phase and the senior phase related to the National Qualification for your chosen subjects.

Through two on-campus study modules combined with three school placements, you will gain vital classroom skills and experience while also learning the theory of teaching children and young adults. You will also learn how to effectively support literacy, numeracy, health and well-being.

You will receive individual support throughout the course from an allocated tutor, who will also visit and assess you on each of your placements. Additionally you will be allocated a mentor from within the school you are working in.

You'll also be able to choose from a range of elective options. These offer additional guidance in areas such as outdoor learning, cooperative learning, and drama.


You may be eligible to receive a Scottish Government bursary worth up to £20,000. These bursaries are for people looking to change careers and become secondary school teachers in certain STEM subjects. 

“The best thing about the course is being challenged. I’ve been able to share my views on teaching, hear others' views and discuss the pros and cons of both. ”

Nicole, PGDE Secondary Education, Dual Qualification

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