- Start date: August
- Study mode and duration: 36 weeks full-time including 18 weeks of placement experience
It's also possible to study these languages in combination. Please check UCAS for the specific combination codes.
Ranked: 6th in the UK for Education (The Complete University Guide 2020)
Study with us
- open to talented linguists and enthusiastic individuals who are interested in teaching young people their specialism in French, German, Spanish, Italian or Mandarin
- learn from on-campus classes and 18 weeks of placements in schools
- become qualified to teach in locations worldwide
- opportunity to achieve 120 Masters-level credits
- funded places available (Scottish and EU students only)
Why this course?
PGDE Modern Languages at Strathclyde is held in high esteem by students, tutors and placement schools alike. You will benefit from an interactive learning experience comprising practical based learning and the exchange of wide-ranging ideas within the multi-lingual group.
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
Why study for a PGDE?
Hear from students about why they love studying for a PGDE in Secondary Education.
I taught French and German for 21 years in schools before joining the Strathclyde team of education tutors. I bring a current experience of teaching today to ensure the experience of our students is up-to-date and very relevant to the curriculum they will deliver in the classroom.
What you'll learn
This course will equip you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you require. The PGDE is modular in structure and students will study three modules across the year:
- Education Studies; Professional Values
- Professional Learning Through Enquiry
- Professional Skills
- Curriculum and Pedagogy
- Professional Practice
PGDE operates a model whereby students attend classes on campus followed by blocks of continued learning on placement. The modules run in parallel and learning and practice is cumulative.
On-campus time is used to familiarise you with the curriculum, allow you to collaborate with students and begin to plan lessons and develop materials. Students will have the opportunity to teach mini-lessons and explore innovative and motivating ways of engaging children and young people.
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 career-long professional learning.
The Teacher Induction Scheme is a scheme whereby eligible applicants are guaranteed a job for a year in a Scottish school. Most PGDE students will be eligible and eligibility is ascertained on a case-by-case basis. Students who successfully complete probation are eligible for full registration status.
Work anywhere in Scotland
As a newly qualified teacher, you can receive an additional financial enhancement in the region of £8,000 under the Preference Waiver Scheme. This is a scheme whereby applicants must agree to work anywhere in Scotland during the induction scheme.
As part of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to submit two of your assignments at Masters level. If you do this, you’ll be almost halfway towards a Masters in Education qualification. If you go on to do the Masters in Education, all you’ll have to do is complete two masters level classes, a research class, and a dissertation. You can do this on campus or by distance learning.
Education Studies; Professional Values
In this module, you'll explore the theoretical underpinnings of education. You'll be encouraged to engage with issues of the nature and the purpose of education, social justice and equality, and practice and policy in relation to ethical and political ideas. Throughout this module, we aim to disrupt and expand your thinking about education. You'll be asked to reflect on your values and beliefs in relation to a range of educational questions and issues and you will be presented with questions designed to challenge and refine your current thinking.
The module will give you opportunities to consider how theoretical underpinnings relate to the classroom; how your developing understanding translates into the education context; and how your own values and beliefs interact with your developing professional identity. Human Rights and Learning for Sustainability together form the basic architecture of this module.
Professional Learning Through Enquiry
This module aims to develop students as enquiring self-reflective practitioners who are able to work collaboratively to develop skills, knowledge and expertise in an area of professional practice. Students will be supported to develop as autonomous, transformative leaders of change. Across the globe there is a growing call for education systems to be responsive to the increasingly dynamic, complex and fast-changing nature of society. Through this module, students will develop the skills and expertise necessary to respond to the changing circumstances of the learning communities they encounter.
- Curriculum and Pedagogy
- Professional Practice
Taught both on campus and in schools, this module will enable you to become an effective teacher through learning pedagogical theory, observing experienced teachers and applying your knowledge and understanding in the practical context.
You have the opportunity to achieve up to 120 credits at Masters level which can be used towards further study following the course. This is fully supported by additional input during the programme.
Learning & teaching
The course encourages an active and participative style of learning in order to meet your professional needs, and to promote a commitment to continuing professional development.
The hours for this course are 9am to 5pm. You’re expected to be working on course-related activity during those hours.
To be awarded the PGDE you must pass all course modules.
Each class includes course work that involves group or independent study on specified tasks. This may involve presentations and written reports.
Although these are not assessed formally they're essential learning experiences and are course requirements.
The entry requirements for PGDE courses are based on the requirements set by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). All applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements before the course starts.
The minimum entry requirements that we ask for, are as follows:
|Academic requirements / experience|
The applicant’s academic study must include an element which will allow them to contribute to the wider aspects of programmes of study in schools, such as literature, cultural studies, area studies or languages in work.
While living abroad the applicant must have fully taken part in the language and culture of the relevant country. Applicants must normally live in the relevant country in blocks of at least three months.
As well as academic qualifications, you will need to demonstrate:
Please note: due to the limited number of places and the high volume of applications received for certain subjects it may be necessary to have the Mathematics and English qualifications in place at the time of application.
|*Acceptable alternative qualifications in English|
|**Acceptable alternative qualifications in Mathematics|
|English language requirements|
You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.
For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.
Pre-sessional courses in English are available.
If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.
If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Visa and Immigrations (UKVI), please get in touch before making your application.
Please note that IELTS is not equivalent to a Higher (SCQF Level 6) English qualification. These are two separate requirements. In order to meet the PGDE entry requirements you will be required to have both or equivalent.
|PVG and overseas police check requirements|
All applicants who have been offered a place on the PGDE course will be required to complete an application to Join PVG Scheme or an application for Existing PVG Scheme Member prior to starting the course. Students will be required to pay between £18 to £59 depending on the related work they apply to.
If applicable, applicants who have been given an offer will also be required to obtain the relevant oversea(s) certificate(s) of good conduct.
Pre-Masters preparation course
The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.
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Fees & funding
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
|Rest of UK|
Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
How can I fund my course?
Scottish & EU students
Scottish and EU students can apply to have the cost of their tuition fees paid for by the Scottish Government. Applications should be made online through the Students Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) website, the PGDE course falls under undergraduate study.
If you've already had funding for a postgraduate course from SAAS you'll only receive funding if you're applying for one of the following shortage subjects:
- Technological Education
Full-time students who usually live in Scotland may also be eligible to apply to SAAS for a loan, bursary and living-cost grants. Living-cost grants include the Lone Parents’ Grants and the Disabled Students’ Allowance. The exact amount you can get depends on your household income.
Check the SAAS website for more details.
The Dean's International Excellence Award recognises academic achievement. It offers international students a merit-based scholarship of up to £4,000 for entry onto a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.
Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.
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My advice to possible applicants would be to listen and observe, if you like what a person has done, use it and adapt it according to your style, but don’t underestimate yourself. If you’re there it is because the tutors at the interview saw a potentially great teacher.
My tutors have made me feel like they really care about everyone in the class and are extremely enthusiastic about the subject they are teaching, which is amazing to see.
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.
Jobs related to this degree include:
- Secondary Teacher
- Head Teacher
- Further Education Lecturer
- Special Educational Needs Teacher
During term time, you'll officially work a 35-hour week but you may have to work more. You'll be in school before the school day starts and stay after the pupils leave. Most teachers take their marking and preparations home to do in the evening.
You'll also participate in parents evening, after school clubs and activities and school trips.
A teacher's total working year is 195 days including five days for in-service training. Every year you'll get 40 days holiday at full pay*.
*Source: Teach in Scotland
There are also many options for those who decide not to go into the classroom. Some alternative job roles are:
- Charity Adviser
- Youth Worker
- Museum Educator
- Education Liason roles
- Private Tutor
Skills you'll need
- excellent communication
- a good imagination and creativity
- organisational and time-management skills
- ability to work as part of a team
- enthusiasm, energy and excitement for what you do
As a secondary school teacher in Scotland, salaries range from £21,867 to £34,887.*
*information intended only as a guide. Source: The Educational Institute of Scotland.
Scotland/EU/Rest of UK students
Please ensure that all parts of the application are completed including details of qualifications which meet the minimum entry requirements. We may be unable to consider incomplete applications. In order for your application to be fully considered, you will be required to send the following supporting documents within 21 days of submitting your application. Please email these documents to email@example.com.
- Your degree certificate
- Your academic transcript listing all the modules you have completed
- Evidence of Higher English (or equivalent) with a grade between A-C
- Evidence of National 5 Maths (or equivalent) with a grade between A-C
Please note the maximum file size for sending documents is 5.00MB.
We select those candidates who best meet the following criteria:
Does the candidate have:
- evidence that they are suitably qualified?
- evidence of a suitable breadth of knowledge in their degree to cover the Secondary Curriculum?
- sufficient interest in teaching?
- experience of working with young people?
- evidence of good written communication skills?
- a good statement by their referee?
If selected you’ll be asked to an interview with a number of other candidates who have applied for places either in your own subject or that are taught in the same division as your chosen subject.
Please note that interviews will take place in February 2020. If selected for interview, applicants will be notified after the UCAS deadline.
After the interview, a panel will collate the grades from your presentation and the individual interview.
They will then make a decision as to your suitability for the course.
The possible results of the interview are:
- Unconditional offer
- Conditional offer (you still need to satisfy the entry qualifications in some way)
- A rejection of your application
The subject coordinator will send the results to Registry who will, in turn, communicate the results to the UCAS.
UCAS will then communicate the result to you.
Should you wish feedback on the selection process please contact the appropriate subject coordinator.
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