Female PGDE student in a Scottish secondary school classroom

The Strathclyde PGDE

Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers you can pursue. It allows you to share your passion for your subject whilst motivating and inspiring young people to succeed in learning and in life. Every day will be different and bring new challenges to rise to. For enthusiastic, motivated individuals, it is a huge privilege to play a key role in shaping the lives of young people.

Course structure

The full-time PGDE at Strathclyde is 36 weeks in duration, split between 18 weeks on campus and 18 weeks on placement. There are three terms:

  • Term 1: mid-August - Christmas
  • Term 2: Beginning of January - Easter
  • Term 3: Easter - early June

The course is modular and has 120 credits. Strathclyde recognises each 10 credits as being the equivlent of 90 hours of student effort. of these, normally 24 hours will be contact with a tutor/lecturer. 

School placements will also account for some of these contact hours. In addition students will be required to undertake independent and supported study tasks. 

Core provision

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.