I want to work in...Teaching in Schools Scotland

This list of links and resources has been carefully compiled by our Careers Consultants and Careers Information Team to provide you with the key knowledge you need if you are considering a career in this line of work.   All the links are reviewed regularly to ensure the source is reliable and the information is accurate and relevant.

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Sector overview

Overview of the teaching and education sector (TARGETjobs)

Overview of education and teacher training (Prospects)

Typical job profiles

Primary school teacher

Secondary school teacher


Useful online resources

Teach in Scotland

General Teaching Council for Scotland 

Education Scotland - curriculum, current developments and Scottish Government education policy

TES Education newspaper, also carries vacancies, with link to Scottish edition (TESS)

Why become a teacher - advice from Strathclyde University Department of Education

Resources and support for potential teachers with a disability (pdf) - advice and useful links produced by AGCAS 

TARGETjobs - application and interview advice for your first teaching job

Education alternatives 2021 (pdf) - education careers outside teaching in mainstream school, produced by AGCAS


Applying for teacher training (PGDE)

TARGETjobs Training to teach in Scotland

Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) University of Strathclyde

Teacher training checklist 


PGDE courses in the West of Scotland:

Glasgow University Postgraduate study - find a programme ("provides support for, and emphasis on, the initial teacher education of those who intend to teach in Catholic schools")

Strathclyde University

University of the West of Scotland Postgraduate course search


Your application:

UCAS - from 2014 entry, applications for postgraduate teacher training are via UCAS.  For initial teacher training in Scotland, you must select undergraduate study to apply through UCAS online.

Entry Requirements - memorandum on entry requirements to initial teacher training in Scotland from the GTC Scotland - Please note that these are the minimum entry requirements asked for and that the entry requirements may be higher for more popular courses

UCAS routes into teaching - advice on your UCAS application

Teacher training applications - latest advice  (pdf) - latest advice from our Careers Consultant

Examples of personal statements for PGDE produced by Aberdeen University Careers Service

To upgrade English or Mathematics qualifications to the Scottish government requirements: 

My World of Work for a list of suitable local course providers.  

The University of Aberdeen is offering an online access course to upgrade Maths and English for access to PGDE in Scotland. 

From August 2018, Clyde College Langside campus is offering Entry to teaching for Graduates course


Job sites and specialist recruiters

Inspection reports for Scottish schools

MyJobScotland - Scottish local government job site

Scottish Schools Directory from Parentzone

Scottish Council of Independent Schools

Advice on finding your first teaching job from the EIS, including tips on applications and interviews

Professional bodies

General Teaching Council for Scotland


To find out more about what it's like to work in this career, use the LinkedIn alumni tool to make contact with Strathclyde alumni working in this area.