What is teaching?
Teaching is to impart knowledge or skills onto a student to enable them to develop either mentally or physically. Excellent, enthusiastic teachers are vital to educate and inspire young people.
Why study teaching?
Teaching is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding careers you can pursue - you'll shape the minds of tomorrow! Teaching can be done across the world, and does not restrict you to one country or subject.
PGDE Secondary Education
Find out more about our postgraduate route to becoming a teacher - the PGDE in Secondary Education.
Why study teaching at Strathclyde?
Training to become a teacher at the University of Strathclyde, you'll be learning at an award-winning academic institution. A 5-star QS-rated university, we were named Times Higher Education University of the Year 2019 - the only university to win the award twice.
Strathclyde is ranked 4th in the UK for Education (The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020) and 4th for Education (Complete University Guide 2021).
Our teaching degrees have a strong track record and are highly valued by our students. Our graduates are sought after by schools around the world. We trace our history back to 1837, when David Stow founded one of the first teacher education institutions in the UK.
For postgraduate students, the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) is the entry route to those who want to become a Primary or Secondary teacher in Scotland. The PGDE is an internationally recognised qualification. Newly qualified teachers will be able to apply for qualified teacher status (QTS) or equivalent in their home country.
If you're a Scottish or EU student, you're guaranteed a job for one year in a Scottish school after you graduate.
Everyone on the course was very supportive. The university lecturers are always on hand to offer help for assignments, as well as the odd piece of anecdotal advice for placement. In my experience from placement, the teachers are really supportive and genuinely want to help make you a better teacher.
Being part of the Thailand English Teaching Programme run by the British Council improved my teaching practice and was a fantastic way for me to step outside of my teaching comfort zone.
My course prepared me for the working world by providing a realistic view on what teaching was going to be like. The late nights at uni weren’t just for uni - they're a standard weekday for teachers.
From a young age, I always knew that I wanted to be a primary school teacher. I think due to having such a positive primary school experience helped to make this decision. I love working with children and having the opportunity to make a difference in their lives is something really special.
I am currently working in a large school in Glasgow City Council. I am fortunate to have built a great network of support from teachers both in my placements schools as well as the teachers I shared the PGDE with.