Secondary teaching


Getting a job as a secondary school teacher in Scotland

To teach in a state secondary school in Scotland, you’ll need either:

  • A four-year undergraduate degree.
  • A one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).

To train as a teacher in Scotland, you need at least:

  • A degree in the subject you want to teach at (or equivalent) of a 2:2 or above.
  • SCQF Level 6 or above in English (e.g. Higher grade) and SCQF Level 5 in mathematics (e.g. National 5).
  • If you are applying for an undergraduate degree, you’ll also need two other national qualifications at SCQF Level 6, and one other qualification at SCQF level 5.

If you don’t have the English or Maths qualifications

No need to worry – there are access courses in English (SCQF Level 6) and Maths (SCQF Level 5) that you can complete online. You can work towards them flexibly, in your own time.

Routes into secondary teaching

Four-year degree courses in Scotland:

One-year PGDE courses in Scotland:

Alternate routes

There are a number of new teacher education programmes designed to offer flexibility and encourage diversity in the profession. Select your subject from the drop-down above to find out more.

You’ll find the most up-to-date information on courses available by searching on UCAS.

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