General FAQs

How to become a teacher in Scotland

There are several different routes into teaching in Scotland. For some becoming a teacher is a lifelong passion that begins at school and for other folk it’s a career change later on in life. There are also teachers that qualified in other countries who want to bring their valuable skills and experience to Scotland. Whichever category you fall into, we can give you the information you need to make your next steps in becoming a teacher in Scotland.

All applicants must have achieved SCQF Level 6 or above in English (e.g. Higher grade), and SCQF Level 5 in Maths (e.g. National 5).

If you don’t have the correct English or Mathematics qualifications to enter teaching in Scotland, Online Access Courses in English (SCQF Level 6) and Mathematics (SCQF Level 5) exist which will enable you to work flexibly, online, towards attaining these qualifications. For more details on Online Access Courses, click here.

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What is a Postgraduate Diploma in Education or PGDE?

A one-year, professional training course that enables you to become a secondary school teacher in Scotland. In order to take a PGDE, you must already have an undergraduate honours degree. Find out more about the PGDE courses each university offers:

The other way of getting into teaching is by completing a four-year education degree.

What is UCAS?

UCAS operates the application process for British Universities. The acronym stands for University and College Admissions Service. Every person that wants to study a degree or PGDE course in the UK will have to apply through UCAS.

What is SAAS?

SAAS stands for Student Awards Agency Scotland. It is an executive agency of the Scottish Government that supports eligible students by paying their tuition fees, as well as offering bursaries and supplementary grants.

Are there bursaries available for teaching courses in Scotland?

There are bursaries available for people who have been employed for at least three of the last five years AND have a degree in either Maths, Computing, Technical Education or Physics. Get more information about what could be available to you here.

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