Do I need a degree to become a teacher


Do I need a degree to become a teacher in Scotland?

Yes. You do need a degree to be a teacher in Scotland.

What qualifications do you need to teach in Scotland?

There are two ways to qualify for teaching in Scotland. One is to complete a four year undergraduate degree in education. The other is to complete a year’s postgraduate Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).

"Teaching History can sometimes be quite challenging as students often ask why they need to learn about the past. Once I explain the skills they learn in class are invaluable and show how they’re relevant to future jobs then they do get on board."Kate Riddell – History Teacher at Hawick High School

How do you qualify for an undergraduate teaching degree in Scotland?

You will need to have English at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6 and Maths Level 5. You’ll also need two other National Qualifications at SCQF Level 6, and one other subject as SCQF Level 5 to qualify for a teaching degree.

How do you qualify for a PGDE

You’ll need to have an undergraduate degree, as well as English at SCQF Level 6 and Maths Level 5. Teaching experience isn’t strictly required but experience either in a classroom or relevant experience with young people will help with successful applications.