Become a secondary school teacher


Become a secondary school teacher

Start by choosing your subject to find out about secondary teaching in Scotland. You’ll learn more about what’s involved in teaching that subject, your training options, the qualifications you’ll need, and where you can study.

To teach in a state secondary school in Scotland, you must have completed:

  • A four-year undergraduate course in education
  • An undergraduate course then a one-year PGDE
  • Achieved the equivalent qualification outside Scotland

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

There are a number of paths you can take into teaching a secondary school.

Four-year degree courses in Scotland:

One-year PGDE courses in Scotland:

Flexible routes

There are different teacher education programmes available.

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.

Start your teaching application today

Visit UCAS to start your teaching application.

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Find out if you’ve got what it takes to become a teacher

Take our quick quiz to find out what kind of teacher you’d be.

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