Being an English teacher

English teachers set children up with some of the fundamental skills they need to succeed in life. You’ll help children express themselves, understand more about the human condition, and become effective critical thinkers.

Training options

To teach English, you need a degree in English plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) or a degree that combines education with English studies.

Four-year university course in education

For the four-year combined degree and other undergraduate degree programmes you must have at least:

  • English and two other National Qualifications at SCQF Level 6 (Higher Grade) AND
  • Mathematics and one other subject at SCQF Level 5 (or an accepted alternative, for example, National 5, Credit Standard Grade or Intermediate 2).

Check the entry requirements with the course provider.

PGDE university courses

Here are the universities you can study for a PDGE in English at secondary level. Entry requirements vary so it’s best to check with the course provider.

As an English teacher, you help develop a young person’s core skills of reading, writing, talking and listening by engaging them with fantastic literature and by embracing and dissecting current affairs. There is so much discussion in an English classroom and, when it’s taught well, pupils love it.

Barry Wright - Principal Teacher of English at Vale of Leven Academy

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