School of Education

Scottish PGCE

  • Please refer to the entry requirements tab below
  • Sep 2022
  • Full-time
  • 37 Weeks
  • Postgraduate
  • Postgraduate Certificate
  • Online
  • All candidates require

    • A UK Bachelor’s Degree (minimum 2:2). Certificate and transcript are required.
    • National Qualifications in English at SCQF Level 6 (for example Higher Grade) or an accepted equivalent.
    • National Qualifications in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5 (for example National 5) or an accepted equivalent.
    • For Non-UK qualifications, a statement of Comparability will be required from UK ENIC, together with a certified translation of the degree transcript.
    • To be employed in a school in Scotland.
    • To demonstrate competency in Digital Technology skills (Digital Skill Accelerator – Online Assessment Tool)

    For Primary candidates

    • Content of degree must provide a good basis for becoming a Primary teacher. We will look for evidence of study of English and maths, as well as two of the following areas: science, social studies, expressive arts, religious studies, modern foreign languages, technology. We will consider A level study as well as content of degree.
    • General Primary applicants – must be teaching the core subjects of English, maths and science for a minimum of 10 hours per week.
    • In addressing the Scottish Government Languages Working Group report Language Learning in Scotland A 1+2 Approach (2012) and the STEM Education and Training Strategy, GTC Scotland would encourage candidates to have at least one SQCF level 5 qualification in either a modern language and/or a science subject. (this can be discussed with the University Admissions team).

    For Secondary candidates

    • Degree must be in a related subject with a minimum of 80 SCQF credit points directly related to the subject specialism.
    • Secondary applicants – must be teaching their specialism for a minimum of 10 hours per week.
    • If applying for the Secondary programme as a teacher of Dance, PE, Music – applicants will have to provide a copy of a digital portfolio prior to an interview that demonstrates related skills. Further information can be provided by the University Admissions team.
    • If applying for the Secondary programme as a teacher of MFL, candidates must have spent a minimum of 6 months living abroad in the relevant country (e.g. as part of a study abroad programme) and will be expected to demonstrate their language skills at interview. If applying to teach two languages, the requirement is that candidates will have lived abroad for at least 3 months in each country.

    Applicants will be required to attend an interview with a member of the academic team.  At interview applicants will need to demonstrate that they are:

    • Committed to professional values
    • Reflective and innovative
    • Self-directed, resilient and have high levels of self-efficacy
    • Willing to reflect on the impact of their teaching on every learner and are committed to supporting those learners with additional
    • Wanting to support needs such as ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Tourette syndrome.
    • Can develop appropriate subject and pedagogical content knowledge, and have the capability to become experts in pedagogy
    • Can develop an awareness of how the study of Scottish culture can be developed within the curriculum
    • Can understand the principles of assessment and are able to use assessment to monitor and enhance learners’ progress
    • Will be committed to their own ongoing professional learning and can engage with and are informed by educational research and policy
    • Have an awareness of educational provision across Scotland, including the particular requirements of rural schools
    • Have some awareness of education’s links to other fields and are committed to working with other professionals within and beyond education.

    Applicants should contact Admissions for any advice regarding permitted equivalent qualifications: education@buckingham.ac.uk.