Secondary teacher training opportunities for graduates

A teacher sits at a desk surrounded by a group of pupils

Published: Friday, 1st June 2018

We are looking to hear from Borders graduates who are keen to take part in distance learning opportunities that will qualify them to become a secondary teacher.

There are two options available through either:

  • University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)
  • Dundee University.

University of the Highlands and Islands

This is the second year that the course at UHI is being offered with the first cohort of students about to graduate this summer. Recruitment is already underway for the session due to start in August but places are still available. The course runs over one academic year and offers:

  • Business Studies
  • Home Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Computing
  • English

More information is available from the UHI website

Dundee University

The Dundee University course is an 18 month programme due to start in December and will offer:

  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Home Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Information is available from the Dundee University website

Drop-in sessions

Information about the Dundee programme is also available at:  

  • Berwickshire High School, Wednesday 13 June, 6.30-8pm
  • Galashiels Academy, Thursday 14 June, 6.30-8pm

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People

“These distance learning opportunities are an innovative and exciting way for anyone who is looking to enter the teaching profession at secondary level.

“What we are looking for is people who have the commitment and dedication to become a first class teaching professional and would welcome hearing from students from a range of backgrounds, from recent graduates who may now want to become a teacher through to mature students looking to make a career change.

“In return, they will be given the learning and support they need to make their dream into a reality, along with the chance of employment at a Borders school on successful completion of their course.

“To find out more, I would encourage people to get in touch with our officers and talk to them about what these two programmes offer. Anyone interested in the Dundee option should come along to one of the drop-in sessions where they can meet with staff and speak with them in person to find out more. 

“I would also suggest that people look at our recruitment video and see for themselves what our teaching staff have told us about some of the reasons they have chosen to become part of our wonderful schools team here in the Borders, and the positive impact that this has had on their careers and professional development. Another incentive is that many of our schools are within easy commuting distance of Edinburgh and the Lothians and with the railway now fully operational, the capital is less than an hour’s journey from the central Borders.”

Watch our teacher recruitment video

More information

For more information, contact SBC’s Senior Lead Education Officer for Professional Learning on 01835 825080.