Primary and secondary teacher education opportunity for graduates

Published: 9th October 2019

Five women in graduation robes beside a river with trees in the background
Students taking part in the UHI learning opportunity at their graduation ceremony

We are looking to hear from graduates living in the Borders who would be interested in a qualification that would allow them to gain GTCS registration as a primary or secondary teacher.

The opportunity is being provided through a partnership agreement with the University of Highlands and Islands (UHI) who offer a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary or Secondary) programmes for graduates with a degree.

Criteria to apply to the programme

  • An Honours degree at 2:2 or above is preferred as the programme sits at Honours and Masters levels. Before commencing the programme applicants must hold National 5 Mathematics and Higher English (or accepted equivalents).
  • Applicants should have recent voluntary or work experience with children or young people and be able to demonstrate their suitability to become a teacher. Please note that for secondary there are specific entry guidelines for individual subjects.
  • The programme is full time for one year with students required to carry out online, collaborative and individual study over 18 weeks based at the Langlee CPD Centre in Galashiels, interspersed with four school placements in three different schools. 

In return, students will be provided with a learning base at Langlee, online learning facilities, access to video conferencing, school placements within the Scottish Borders and access to local and UHI tutor support.

Upon completion of the programme, they will be eligible to apply for the GTCS Teacher Induction Scheme to be offered a year’s probationer teacher position at one of our schools. Following completion of this, students will be entitled to apply for posts within the Council.

Find out more at one of our drop-in sessions

We're holding drop in sessions for anyone who is interested in finding out more: 

  • 22 October; 6-7pm; Kingsland Primary School, Neidpath Road, Peebles EH45 8NN
  • 23 October; 6-7pm; Langlee CPD Centre, Marigold Drive, Galashiels TD1 2LP
  • 31 October; 6-7pm; Kelso High School, Angraflat Road, Kelso TD5 7NL

Information is also available the UHI website below, or our Quality Improvement Officer Professional Learning and Development on 01835 825108.

The closing date for applications for the August 2020 academic year is 15 January 2020.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People

“This will be the fourth year we have offered the secondary programme and the second we have opened it up to graduates looking to become a primary teacher. It is proving to be an extremely effective and successful way for us to encourage high quality teaching staff to join our schools team, with students who have already completed the course being extremely positive about its benefits, particularly the way it has allowed them to study and work within their own local area, and of course go on to apply for full time positions within a Borders school.

“It really is an exciting and innovative way for anyone with a relevant degree and the ambition to become a teacher to enter the profession, and I would encourage anyone who wants to be part of our forward thinking schools team to get in touch with us to find out more, ideally by coming along to one of our drop-in sessions where they will be able to speak to not only members of our schools team but also students who have already taken part in and benefitted from the programme.”

More information

Images of our PDGE students are available on our Flickr page.