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Teaching Qualification (Practitioner Route) PGDip

University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Diploma

  • Location

    Perth College UHI

  • Study mode

    Blended learning

  • Start date

    SEP-21, JAN-22, FEB-22

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

What is special about this course?

The PgDip TQPR is specifically for teachers working in Independent Schools in Scotland who currently do not possess a formal teaching qualification and are therefore not eligible for Full Registration with the General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS). The programme has been co-designed with the Scottish Council for Independent Schools (SCIS) to offer a contextualised route for teaching staff in Independent Schools in Scotland, to enable them to achieve a GTCS-accredited Initial Teacher Education award, which meets the conditions outlined by GTCS in response to their application for Full Registration.

This new programme is contemporary in structure and aims to develop and enhance classroom practice while equipping participants with an enquiring stance in education. It promotes collaborative engagement and enables participants to engage in relevant, professional learning over 2 years on a part-time, on-line basis which takes cognisance of the current and future demands on those in the teaching profession.

Special features

  • The programme leads to full GTCS registration, for those participants who hold the required GTCS academic qualifications, allowing teachers the option to progress their career in the independent or maintained sector.
  • Participants who complete the diploma programme will have achieved 120 masters credits with the option to undertake further study (60 credits) to achieve a full Masters degree in Education.
  • The programme is generic and offers flexibility thus ensuring it is equally relevant to the primary and secondary contexts.
  • The programme acknowledges the teaching experience and prior professional learning of participants.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course you will be eligible for Full Registration with the GTCS, subject to holding the required GTCS academic qualifications. This will enable you to progress your career in either the independent or maintained sectors.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 5,880per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

  • Campus address

    University of the Highlands and Islands, UHI Executive Office, Ness Walk, Inverness, Highland, IV3 5SQ, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    72nd out of 81 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    109 55%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.20 84%



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