PGDE Secondary (Home Economics) at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS

Course summary

Are you passionate about helping young people build a better future? This course will prepare you as a teacher to inspire students to care about their own wellbeing and that of ­others. This is about more than reinventing how young ­people learn to cook. Through practical classroom experience and research-driven academic learning you will learn how to help young people become ­citizens of a planet in which food security is under threat, resources are finite and health challenges persist. The curriculum aims to develop knowledgeable consumers with an awareness of global citizenship and its responsibilities. The world needs people who are able to make sound judgements, appreciating the impact that developments in technology, materials and resources have on their choices and wellbeing. You will be encouraged to interrogate prevailing assumptions, practices and policy. You will explore interconnected topics including food poverty, body image, eating disorders and social media, and debate issues such as the impact of food bank use on people and their communities and how we can understand the obesity-poverty paradox. The course will collaborate with local organisations and charities so you can gain hands-on experience and real-world knowledge. School counsellors, school nurses and other health ­specialists will run workshops on topics including cyber bullying, child exploitation, neglect, welfare and rights. You will be studying at a university that has an unrivalled history of teaching this subject – the institution that is now QMU was established in 1875 as the Edinburgh School of Cookery. Its original purpose was to address two key problems facing society at that time – improving educational opportunities for women and the need to bring about an improvement in diets, particularly for working-class families from poorer backgrounds. We were progressive and inclusive then and we are proud to still be so today. At QMU we also offer courses in health sciences, ­gastronomy and nutrition, and on this interdisciplinary PGDE course you will learn additional skills from our experts in these fields. Scottish students will be guaranteed a job for one year in a Scottish school following graduation as part of the GTCS Teacher Induction Scheme. After graduating, candidates register with the GTCS for provisional registration and on successful completion of a probationary teaching year will be awarded full registration.


  • Reflective and Critical Practice (Placement Modules) (40 credits)
  • Home Economics in the 21st Century (40 credits)
  • Education: Theory, Practice and Research 1 (20 credits)
* Education: Theory, Practice and Research 2 (20 credits)

Assessment method

School placements will account for some of the contact hours. You will undertake independent learning tasks and student-led lectures, presentations, debates, seminars and practicums.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • General Teaching Council for Scotland

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Secondary

How to apply

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Queen Margaret University
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)



By law graduates of this course must register with the GTCS before they can be employed as a teacher in a Scottish education authority nursery, primary, secondary or special school. A teacher’s fitness to teach (ie in term of conduct) will be considered at the point of application for registration.

English language requirements

IELTS with an overall score equivalent to 6.5 and with no individual component less than 6.0.

QMU English Language Requirements

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £8000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students from England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Republic of Ireland: full-time Rest of UK fees will be charged for the first three years of study. The fourth year is free.
PGDE Secondary (Home Economics) at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS