PGDE Secondary (Business Education) at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS

Course summary

Are you are a graduate in a related degree to Accounting, Economics or Business Management? Are you looking for an inspiring, challenging and socially empowering career? Our one-year PGDE Secondary (Business Education) course will prepare you to teach Business Education in Scottish Secondary Schools and beyond, providing you with an internationally recognised Secondary teaching qualification. If you are passionate about Business Education especially with a social justice, sustainability and health and wellbeing agenda, then there has never been a more important time to learn the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to enable you to transform young lives as you learn how to evaluate the social, ethical, and global factors that affect local, national, and multinational organisations. As a graduate of our unique course, you will help to prepare young people to face the challenges of 21st century citizenship in these fast-changing times. The PGDE Secondary (Business Education) course will engage you in a critical understanding of contemporary ‘real world’ issues. You will learn how to underpin your inclusive practices with key themes of social justice, sustainability and health and wellbeing and consider critically children’s rights and how to plan for inclusive practices which enable all young people to participate. More generally, you will learn how to engage young persons in ICT for business contexts, in effective communications strategies, develop their financial awareness and understanding of human relations strategies as well as developing their knowledge of enterprising life and employability skills all necessary for participation in twenty-first century global citizenship. Researching theories of leadership and organisational learning and change will also enable you to engage young persons in the skills of independent learning, research, critical analysis and problem solving. You will also learn about the role you can play as a Business Education teacher to drive forward the discipline within its contemporary social, cultural, and political contexts. Professional enquiry is an important aspect of the teacher’s role. On our course we will teach you how to conduct research in your classroom to enable you to make evidence-based decisions in support of pupils’ learning.


  • Reflective and Critical Practice (Placement Modules) (40 credits)
  • Business Education 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 (Business Education) at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS