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Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

PGDE Secondary (Home Economics)

UCAS Code: 0001

Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Scotland)

Entry requirements


Successful applicants must, as a minimum, meet the requirements as set by the Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Courses of Initial Teacher Education in Scotland produced by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), which specifies general entrance requirements for all applicants and subject specific requirements for Secondary applicants. Minimum entry requirements: • a degree validated by a higher education institution in the United Kingdom or a degree of an equivalent standard from an institution outside the United Kingdom • the degree should normally contain 80 SCQF credit points relevant to the teaching qualification being studied • 40 of these credits points must have been studied at SCQF level 8 (or above) from at least two of the following areas: consumer studies, food studies, food or textile technology, nutrition • the other 40 credits are needed in any subject relevant to the Home Economics curriculum in Scottish schools (eg family studies, food sciences, health, hospitality or textile studies PLUS • A National Qualification in English at SCQF Level 6, for example: - Higher English Grade C or; - A Level English, Grade D or; - GCSE English Language AND English Literature, at 4/C IN BOTH or; - Irish Leaving Certificate Higher English at Grade 4/C2. Please note that Higher ESOL is acceptable for entry to PGDE Secondary Education (Home Economics) only. It is not accepted for entry to BA (Hons) Education Studies (Primary). AND • A National Qualification in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5, for example: -Standard Grade/Int 2/National 5 Mathematics Grade C or; -GCSE Mathematics at 4/C or; -Irish Leaving Certificate Mathematics Ordinary Grade 3/B3. Please note National 5 Lifeskills/Applications Mathematics is accepted in place of National 5 Mathematics.

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Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2020

This course will qualify people to teach home economics at secondary school level. The course is designed to attract people with a health sciences, food or science related undergraduate degree who have aspirations to work as home economics teachers in Scotland’s secondary schools.

We aim to attract candidates who are passionate about helping improve young people’s knowledge of food, nutrition and diet and who can help them develop vital skills that will equip them well as they move into adulthood.

At QMU, we have a history of food education dating back to our inception in 1875. The institution that is now QMU was established as the Edinburgh School of Cookery, emerging in a period that was notable for real economic progress, but also characterised by many social and economic divisions and inequalities, as well as widespread poverty. The original institution’s purpose was to address two key problems facing society at that time – improved educational opportunities for women and the need to bring about an improvement in diets, particularly for working class families from poorer backgrounds.

We already have wide-ranging expertise in food related subjects. We offer undergraduate degrees in nutrition; dietetics; biological health sciences; nutrition & food science; and public health nutrition. We offer the UK’s first master’s in Gastronomy. We are well known for our work in food research, and we host the Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation which is helping provide SMEs and national food organisations with research and development, consumer testing and specialist facilities to help them develop their businesses.

This course will also focus on other important areas of health, wellbeing and lifestyle beyond the food related subjects of health, nutrition, food selection and preparation techniques. Areas such as consumer behaviours, motivations and trends; textile technologies and sustainability; as well as global perspectives on lifespan wellbeing, will offer students a well rounded programme which fits well with modern day secondary education and the changing needs of young people.”

We are acutely aware that modern day Scotland continues to struggle with the challenges of poor diet and lifestyle and that there is currently a skills shortage relating to home economics within our secondary schools.

Scottish or EU 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.

Modules

* 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)

Tuition fees

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£9,250
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£9,250
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£1,820
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

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Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Department:

School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management

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