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PGDE Mathematics

If you are thinking of retraining as a Mathematics teacher, then this opportunity could be for you. The Open University offers a route to obtaining a qualification to teach Mathematics in Scottish secondary schools which is designed for people who are unable to access conventional full time face-to-face higher education. The programme has been in place since 2006 and the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) has paid tuition fees for eligible students.

The Open University Professional Graduate Diploma in Mathematics (PGDE) can be completed in either one year (full time) or two years (part-time); you can choose the option which best suits your circumstances. The course comes with the full support of an Open University tutor as well as a mentor in your placement schools. Practical placements in secondary schools will be arranged within each student's local area via local authorities.

To be accepted onto the programme you need to have:

  • a Mathematics degree, OR
  • a degree that includes the required amount and level of Mathematics study (normally 80 points, 40 of which must be at SCQF level 8 or above) AND
  • Higher Grade English (or equivalent)

To apply, download our information pack and return your signed application and criminal declaration form in hard copy by Friday 22 March 2013.

If you have any queries please email us at or call us on 0131 549 7929.

Further information can be found at PGDE or PGDE: Mathematics