Beyond School

Opportunities for teachers to upskill their language. From further and higher education establishments.

Supporting teachers

"Where the university has a faculty or school of education, the links between the languages departments and the faculty/school is of great importance in taking forward a 1+2 agenda and in reviewing and developing programmes of ITE and CPD in support of the policy."

Language Learning in Scotland: A 1+2 Approach (Scottish Government, 2012)

University of Aberdeen

Gaelic Medium Education, PgCert

This 60-credit programme is run in partnership with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, and is fully-funded by the Scottish Government. It is delivered over an academic year via blended learning, with three face-to-face inputs, telephone tutorials and online support and delivery. Attendance at the face-to-face sessions is mandatory, and there is an ‘attendance’ requirement for telephone tutorials and on-line activity.

The programme covers a range of theoretical, historical and policy perspectives – interpretive, social, creative – relating to immersion and bilingual teaching and the promotion of Gaelic Medium Education.

University of Dundee

Distance Learning Graduate Diplomas for teachers in Spanish, French and German

These 2-Year Graduate Diplomas by Distance Learning for part-time study are accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland. They are ideally suited for Secondary MFL teachers seeking an additional qualification in French, German or Spanish, and also attract a wide range of professionals from across Britain, Europe and beyond.

The Graduate Diplomas aim to provide the challenges of an undergraduate curriculum in the relevant language. At the end of their studies, students achieve an advanced understanding and knowledge of the language being studied.

Through an interdisciplinary process (Teaching Spanish in addition to French for example) and by interacting and exchanging ideas with other students from other parts of the UK, Europe and Overseas, students will be able to develop a critical understanding of their practice and education as a whole.

The Graduate Diplomas carry a rating of 120 SCOTCAT points (SCQF Levels 9-10). The qualification outcome is bench-marked at C1 in the Council of Europe Reference Framework for Languages. Applicants will normally have a pass at Higher level (or equivalent) in the language. This level can be achieved through completion of one of the University of Dundee‘s Distance Learning Intensive or Revision courses Languages | University of Dundee.

The diplomas place emphasis on reflection, inquiry, critical analysis, personal consideration of research findings and actively promotes the values, principles and practices of equality, social justice, integrity, trust and respect, and professional commitment in all areas of work.

Registration of the 2022-2024 Graduate Diplomas (2-Year part-time French, German and Spanish graduate-level diploma courses) is now open. The diplomas start in the week commencing 26 September 2022.

For more information visit the University of Dundee Website, or to discuss any aspects of the courses or your application , please contact

University of Glasgow:

Language courses for post-graduates

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University of Strathclyde

Spanish Language and DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera) preparation courses

The University is a centre for the examination in the Spanish Government’s official Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE - Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera). The exams are the official accreditation for the degree of fluency of the Spanish exams. They’re issued and recognised by the Ministry of Education, Culture & Sport of Spain and are organised by Instituto Cervantes and the University of Salamanca.

New online preparation courses for the DELE exams are available and are aimed at prospective candidates for the DELE exams.

Three year cycles to upskill in Italian and Spanish are offered by University of Strathclyde.

Both options are designed for:

  • secondary school teachers wishing to acquire an additional language
  • teachers of classics
  • primary school teachers
  • musicians
  • a range of professional people with an interest in Italy/Spain and its language

Follow the links below for information on the relevant course:

PGDE Modern Languages Teaching Degree

Open to talented linguists and enthusiastic individuals who are interested in teaching young people their specialism in French, German, Spanish, Italian or Mandarin.

PGDE Gaelic Teacher Training Degree

This course provides an opportunity for Gaelic speakers to train to teach the language in a secondary education environment.


SCILT offers a range of development opportunities for teachers, including:

  • Teachers Learning to Teach Languages (TELT)

  • Scotland's Languages Leadership Programme

  • Bitesize - CLPL on a theme

More information about these intitiatives and others can be found on our Professional Learning pages.

Primary Language Learning for early phase teachers

group at Stirling training session

In recent years, SCILT’s support for student teachers and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) has expanded enormously. SCILT facilitates Primary Language Learning pedagogy courses for primary education students at the Universities of Edinburgh, Stirling, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Universities of Highlands & Islands and Dundee. 

These inputs aim to build the confidence of student teachers, regardless of their level of expertise in another language. The focus is upon embedding language learning in the classroom routine and providing contextualised language learning experiences with the key message are that a little language goes a long way.

photo of PLL session



Feedback from the workshops has been extremely positive with former students recommending the course to others and expressing how useful the content has been in their careers.

At the request of local authorities, SCILT designs and facilitates bespoke PLL inputs of varying length and content for Primary NQTs in Scotland. 

For more information or to book CLPL sessions, please email

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