Modern Studies


Become a Modern Studies teacher

A Modern Studies teacher shines a light on the world and helps their pupils understand the sometimes complex political and social issues that shape lives here in Scotland and further afield.

 It’s a subject area that examines the impact of economics and politics at a local, national and international level. Your pupils will learn how different cultures and countries are impacted by different policies.

Most importantly, you will make current affairs arresting and compelling, and help your pupils become well-informed and socially-aware individuals.

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"I teach to raise attainment for all, increase political literacy and ultimately be a difference-maker. " Thomas Robertson – Modern Studies and Politics Teacher at St Andrews RC Secondary School

What being a Modern Studies teacher covers:

  • Organising and setting lessons
  • Monitoring the progress of pupils, through coursework and homework
  • Working with pupils to guide their development and share that progress with parents and caregivers
  • Planning, supervising and leading study trips.

Take that next step into Modern Studies

It’s a career choice that comes with a good starting salary and great opportunities for progression. To begin your journey, you need to have a relevant social studies degree plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).

This subject, as with others in the Curriculum for Excellence, can be delivered through Gaelic Medium Education. There are lots of benefits to teaching in Gaelic and we have more information about how to take this route into teaching.

PGDE university courses

Here are the universities you can study for a PGDE in Modern Studies at secondary level. Entry requirements vary so it’s best to check with the course provider for the most up-to-date information.

The University of Strathclyde also offer a pathway into Gaelic Medium Education. Find out more about the opportunities and benefits of teaching in Gaelic.

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