Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary)

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Course contact

Course Enquiries Team
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Qualifications and durations

  • Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (full-time)  - 9 months

Start date(s)

  • August

Tuition Fees

Financial support PGDE programmes are funded in the same way as undergraduate programmes. You can apply to SAAS to have tuition fees paid. Eligibility conditions apply; check www.saas.gov.uk for details.
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This qualification gives you the skills, knowledge and experience to build a career as a primary school teacher. Graduates possess the formal pre-requisite teaching qualification necessary for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

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All applicants for PGDE courses should hold a degree that has been validated by a university in the UK or a degree of an equivalent standard from outside the UK. Applicants should also have (preferably a B pass in) Higher English (or equivalent), and be qualified in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5, e.g. National 5 (preferably B pass), Intermediate 2 (preferably B pass) or Standard Grade Credit (1 or 2).

Given the high number of applications (typically 13 for every 1 place on the programme), preference is initially given to candidates who currently have an Honours degree and the required qualifications in English and Mathematics. If you are working towards gaining an Honours degree in session 2016-17, your application may be considered. If you are currently working towards gaining qualifications in English and Mathematics, you are encouraged to apply from September 2017 for entry in session 2018-19.

Applicants are strongly advised to visit the Teaching in Scotland website www.teachinscotland.org for full information on what is required to become a teacher in Scotland.

An offer of a place on this course is made on the basis of your application and successful interview. Interviews will be held on Ayr Campus on the following days: 30 November 2016, 7 December 2016, 18 January 2017, 1 February 2017, and 15 February 2017. It is unlikely that interviews will be held on any other date. Should you be selected for interview, you will be offered a maximum of two interview dates i.e. if you are unable to attend the first date, you will be offered one rescheduled date. All offers will be communicated by 22 February 2017 at the latest.

The PGDE Primary course begins on 14 August 2017.

Teachers in pre-5 and primary education play a key and important role in ensuring children have the best start possible, enabling them to lead successful, happy, productive and balanced lives.

The one-year PGDE (Primary) programme utilises our state-of-theart ICT labs and dedicated teaching rooms. We use our virtual learning environment and Glow, the education network, for delivery and assessment. Workshops, outdoor experiences and learning strategies make this a vibrant learning experience.

Primary school teaching is challenging, exciting and rewarding. Teachers in early learning and childcare and in primary education play a key and important role in ensuring children and young people have the best start possible, enabling them to lead successful, happy, productive and balanced lives. This programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to become an effective primary school teacher. Workshops, outdoor learning experiences, and innovative learning and teaching approaches make this a vibrant learning experience.

Your learning
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The Primary Curriculum module introduces the broad range of subjects that feature in the primary school curriculum. In the first part of the PGDE Primary programme, the focus is on English/Literacy, Health and Wellbeing, and Mathematics/Numeracy. You develop an understanding of, and skills in, the pedagogies relevant to the range of curricular areas.


Lectures and workshops in the School Experience module enable you to develop core teaching skills in planning, teaching, assessment and evaluation strategies, classroom management, and behaviour management.

The third module, School and Professional Studies - jointly delivered with PGDE (Secondary) students - explores contemporary issues in Scottish education. This module is offered at both SCQF levels 10 and 11, giving the option of 40 credits of internationally recognised Masters level study.

You can also undertake an additional 20-credit module at Masters level.

Most UWS graduates remain in mainstream teaching in the UK or abroad. Others work in specialist educational areas including working with children with additional learning support needs, adult training, museums, writing and publishing, health education, curriculum development, and social services. Valuable opportunities for school placement are embedded in the programme, providing hands-on experience to complement your academic studies. Eighteen weeks of school experience placements occur in at least two primary schools/education and childcare settings within local authorities in Scotland. Assessment is based on GTCS Standards for Provisional Registration.

Graduates receive the formal teaching qualification necessary for provisional registration with the GTCS, a requirement for entry into the guaranteed one-year Teacher Induction Scheme.

General Teaching Council for Scotland - UWS

Useful Information

  • 99% of students in work/further study six month after graduating

    PGDE Secondary Teaching qualifications for those interested in a Secondary/High School teaching career are also available.

    If you are considering a career in teaching, you are encouraged to look at this informative site: www.educationscotland.gov.uk

    Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) Successful applicants who gain a place on this programme will need to register on the PVG Scheme, managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland, see www.disclosurescotland.co.uk

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    Financial support
    PGDE programmes are funded in the same way as undergraduate programmes. You can apply to SAAS to have tuition fees paid. Eligibility conditions apply; check www.saas.gov.uk for details.

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