Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary)
With a strong practical bias, this
programme provides the formal
teaching qualification for provisional
registration with the General
Teaching Council for Scotland
(GTCS), preparing you for a
primary school teaching career.
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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.
Module one introduces the broad
range of subjects that underpin
the primary curriculum (Curriculum
for Excellence) with a focus on
mathematics and literacy.
Module two develops teaching skills
at pre-5 and all stages of primary.
Workshops focus on core skills in
classroom management, planning,
teaching, assessment and evaluation
strategies, and behaviour management.
Module three, 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.
Eighteen weeks of school experience placements occur in at least two schools. Assessment is based on GTCS standards.
Graduates receive the formal
teaching qualification necessary
for provisional registration with the
GTCS, a requirement for entry into the
guaranteed one-year Teacher Induction