Taught course

Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary)

University of Edinburgh · The Moray House of School of Education

Entry requirements

The qualifications for admission to the PGDE (Primary) are:

- a degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or degree of an equivalent standard from an institution outwith the UK;

- SQA Higher Grade pass at levels A, B, C (or equivalent) in English or GCSE English (Language) and English Literature both at C or better;

- SQA Standard Grade (Credit Level 1 or 2) pass in Mathematics, GCSE Mathematics B pass or better, or equivalent

More detailed entry requirements (and alternatives) can be found here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/education/undergraduate/pgde/primary

Selection involves a professional interview.

Because of the high number of applicants for this programme who have academic qualifications significantly above the minimum, it is likely that not all qualified applicants will be invited to participate in face-to-face selection.

Applicants are also expected to have experience working with children in an employment or volunteering capacity and an ability to reflect thoughtfully on that experience. Evidence of sustained personal interests relevant to the primary school curriculum is desirable.

Applications must be made through UCAS at: http://www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training

Months of entry


Course content

This 36-week primary programme is intensive, with half of your time spent studying on campus, and the other half in placements in schools.

For graduates wishing to enter the teaching profession in Scotland at primary level, we offer the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education.

The one-year programme is the Scottish route to qualified teacher status. We aim to produce successful, reflective teachers, sensitive to the demands of pupils, responsive to changes within the education system and committed to their own continuing professional development.

Courses involve learning in the domains of educational theory and practice, ensuring that you are well prepared to take on the professional role of a student teacher on placement.

There is an emphasis on the development of collaborative working skills in problem-based learning contexts.

Fees and funding

Visit our Scholarships and Student Finance Office at http://www.scholarships.ed.ac.uk/ for information about funding opportunities.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

PGDE Admissions
+44 (0) 131 651 3146