Applications to PGDE must be made through UCAS
PGDE Primary Education
All applications to this programme will be assessed based on academic qualifications and relevant work experience as demonstrated through the Personal Statement.
Applicants may be invited for interview. Applicants with excellent qualifications and significant work experience with children and/or young people may be made an offer without being interviewed.
Academic Entry Requirements:
- Applicants must have graduated (or completing in the current year) with a degree from a UK University or an equivalent degree qualification from a higher education institution outside of the UK. Whilst all degree classifications will be considered (including non-honours/ordinary degrees), priority will be given to applicants who have attained (or are on track to attain in the current year) a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent).
- All applicants must have achieved a MINIMUM of English at Higher Grade C and Maths at National 5 Grade C PRIOR to their application being considered. Applications will be rejected if these minimum qualifications have not been attained prior to application. Attainment of the minimum entry qualifications does not guarantee that the application will progress. Priority will be given to applicants who have exceeded the minimum requirements and in particular to applicants who have attained English at Higher Grade B (or above) and Higher Grade C (or above) in Mathematics.
Acceptable alternative qualifications in English
- Communications 4 and Literature 1
- GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature at Grade B or above
- Irish Leaving Certificate Higher English at Grade H3 or above
- SCQF 6 English Access Course offered by the University of Aberdeen
Acceptial alternative qualifications in Mathematics
- Intermediate Level 2 Mathematics at Grade C or above
- GCSE Mathematics at Grade B or above
- Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Mathematics at Grade B3 or above
- National 5 Maths or National 5 Lifeskills Maths at grade C or above
- SCQF 6 Mathematics Access Course offered by the University of Aberdeen
Note: We will accept alternate International qualifications in English and Mathematics where evidence is provided via NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre).For older qualifications see Appendix D of the Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Programmes of ITE in Scotland.
Evidence of completed qualifications
At the point of submitting your application, it is highly recommended that you have included all your qualifications at that time, including High School Maths and English on the UCAS application form. If you have omitted any qualifications, there will be a delay in processing your application. We do allow 7 days from submitting your application for you to forward missing documents by email to email@example.com
Due to the competitive nature of this course and the high volume of applications received, unfortunately if we do not receive the required documents within the 7-day timescale, your application will be rejected.
Teaching in Catholic schools
The Scottish Government expects the School of Education to provide numbers of teachers to teach in Catholic schools in Scotland. This particular programme provides support for, and emphasis on, the initial teacher education of those who intend to teach in Catholic schools. The design of the programme necessarily reflects the denominational sector requirements and prospective applicants should consider this before applying. The School welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. In the selection procedures for interview, priority is given to those who indicated, in their personal statement, their intention to teach in Catholic schools and to seek the Catholic Teacher's Certificate in Religious Education.
If you are accepted to the PGDE you must undertake a Criminal Conviction check prior to enrolment. It is your responsibility to pay for the check.
Fitness to Practise
Where a programme of study requires the student to act in the course of practical training in a quasi-professional role in relation to patients, children, clients or service-users or where the qualification provides a direct licence to practise, the University has a duty to ensure that the student is fit to practise. Fitness to Practise is assessed not only in terms of academic attainment but also in accordance with relevant professional standards and expectations. Students registered to study on initial teacher education degrees are subject to separate Fitness to Practise procedures. A copy of the Faculty Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise will be made available to students on the PGDE programme.
Months of entry
This is a Masters-level qualification in teacher education.
- The programme consists of 18 weeks study in the University and 18 weeks of school experience in our partner schools.
- If you are an aspiring teacher, this programme will provide you with the knowledge, skills and values you need to become the committed professional necessary for today’s schools.
- As well as offering courses in educational and curricular issues, the programme also highlights the
The programme will prepare you to meet the demands of the profession through the following areas of study:
- Understanding learning and teaching
- Learning and teaching in the primary curriculum
- Professional enquiry
- School placements.
We also offer the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate in Religious Education.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Further details of qualification
The Postgraduate Diploma in Education is a Masters-level qualification in teacher education.
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions