Taught course

Education (Primary)

University of Glasgow · School of Education

Entry requirements

The minimum academic entry requirements for admission to a teaching qualification are:

Degree: An undergraduate degree validated by a higher education institution in the United Kingdom or an undergraduate degree of an equivalent standard from a higher education institution outside the United Kingdom. All degree classifications are considered, however, priority is given to candidates with a 1st or 2:1 honours degree.

English: National Qualifications in English at SCQF Level 6 (for example, Higher Grade) or an accepted alternative from the list below.

Mathematics: National Qualifications in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5 (for example, National 5, Standard Grade or Intermediate 2) or an accepted alternative from the list below.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants are required to have met the English and Maths qualifications PRIOR to application. Pending degree qualifications are considered.

Months of entry


Course content

If you are thinking about saying ‘yes’ to making a difference by becoming a teacher, this Masters-level (postgraduate) qualification is the first step on your journey. Successful completion of the postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) at the University of Glasgow will take you to the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s Standard for Provisional Registration. If you are from Scotland, other parts of the UK or the Republic of Ireland, or are in some categories of EU status, you are then eligible to enter the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS). The TIS guarantees a one-year teaching post through which you can achieve GTCS Standard for Full Registration. The GTCS Flexible Route is also open to you.


  • The Master’s level PGDE programme closely integrates 18 weeks of on-campus learning with 18 weeks of school experience, providing the opportunity to develop as an engaged, reflective and enquiring beginning teacher, committed to research-informed professional learning throughout your career.
  • Each element of our PGDE programme, whether University-based or school-based, encourages a research-informed approach, aligning with the criteria articulated in the GTCS Standard for Provisional Registration and the University of Glasgow’s graduate attributes.
  • The programme promotes and upholds values and dispositions consonant with the broad, social purposes of education. It is research-led with a focus on social justice, challenging you to examine your values and beliefs about what it means to be a socially-just and inclusive teacher.

On successful completion of the programme, you will have achieved the General Teaching for Scotland (GTCS) Standard for Provisional Registration. Students from Scotland, the UK, the Republic of Ireland and those who are EU citizens with settled status are eligible for the one-year Teacher Induction Scheme, a guaranteed year of full-time employment to achieve the Standard for Full Registration (SFR), on a probationary salary of £28k. As fully-qualified teachers, having achieved the SFR, many of our graduates are teaching not only in Scotland’s primary and secondary schools, but throughout the UK and further abroad.

In agreement with the Scottish Government, the School of Education, through the St Andrew’s Foundation, provides for the preparation of students to teach in Catholic Schools in Scotland. The PGDE Primary Programme offers a route that incorporates the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDE
    full time
    10 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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