Taught course

Education (Primary)

University of Glasgow · School of Education

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree from a UK university or equivalent. A pass in Higher English or equivalent. A pass in Intermediate 2/Credit Mathematics or equivalent. For secondary education, the degree should contain 80 credit points relevant to the subject chosen, 40 of which at Year 2 or above. Some work experience in a school classroom is also required.

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.

PGDE Primary Education

Entrance to the programme is based on academic qualifications, relevant work experience and performance at interview. The minimum academic entry requirements for 2016 entry for this programme are

  • a degree from a UK university (including non-honours/ordinary degrees) or an equivalent degree qualification from a higher education institution outside of the UK.

  • Higher English at Grade C or above; and
  • Standard Grade Mathematics at Grade 1 or 2.

Note: 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.

Acceptable alternative qualifications in English

  • Communications 4 and Literature 1
  • GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature at Grade C or above
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher English at Grade C3 or above

Acceptable 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

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 or ongoing 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 education-admissions@glasgow.ac.uk

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.

Disclosure Scotland

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


Course content

This is a Masters-level qualification in teacher education.

Why this programme

  • 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 importance of practitioner enquiry. This systematic reflection on teaching in the classroom gives the programme its distinctive Masters character.
  • The programme consists of 18 weeks of study in the University and 18 weeks of school experience in our partner schools.

Programme structure

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.

Career prospects

You will have the General Teaching Council (GTC) for Scotland qualification to pursue teaching roles in schools. Many of our graduates are teaching not only in Scotland’s primary and secondary schools, but throughout the UK and further abroad.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months

Course contact details

Admissions Secretary