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Applicants should hold a degree at undergraduate level. An honours degree at 2:2 or above is preferred, as the teaching on the course sits at honours and masters level
Applications will be considered from those not holding honours who are able to evidence sufficient academic capacity to undertake the course, by providing a transcript of the degree
In addition to the above, applicants must hold:
- Scottish Higher (C or above), OR
- A level (D or above), OR
- GCSE English Language (C/4 or above) and English Literature (C/4 or above) or equivalent, PLUS
Mathematics or Applications for Mathematics:
- National 5 (C or above), OR
- SQA Intermediate 2 (C or above) or Standard grade Credit OR
- GCSE Mathematics (Grade C/4 or above) or equivalent
We recognise the current difficulties in gaining direct work or voluntary experience with primary-aged children. We expect your personal statement and supporting reference to clearly demonstrate what has informed your sense of readiness to apply now to become a primary teacher.
Months of entry
The Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) consists of 18 weeks study at the university, plus 19 weeks in professional practice in schools. The placements in schools are arranged nationally and you will be placed in schools within travelling distance of your home or term-time address.
You must be a fluent Gaelic speaker at the start of this course and your language proficiency will be assessed at interview. Parts of the course are delivered through the medium of Gaelic and you will complete the majority of your school practice in classes that provide Gaelic Medium Education.
The Gaelic medium pathway is offered in partnership with Argyll and Bute, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Highland, and Perth and Kinross Councils, each working with the university through the relevant local campus at:
- Argyll College UHI
- Inverness College UHI
- Lews Castle College UHI
- Perth College UHI
- Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI
- West Highland College UHI
You will be required to have a home or term-time address in the local authority area of your chosen campus. Graduates of the course will hold provisional registration as a primary teacher with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
You will benefit from studying in small, locally based groups while collaborating remotely with other student teachers and tutors across the university’s network of colleges. The course is taught with the PGDE Primary (English medium) and overlaps significantly with the PGDE Secondary to offer a cross-sector perspective.
A mandatory three-day residential induction is held at the start of the course with a further one in March which focuses on outdoor learning. Each local cohort will also organise a showcase event at the end of the course, as part of developing leadership.
- The course will prepare you for life as a reflective professional, supporting high quality learning for the children you teach
- The course also offers the option of gaining up to 40 masters level credits by submission of assignments at SCQF level 11
- Where possible, professional practice will take place in primary schools offering Gaelic-medium education
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- 01463 279190