Taught course

Primary Teaching in English or Gaelic

University of the Highlands and Islands · Arts, Humanities and Business

Entry requirements

A degree at undergraduate level or above, preference will be given to those possessing a degree at Honours level, though consideration will also be given to those holding ordinary degrees,PLUS: English: Scottish Higher level grade C or above; OR A level at grade D; OR GCSE English Language (B) and English Literature (B); or equivalent; AND Maths or Lifeskills Maths: National 5 at grade C or above; OR SQA Intermediate 2 or Standard grade Credit; OR GCSE Mathematics (Grade B or above) or equivalent. Relevant experience already gained and given expression in the applicant's accompanying personal statement will be taken into consideration. Applicants for the Gaelic pathway must be fluent Gaelic speakers. Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course.

Applications for the PGDE in Primary Education must be made through the main UCAS scheme in the same way as undergraduate programmes, and not through UCAS Teacher Training. This applies to all institutions in Scotland delivering the PGDE. Please note that this course does not accept applications for deferred entry. Applicants must provide details of their degree, English and Maths qualifications within the application, failure to do so will lead to automatic rejection. Application deadlines include submission of references. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that referees are aware of the deadlines and that the application is submitted fully prior to the relevant deadline.

Months of entry


Course content

Applications for PGDE Primary Teaching in English are now closed for 2017/18
if you are still interested in applying for 2017 please check our website after 10 May when places may have become available.

The PGDE Primary Teaching (Gaelic) still has vacancies for 2017/18

This course will prepare you for life as a primary teacher, with the skills and knowledge, to influence the lives of children you teach.

The 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 will be able to choose from two pathways, English and Gaelic.

If you wish to apply for the Gaelic pathway you must be a fluent Gaelic speaker, your language proficiency will be assessed at interview. On this pathway, parts of the course are delivered through the medium of Gaelic and you will complete the majority of your school practice in a Gaelic setting.

Graduates of the course will hold provisional registration as a primary teacher with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Further information about studying on our PGDE programmes.

Special features

Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

Opportunity to follow a teacher education programme across the Highlands and Islands

Gaelic pathway available at Argyll College UHI, Oban; Inverness College UHI; Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway for fluent Gaelic speakers
The course will prepare you for life as a reflective professional, supporting high quality learning for the children you teach
For the taught element of the course, you will study through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures, and online study through the UHI virtual learning environment (VLE)
The practical element takes place in schools

Applications must be made through the main UCAS scheme in the same way as undergraduate programmes.


Taught modules:

  • The critical and enquiring professional
  • Children and their curriculum
  • Children and their learning
  • Professional practice

Plus professional practice in schools in Argyll and Bute, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Highland, Moray, Orkney Perth and KInross and Shetland.

This course is available at:

Argyll College UHI, Oban - (English and Gaelic pathway available)

Inverness College UHI, 1 Inverness Campus, Inverness, IV2 5NA - (English and Gaelic pathway available)

Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR - (English and Gaelic pathway available)

Moray College UHI, Moray Street, Elgin, IV30 1JJ

North Highland College UHI, Ormlie Road, Thurso, KW14 7EE

Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1LX

Perth College UHI, Crieff Road, Perth, PH1 2NX - subject to approval

Shetland College UHI, Gremista, Lerwick, ZE1 0PX

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the Apply button above which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select our Apply tab to complete the online application.

If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links below or call on 0845 272 3600.

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Information for international students

This course is not available to International Students

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2017/18: Scottish (inc EU) £1820, Rest of UK £8000.

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan

For a comprehensive list of other funding opportunities available at the university, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Information Line
0845 272 3600