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.

Months of entry


Course content

Applications for PGDE Primary Teaching in English are now closed for 2016/17

The PGDE Primary Teaching (Gaelic) still has vacancies for 2016/17

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.

Special features

  • Opportunity to follow a teacher education programme across the Highlands and Islands
  • Gaelic pathway available at Inverness College UHI; Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway;and Argyll College UHI, Oban 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.

Where can I study my course?

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 and Shetland.

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 Scottish and EU £1820, Rest of UK £8000

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying. Students who are resident and studying in Scotland can apply for their fees to be paid by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). SAAS will determine eligibility.

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Information Line
0845 272 3600