Taught course


University of the Highlands and Islands · Business and Leisure

Entry requirements

A relevant degree at undergraduate level or above, and ■ English at Scottish Higher level (or equivalent) and ■ Maths at SQA Intermediate 2 (or equivalent) ■ Applicants will be expected to demonstrate experience acquired in an early childhood setting or in a primary school in either a paid or voluntary capacity. ■ Applicants for the Gaelic pathway must be fluent Gaelic speakers

Months of entry


Course content

This course will prepare you for life as a 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 18 weeks in professional practice in schools in the Highlands and Islands and Morayshire. 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 through 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, plus one placement in an English speaking classroom

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

Special features

  • Opportunity to undertake primary teacher training in the Highlands and Islands and Morayshire
  • Gaelic pathway available at Stornoway and Inverness for fluent Gaelic speakers
  • The course will prepare you for life as a reflective professional, supporting high quality learning for the children you teach

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

UHI Information Line
0845 272 3600