Taught course

Primary Education

University of the West of Scotland · School of Education

Entry requirements

All applicants for PGDE courses should hold a degree that has been validated by a university in the UK or a degree of an equivalent standard from outside the UK plus have Higher English at Grade C or above (or equivalent). Applicants must also be qualified in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5 (e.g. National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit). Applicants are strongly advised to visit the Teaching in Scotland website www.teachinscotland.org for full information on what is required to become a teacher in Scotland. An offer of a place on this course is made on the basis of your application and successful interview. Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

With a strong practical bias, this programme provides the formal teaching qualification for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), preparing you for a primary school teaching career.

About the programme Teachers in pre-5 and primary education play a key and important role in ensuring children have the best start possible, enabling them to lead successful, happy, productive and balanced lives. The one-year PGDE (Primary) programme utilises our state-of-theart ICT labs and dedicated teaching rooms. We use our virtual learning environment and Glow, the education network, for delivery and assessment. Workshops, outdoor experiences and learning strategies make this a vibrant learning experience.

Practical experience Eighteen weeks of school experience placements occur in at least two schools. Assessment is based on GTCS standards.

Your learning Module one introduces the broad range of subjects that underpin the primary curriculum (Curriculum for Excellence) with a focus on mathematics and literacy. Module two develops teaching skills at pre-5 and all stages of primary. Workshops focus on core skills in classroom management, planning, teaching, assessment and evaluation strategies, and behaviour management. Module three, jointly delivered with PGDE (Secondary) students, explores contemporary issues in Scottish education. This module is offered at both SCQF levels 10 and 11, giving the option of 40 credits of internationally recognised Masters level study. You can also undertake an additional 20-credit module at Masters level.

Our Careers Adviser says Most UWS graduates remain in mainstream teaching in the UK or abroad. Others work in specialist educational areas including working with children with additional learning support needs, adult training, museums, writing and publishing, health education, curriculum development, and social services.

Professional recognition Graduates receive the formal teaching qualification necessary for provisional registration with the GTCS, a requirement for entry into the guaranteed one-year Teacher Induction Scheme

Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) Successful applicants who gain a place on this programme will need to register on the PVG Scheme, managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland, see www.disclosurescotland.co.uk

Information for international students

For more information please visit - www.uws.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

For more information please visit - www.uws.ac.uk/fundingadvice

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)