Education (Primary/Secondary) PGDE

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This is a Masters-level qualification in teacher education.

Key facts

Why Glasgow

  • If you are an aspiring teacher, this programme will provide you with the knowledge, skills and values you need to become the committed professional necessary for today’s schools.
  • As well as offering courses in educational and curricular issues, the programme also highlights the importance of practitioner enquiry. This systematic reflection on teaching in the classroom gives the programme its distinctive Masters character.
  • The programme consists of 18 weeks of study in the University and 18 weeks of school experience in our partner schools. Within the programme there are separate pathways you can take for qualification as a primary teacher or as a secondary teacher.

Programme structure

The programme will prepare you to meet the demands of the profession through the following areas of study

  • Understanding learning and teaching
  • Learning and teaching in the primary curriculum OR Learning and teaching in the secondary curriculum
  • Professional enquiry
  • Religious education (students who complete this course will be awarded the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate in Religious  Education).

Secondary teaching qualifications are offered in the following subjects

  • Art and design
  • Biology
  • Business education
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern languages (French, French with Spanish, French with Italian, French with German, Spanish with French)
  • Modern studies
  • Physics
  • Religious education.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2015

A bachelor degree from a UK university or equivalent. A pass in Higher English or equivalent. A pass in Intemediate 2/Credit Mathematics or equivalent. For secondary education, the degree should contain 80 credit points relevant to the subject chosen, 40 of which at Year 2 or above. Some work experience in a school classroom is also required.

The Scottish Government expects the School of Education to provide numbers of teachers to teach in Catholic schools in Scotland. This particular programme provides support for, and emphasis on, the initial teacher education of those who intend to teach in Catholic schools. The design of the programme necessarily reflects the denominational sector requirements and prospective applicants should consider this before applying. The School welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. In the selection procedures for interview, priority is given to those who indicated, in their personal statement, their intention to teach in Catholic schools and to seek the Catholic Teacher's Certificate in Religious Education.

PGDE Primary Education

Entrance to the programme is based on academic qualifications, relevant work experience and performance at interview. The minimum academic entry requirements for 2014 entry for this programme are

  • a degree from a UK university (including non-honours/ordinary degrees) or an equivalent degree qualification from a higher education institution outside of the UK. 
     
    and
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  • Higher English at Grade C or above; and
  • Standard Grade Mathematics at Grade 1 or 2.

Note: Because of the high number of applicants for this programme who have academic qualifications significantly above the minimum, it is likely that not all qualified applicants will be invited to participate in face-to-face selection.

Acceptable alternative qualifications in English

  • Communications 4 and Literature 1
  • GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature at Grade C or above
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher English at Grade C3 or above

Acceptable alternative qualifications in Mathematics

  • Intermediate Level 2 Mathematics at Grade C or above
  • GCSE Mathematics at Grade B or above
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Mathematics at Grade B3 or above
  • National 5 Maths or National 5 Lifeskills Maths at grade C or above

Note: We will accept alternate International qualifications in English and Mathematics where evidence is provided via NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre).

For older qualifacations see Appendix D of the Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Porgrammes of ITE in Scotland.

PGDE Secondary Education

Entrance to the programme is based on academic qualifications and performance at interview. The academic entry requirements for 2014 entry are:

  • a degree from a UK university (including non-honours/ordinary degrees) or an equivalent degree qualification from a higher education institution outside of the UK. The degree should contain 80 credit points overall in the subject which you intend to teach, of which 40 must be at Year 2 level or above. See below for specific subject requirements.

    Top-up courses will be allowed. A maximum of 30 top-up credits will be allowed and they must be obtained before entering a PGDE course. For further information you should refer to the memorandum on entry requirements.

and

  • Higher English at Grade C or above
  • Standard Grade Mathematics at Grade 1 or 2

Acceptable alternative qualifications in English

  • Communications 4 and Literature 1
  • GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature at Grade C or above
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher English at Grade C3 or above

Acceptable alternative qualifications in Mathematics

  • Intermediate Level 2 Mathematics at Grade C or above
  • GCSE Mathematics at Grade B or above
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary mathematics at Grade B3 or above
  • National 5 Maths or National 5 Lifeskills Maths at grade C or above

Note: We will accept alternate International qualifications in English and Mathematics where evidence is provided via NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre).

For older qualifacations see Appendix D of the Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Porgrammes of ITE in Scotland.

Degree Requirements

The degree requirements for the PGDE Secondary Education are based on credits – this is because credits are standard across all Scottish universities. A credit point is a measure of the amount of learning you have done. To find out more about the credit point breakdown of your degree, look at your degree transcript.

The degree should normally contain 80 credit points relevant to the subject you want to teach, including 40 credit points at second year undergraduate level or above.  However, some subjects have very specific demands.

Specific subject requirements

The following subjects have specific requirements

Art & Design

You will need good academic grades and a degree with at least 80 credit points, covering both Fine Art and Design, from a range of the following practical subjects: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Textiles, Photography or Environmental Art.

Biology

You will need a degree with 80 credit points, 40 of these credit points must be at Year 2 Level. These 80 credits should come from subjects such as Animal Biology, Biochemistry, Human Biology or Biomolecular Sciences. Applicants with a recent Honours degree preferred.

Business Education

You must have a contemporary* Business related degree with at least 20 credits in each of the following subjects: Accounting, Economics, Information Technology and Business Management with 40 of the credits coming from SCQF level 8 (2nd year) or above.

For each area you need to have covered the following detailed content; 
Economics - macro and micro economics theory
; Accounting – financial accounting, management accounting and double entry book-keeping; 
IT - Databases, Spreadsheets, Office IT
; Business Management - Marketing, Human Resources, Management Theory, etc. (Sample).

* graduated within the last 15 years

Chemistry

You will need a degree with 80 credit points, 40 of these credit points must be at Year 2 Level. Courses should include organic, physical and inorganic chemistry. Applicants with a recent Honours degree preferred.

Computing

You will need a degree with 80 credit points, 40 of these credit points must be at Year 2 Level or above from at least two of the following: Computer Systems, Software Development, Databases or Information Systems.

You will also need 40 credits in a computing subject relevant to the Computing curriculum taught in Scottish schools.

English

You will need a degree with at least 80 credit points in English. At least 40 of these credit points must be in English or Scottish Literature. Applicants with a recent Honours degree in English preferred. 

Geography

You will need a degree with at least 80 credit points, 40 of these credit points must be at Year 2 Level or above.  The 80 credits should cover a range of courses from Physical Geography, Human Geography and Environmental Geography.

History

You will need a degree with at least 80 credit points. The  80 credits should come from a range of subjects such as British History, European History, World History and Scottish History.

Mathematics

You will need a degree with at least 80 credit points of maths related subject such as Algebra, Analysis, Calculus, Geometry, Statistics, Differential Equations or Probability.

Modern Foreign Languages

1. Entry requirements for first language

  • a degree with at least 80 credit points in the first language you want to teach
  • before starting the course, you must have lived for six months in a country where the language is spoken
  • you will have to prove to the University that you are competent at speaking the language

The scope of your language degree must allow you to contribute to wider programmes of study in schools – such as literature, cultural studies, area studies or languages in work.

While you lived abroad, you must have taken full part in the language and culture of the country. You must normally have lived in the country for blocks of at least three months. So if you have spent one of your study years abroad, you will be fine.

2. Entry requirements for second languages

  • a degree with at least 80 credit points in the second language you want to teach
  • before starting the course, you must have lived for at least three months in a country where the language is spoken
  • you will have to prove to the university that you are competent at speaking the language

Of course, you will also meet all the requirements for your first foreign language.

The scope of your language degree must allow you to contribute to wider programmes of study in schools – such as literature, cultural studies, area studies or languages in work.

While living abroad the applicant must have fully taken part in the language and culture of the relevant country. The period of three months must either be consecutive or in blocks of at least four weeks.

While you lived abroad you must have taken full part in the language and culture of the relevant country. The period of three months must either be consecutive or in block of at least four weeks.

If you have any questions about the registration and residency requirements for second languages, get in touch with the GTCS.

3. Native speakers of a modern foreign language

If you are a native speaker of a modern foreign language and you have a degree in your own language, you may be qualified to train to teach that language. Your degree must meet the requirements outlined above (entry requirements for first language).

If you are a native speaker and have a degree in an additional language which meets these requirements, you may train to teach that language as well as your mother tongue. For example, a French student with a degree in German can train to teach German and French.

Modern Studies

You must have a degree with at least 80 credit points from two of the subjects listed below. Within these 80 credit points at least 40 must be from either Politics or Sociology.

  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History or Economic History
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Social Policy

Physics

You will need a degree with at least 80 credit points from a range of the following subjects: Electricity and Magnetism, Electronics, Optics, Mechanics, Dynamics, Nuclear and Atomic Physics.

Religious Education

You will need a degree with at least 80 credit points, At least 40 of these credit points must be in Religious studies or Theology.

Disclosure Scotland

If you are accepted to the PGDE you must undertake a Criminal Conviction check prior to enrolment. It is your responsibility to pay for the check.

Fitness to Practise

Where a programme of study requires the student to act in the course of practical training in a quasi-professional role in relation to patients, children, clients or service-users or where the qualification provides a direct licence to practise, the University has a duty to ensure that the student is fit to practise. Fitness to Practise is assessed not only in terms of academic attainment but also in accordance with relevant professional standards and expectations. Students registered to study on initial teacher education degrees are subject to separate Fitness to Practise procedures. A copy of the Faculty Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise will be made available to students on the PGDE programme.

Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

* Please note that TOEFL has now been removed from the approved list of English tests by the Home Office and TOEFL tests taken on or after 17 April 2014 will no longer normally be accepted for UK visa applications. However, the University as an HEI can still choose to accept TOEFL tests for admission to degree level courses and so TOEFL tests can still be accepted as normal for this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2014-15 (subject to change and for guidance only)

PGDE

International
Full time fee£13750

Scottish and EU fees - £1820; Rest of UK fees - £6750

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

You will have the General Teaching Council for Scotland qualification to pursue teaching roles in primary and secondary schools.

How to apply

Applications must be made online through the UCAS website: www.ucas.com 

For Postgraduate (PGDE) courses applications are accepted from September with a closing date of 15thJanuary for entry the following academic year. However, some Postgraduate (PGDE) Secondary courses may remain open until mid-March.

An interview is a required part of the application procedure. The University starts interviews in December and these run monthly until the programme is filled.