A career in primary education is challenging, complex and rewarding. You will be required to understand the theoretical aspects of teaching and how theory is used in the classroom to support and encourage all children to achieve their full potential. This programme will qualify you to teach children between the ages of 3-12. At least 32 weeks of the programme will be spent working in schools. This programme replaces the previously offered BEd in Primary Education.
You will study in the School of Education and in the School of Social and Political Sciences . Study will include the role of education within society, the nature of learning within the primary curriculum and more broad based study in areas such as Sociology, Politics, Public Policy, Economic and Social History and Central and Eastern European Studies. Students following the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate in Religious Education will be required to take Theology in Year 1.
You will study in the School of Education and in the School of Social and Political Sciences . Your studies will progress in both education and in practice, combined with study in Sociology, Politics, Urban Studies, Economic and Social History and Central and Eastern European studies. Students following the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate in Religious Education will be required to take Theology in Year 2.
All study will be in the School of Education. You will expand upon your understanding of teaching and its connection with theory, your knowledge and understanding of the primary curriculum and your ability to reflect and improve on your own practice. You will also begin to enquire systematically into your own practice and choose an area of study from a number of electives.
All study will be in the School of Education. You will be developing and linking the ideas of how education impacts on society, what are the most effective practices within the classroom are, and how can you enquire into your own teaching and improve it by using evidence-based approaches. You will be able to take another elective in this year.
It is the ambition of the School of Education in the University of Glasgow to form teachers who aspire to Masters degree level study.
This is a Master degree programme with undergraduate entry. Students will graduate from 4th year qualified to teach with a Masters Diploma in Education (a higher qualification than a B.Ed degree). At any stage in the subsequent five years, the School of Education expects all graduates to complete the remaining credits in fulfillment of their Masters degree. This can be done on a part-time basis while a teacher is in full-time work. Studies will continue to blend theoretical and research approaches with classroom practice.
There are opportunities to study abroad available to students in Years two and three.
This innovative, forward-thinking Masters degree is built on strong partnerships with local authorities and schools. University tutors and school teachers work collaboratively during school experience placements in clusters of schools. Peer support is also critical to ensuring that this creative way of engaging you in your early professional learning is dynamic and interactive.
In your third year you may be able to apply to study abroad provided you achieve good grades in first and second year. There are currently two options available: the Erasmus Exchange Scheme and the International Exchange Programme. Under the Erasmus Scheme you will study at a major European University for a full semester. As this Exchange programme is partly funded by the European Union you will receive additional financial support from the EU to cover additional travelling and living costs. We have Exchange agreements with universities in France, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Finland. The International Exchange Programme is under development with discussions being held with universities in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Exchanges to universities in those countries will normally be for a year, although exchanges of a semester may be considered.
Home/EU graduates are eligible for one year’s induction experience in a Scottish primary school and this degree is internationally recognized teaching qualification. The graduate attributes developed during this programme will equip graduate for careers in a range of educational and other contexts.
If you are accepted to a teaching degree you must undertake a Criminal Convictions Check prior to enrolment . It is your responsibility to pay for the check. Details will be sent to you.
This programme leads to registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
The Scottish Government expects the School of Education to provide 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. In the selection procedures, priority is given to those who indicate in their personal statement their intention to teach in Catholic schools and to seek the Catholic Teacher's Certificate in Religious Education.
The School welcomes applications from all qualified candidates from all denominations and none.
Please note this degree is subject to final approval.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAB by end of S5 = unconditional offer. Applicants who have achieved ABBB or AABB by the end of S5 or AAABB by the end of S6 may receive a conditional or unconditional offer once all applications have been reviewed in March 2014. Applicants must have Higher English at Grade B and Maths at either Standard Grade 2 or Intermediate 2 at grade C or above.
A-Levels: AAB. Applicants must also have a pass in GCSE English Language & English Literature at a minimum of Grade C, and Maths at a minimum of Grade B.
HN Qualifications: Applicants who achieve an ‘A’ in their graded unit at HNC/HND level in a relevant childcare qualification will receive an unconditional offer for entry into 1st year. Applicants must also have Higher English at Grade B and Maths at either Standard Grade 2 or Intermediate 2 at grade C or above.
International Baccalaureate: 36 points, with minimum of 6s and 7s in subjects taken at the Higher Level.
Interview policy: As part of our selection process you will be interviewed. Interviews normally begin in February and run until the middle of March.
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
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:
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: Elaine.Shortt@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:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
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.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.
We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.
For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see: