This groundbreaking, four-year degree programme, approved by the General Teaching Council for Scotland, is benchmarked against the highest international standards of excellence.
At our Dumfries Campus you will benefit from small group teaching, strong links with local schools, innovative teaching methods and a friendly and inclusive academic community.
This programme includes a substantial element of well-supported teaching experience. You will complete a total of six placements, from one day per week during your first semester, building to a ten-week block in fourth year where you will take full responsibility for a class for at least four weeks. Placements cover all stages of the primary curriculum and each placement has a focus in relevant curricular areas.
Core areas of study include child development, literacy, maths: theory & pedagogy, and text and communication. You can also choose from courses in disciplines such as health & social policy, modern languages, environmental studies, history, literature and philosophy. This gives you the opportunity to add breadth to your degree in subjects relevant to the primary curriculum.
Child development, maths and literacy are progressed from year 1 and you will also study issues in contemporary society. You can choose further courses from our range of elective subjects. There are two school placements in year 2.
Language & literacy and maths continue as core courses with teachers & teaching and curriculum & assessment the first of the education courses to be introduced in year 3. There is one six-week teaching placement and you can continue with an elective subject too.
You will explore two further core education courses at Honours level. Your dissertation project gives you the chance to research an area of education that personally interests you. Your final placement takes up ten weeks in semester 2.
Our international links
There are optional international school placements currently at schools in Bucharest and Berlin. You may also be able to apply to study abroad in year 3. See Study abroad.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2015
- Standard academic entry requirements: BBB.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: CCC.
- Other mandatory requirements: Must have English Language and Literature GCSE at Grade C and GCSE Maths at Grade B. Interview. Disclosure Scotland.
- Standard academic entry requirements: AAB or ABBB by the end of S6.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: None.
- Other mandatory requirements: Must include English at B and Standard Grade Maths at Grade 1 or 2 or Intermediate 2. Interview. Disclosure Scotland.
- Standard academic entry requirements: 32 points.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: 30 points.
- Other mandatory requirements: Must include English at HL4 and Mathematics at SL5. Mathematics Studies is not deemed equivalent to Mathematics and is not accepted. Interview. Disclosure Scotland.
Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.
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
- IGCSE: English language: B minimum.
* 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.
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.
This qualification is internationally recognised as a teaching qualification. The General Teaching Council for Scotland provides an Initial Teacher Education Programme for those who are eligible. There are also opportunities for career progression in leadership and management, specialist subjects and further study or research. Students may exit after year 3 with a BA in Educational Studies. This is not a teaching qualification but provides a good background for other careers in Education and related areas.
This programme leads to registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
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.
We welcome applications from all qualified candidates from all denominations and none. Students aiming to teach in a Catholic school may, at their own discretion, undertake the University’s Catholic Teacher’s Certificate in Religious Education by Distance Learning.
When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:
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:
UCAS closing dates for entry in 2015
The UCAS process requires applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry to be submitted by 15 October each year, and applications to all other degree programmes by 15 January each year. The University of Glasgow cannot accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines, nor can it accept changes to applications after these dates. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be allowed after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.
- 15 October 2014: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
- 15 January 2015: all other UK/EU applicants
- 30 June 2015: international (non-EU) students.
Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.
UCAS tariff points
The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.
How soon will I receive a decision?
We will usually respond before the end of March 2015.
If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.
If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.
Will I be interviewed?
An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.
Is deferred entry available?
For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.
Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:
- The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
- The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.
We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.
British Sign Language
UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.
Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.