Primary Education with Teaching Qualification (Dumfries Campus) MA(D)
This innovative, four-year degree programme, approved by the General Teaching Council for Scotland, is benchmarked against the highest 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.
Our School of Interdisciplinary Studies is based in Dumfries, where you can join a friendly student community in the beautiful south-west of Scotland. Subjects you can study on this campus are:
- Environmental Science & Sustainability
- Health & Social Policy
- Primary Education with Teaching Qualification
Your classes will be taught in the traditional red sandstone buildings of the Crichton Estate, set in stunning parkland. We place great importance on practical study.
Our new facilities include an outdoor teaching garden for environmental students and gym facilities. You’ll have access to both the Crichton Library and our extensive library in Glasgow, including a wealth of online resources and dedicated subject librarians.
We have three self-catering halls of residence in Dumfries and the cost of living is very reasonable. Students can also access the on-site restaurant, bar, swimming pool and spa, Neuros, at a great student membership rate.
Practical, hands-on learning
All students in Dumfries have the opportunity to undertake work experience placements. Many courses include extensive fieldwork and site visits, making the most of the abundant resources on our doorstep and our excellent network of partner organisations. We have extensive study abroad links and you could also pursue international work experience.
In Dumfries we specialise in interdisciplinary learning. Because we are a relatively small campus you’ll get to know your lecturers personally and be able to get your ideas across, build your confidence and advance your critical thinking. We teach you how your subjects relate to each other and to the wider world.
All students can use our virtual learning environment, sharing course content and collaborating with staff and classmates online.
About the town
Located approximately 90 minutes south of Glasgow and less than an hour from Carlisle, Dumfries is set in magnificent countryside with all the charm and vibrancy of a small university town. It’s a friendly place where you’ll settle in quickly, becoming part of the University and the local community.
There is an active Students’ Association and popular activities include rowing, mountain biking, horse riding and sailing. Alternatively, if you’re looking for culture, you’ll find an impressive arts and live music scene. The region is steeped in literary history and hosts an impressive range of festivals and sporting events.
Find out more
To find out more, see: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
This programme includes a substantial element of well-supported teaching experience. You will complete four school placements, all of which are designed to give you a sound background teaching in our local schools. In years 1–3 these are six weeks in duration and in year 4 you will have a ten-week placement, during which you will take full responsibility for a class for at least four weeks. Placements cover all stages of the primary school and each placement has a relevant focus in specific curricular areas.
Core areas include child development, literacy, school experience, and mathematics: theory and pedagogy. You can also choose from courses in disciplines such as health and 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. There is a six-week school placement during May and June.
Child development, mathematics, school experience and literacy are progressed from year 1. You can choose further courses from our range of elective subjects. There is a six-week school placement during May and June.
Language and literacy, school experience and mathematics continue as core courses, with teachers and teaching, curriculum and assessment being introduced. You will continue your studies in one elective area. There is one six-week placement in semester 2.
You will explore further core courses at Honours level, including your dissertation which gives you the opportunity to research an area of education which interests you personally. There is a ten-week school placement in semester 2.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Legal statements: Disclaimer.
Our international links
There is an optional international school placement for those in years 3 and 4, currently in Berlin. You may also be able to apply to study abroad in year 2. See Study abroad.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2018
- Standard academic entry requirements: BBB.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: CCC.
- Other mandatory requirements: GCSE English Language and Literature at grade C AND GCSE Mathematics 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: Higher English at B AND National 5 Mathematics both at grade B or above. Interview. Disclosure Scotland.
We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants, from BBBB at S5/S6, based upon completion of a pre-entry programme. For pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements, see Access Glasgow.
- Standard academic entry requirements: 32 points.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: 30 points.
- Other mandatory requirements: Must include English at HL5 AND Mathematics at SL4. Interview. Disclosure Scotland.
Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.
As part of our selection process you will be interviewed. The bulk of our interviews take place in February.
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.
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*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- IGCSE: English language: B minimum
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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:
- UK Border Agency Tier 4 English Language requirements
- UKBA list of approved English language tests [pdf]
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 see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.
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 an MA 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.
Fees and funding
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.
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 in recent years.
RUK Access Bursary 2017 Entry
The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship and available to new entrant full-time undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2017-18 as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annumore information
RUK Excellence Scholarship 2017
The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent).more information
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
How to apply
The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.
The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. 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 accepted 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: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
- 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
- 30 June: 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.
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.
Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.