This is a Masters-level qualification in teacher education.
Why this programme
- 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.
- The programme consists of 18 weeks of study in the University and 18 weeks of school experience in our partner 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 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
- Professional enquiry
- School placements.
We also offer the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate in Religious Education.
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.
You will have the General Teaching Council (GTC) for Scotland qualification to pursue teaching roles in schools. Many of our graduates are teaching not only in Scotland’s primary and secondary schools, but throughout the UK and further abroad.
Professional Practice with PGDE, MEd
On successful completion of your PGDE you will have the opportunity to transfer your 90 Masters-level credits from your PGDE into this programme. For further information, please see:
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Teachers
The School of Education also provides an extensive range of CPD opportunities for teachers and others involved in education. Our CPD is designed to be as flexible as possible, including daytime, twilight, weekend and vacation modes, and ranging from one-off courses to full programmes. For further information, please see:
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2018-19
|Full time fee||£16650|
Scottish and EU fees - £1820; Rest of UK fees - £9,250
Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only
- Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £315
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £250
- Registration/exam only fee: £150
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University of Glasgow Chancellors Award
The University of Glasgow has a total of 20 Chancellors Awards available. The Award is available to students entering any of the University’s Colleges and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.More Information
PGT Excellence Scholarship
The University of Glasgow has a total of 8 PGT Excellence Awards available to UK and EU Students. Scholarships are available to students entering any of the University’s colleges and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.More Information
The University of Glasgow is offering 4 scholarships (one per college) for applicants to the University who are staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University of Glasgow applying for entry in 2018. The scholarship meets the full cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme as well providing an additional £5,000 per year stipend, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met this will also be provided for the duration of your degree. For more information on the accommodation criteria please see the Residential Services section on the website.
We are also offering 4 scholarships to students who hold refugee status. This scholarship is awarded as a £5000 per year stipend toward living costs per year of study.More Information
University of Glasgow African Excellence Fee Waiver
For September 2018 academic session we are offering 8 scholarship worth the full tuition fee of a one year Masters programme to offer holders from Africa.
If you study here you will benefit from our extensive knowledge, state-of-the-art facilities and pioneering teaching methods. Studying at Glasgow will prepare you for a wide variety of careers that are in demand internationally.More Information
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
PGDE Primary Education
All applications to this programme will be assessed based on academic qualifications and relevant work experience as demonstrated through the Personal Statement.
Applicants may be invited for interview. Applicants with excellent qualifications and significant work experience with children and/or young people may be made an offer without being interviewed.
Academic Entry Requirements:
- Applicants must have graduated (or completing in the current year) with a degree from a UK University or an equivalent degree qualification from a higher education institution outside of the UK. Whilst all degree classifications will be considered (including non-honours/ordinary degrees), priority will be given to applicants who have attained (or are on track to attain in the current year) a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent).
- All applicants must have achieved a MINIMUM of English at Higher Grade C and Maths at National 5 Grade C PRIOR to their application being considered. Applications will be rejected if these minimum qualifications have not been attained prior to application. Attainment of the minimum entry qualifications does not guarantee that the application will progress. Priority will be given to applicants who have exceeded the minimum requirements and in particular to applicants who have attained English at Higher Grade B (or above) and Higher Grade C (or above) in Mathematics.
Acceptable alternative qualifications in English
- Communications 4 and Literature 1
- GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature at Grade B or above
- Irish Leaving Certificate Higher English at Grade H3 or above
- SCQF 6 English Access Course offered by the University of Aberdeen
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
- SCQF 6 Mathematics Access Course offered by the University of Aberdeen
Note: We will accept alternate International qualifications in English and Mathematics where evidence is provided via NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre).
For older qualifications see Appendix D of the Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Programmes of ITE in Scotland.
Evidence of completed qualifications
At the point of submitting your application, it is highly recommended that you have included all your qualifications at that time, including High School Maths and English on the UCAS application form. If you have omitted any qualifications, there will be a delay in processing your application. We do allow 7 days from submitting your application for you to forward missing documents by email to email@example.com
Due to the competitive nature of this course and the high volume of applications received, unfortunately if we do not receive the required documents within the 7-day timescale, your application will be rejected.
Teaching in Catholic schools
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.
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.
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:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- 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
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed 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 English for Academic Study Unit 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: email@example.com
We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries. Find out more about visa requirements, and the support we offer:
How to apply
Whilst the PGDE programmes are only open to Postgraduate Students (see Entry Requirements), unlike all other Postgraduate degrees, ALL PGDE applications must be made online through the UCAS website: www.ucas.com
Applications are accepted from September with a closing date of 15th January for entry the following academic year. Please note that we do not consider deferred entry to the PGDE programmes.
The University of Glasgow UCAS codes (required for online UCAS application) are as follows:
- PGDE Primary Education: X100: Applications now closed
Please note that degree level 'Undergraduate' must be selected, in order to locate the PGDE programmes on UCAS.
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