Postgraduate taught 

Education (Primary) PGDE

Male teacher in a classroom

This is a Masters-level qualification in teacher education.

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE): 10 months full-time :
  • Applications to PGDE must be made through UCAS

Why this programme

  • The programme consists of 18 weeks study in the University and 18 weeks of school experience in our partner schools.
  • 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‚Äôs 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.

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
  • 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: Student contract.

Career prospects

GTC Qualification

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 2019-20

PGDE

International

  • Full-time fee: £17620

Scottish and EU fees - £1820; Rest of UK fees - £9,250

For applicants starting in 2018 please refer to the 2018-19 fees table.

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £360
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £320
  • Registration/exam only fee: £150

Funding opportunities

Postgraduate Talent Scholarships

The University of Glasgow awards Postgraduate Talent Scholarships each academic year to support students who could face financial difficulties in taking up their place to study at the University. The value of each scholarship is £2,000 and they are for students undertaking a one or two year Taught Masters programme, in any of the University’s Colleges. For two year Taught Masters programmes, the scholarship is available in year one only. 

More Information

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

Entry requirements

PGDE Primary Education

All applications to this programme will be assessed based on academic qualifications and relevant experience working with children in a primary school or related setting, as demonstrated through the personal statement and reference.

Due to the number of applications to this programme, not all qualified applicants will be invited to interview. Those with excellent qualifications and significant work experience with children and/or young people will be given priority.

Academic Entry Requirements

Degree

A degree from a UK University or an equivalent degree qualification from a higher education institute from outside of the UK. 

Whilst all degree classifications will be considered (including non-honours/ordinary degrees), priority will be given to applicants who have a 2.1 honours degree or better. Students in the final year of their bachelor's studies, who have not yet completed their degree, will be considered. 

English

Scottish Higher English at Grade C or above 

All applicants must have achieved a MINIMUM of Scottish Higher English at Grade C or accepted alternative PRIOR to their application being considered.

Maths

National 5 Maths (or Lifeskills Maths) at Grade C or above

All applicants must have achieved a MINIMUM of National 5 Mathematics (or Lifeskills Mathematics) Grade C or accepted alternative PRIORto their application being considered.

Accepted Alternative Qualifications in English and Mathematics

Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Primary

English and Mathematics Entry Requirements

English

Scottish Higher English at Grade C or above

Accepted Alternative Qualifications in English

  • Advanced Higher English at Grade C
  • A Level English at Grade C
  • GCSE/IGCSE English Language AND English Literature at Grade C / 4
  • International Baccalaureate English at HL 4 / SL 6
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher English at Grade C3 / H4
  • SQA National Units at Higher Level in both Communication (NC) and Literature 1
  • SCQF Level 6 English Access Course offered by the University of Aberdeen
  • Relevant University level modules (SCQF level 7 or above) that cover English content with a minimum of 20 credits per module.
  • English of an equivalent academic standard from outside the UK - We use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) to assess the equivalency of overseas qualifications.

All applicants must have achieved a MINIMUM of Scottish Higher English at Grade C or accepted alternative PRIOR to their application being considered.

Maths

National 5 Maths (or Lifeskills Maths) at Grade C or above

Accepted Alternative Qualifications in Mathematics

  • Intermediate Level 2 Mathematics at Grade C
  • Standard Grade Credit Mathematics at Grade 2
  • O Grade Mathematics at Grade C / 3
  • Scottish Higher or Advanced Higher Mathematics at Grade C
  • A Level Mathematics at Grade C
  • GCSE/IGCSE Mathematics at Grade B / 5
  • International Baccalaureate Maths at HL 3 / SL 4
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Mathematics at Grade C / H5
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Mathematics at Grade B / O3
  • SCQF Level 5 or 6 Mathematics Access Course offered by the University of Aberdeen
  • Open University MU123 Discovering Mathematics – credits 30
  • SQA National Units in BOTH Core Mathematics 4 (D11V) and Mathematics: Analysis/Algebra 1 (D11W)
  • Relevant University level modules (SCQF level 7 or above) that cover Mathematics content with a minimum of 20 credits per module.
  • Maths of an equivalent academic standard from outside the UK - We will always use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) to assess the equivalency of overseas qualifications.

All applicants must have achieved a MINIMUM of National 5 Mathematics (or Lifeskills Mathematics) Grade C or accepted alternative PRIOR to their application being considered.

Applications will only be considered from those holding English and Mathematics qualifications at the time of application. Applications will be rejected if these minimum qualifications have not been attained prior to application.

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. 

For further information on Entry Requirements please read the General Teaching Council for Scotland Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Programmes of ITE in Scotland.

Evidence of completed qualifications

At the point of submitting your application, you must have listed all your qualifications at that time, including High School Maths and English on the UCAS application form. If you have omitted any qualifications, there may 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 education-admissions@glasgow.ac.uk

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 qualified applicants who indicated, in their personal statement, their intention to teach in Catholic schools and to seek the Catholic Teacher's Certificate in Religious Education. 

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.

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.

Pre-sessional courses

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:

FAQs

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: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk


 

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

International students

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 open for 2019

Please note that degree level 'Undergraduate' must be selected, in order to locate the PGDE programmes on UCAS.

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