Postgraduate taught 

Education (Primary) PGDE

Male teacher in a classroom

If you are thinking about saying ‘yes’ to making a difference by becoming a teacher, this Masters-level (postgraduate) qualification is the first step on your journey. Successful completion of the postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) at the University of Glasgow will take you to the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s Standard for Provisional Registration. If you are from Scotland, other parts of the UK or the Republic of Ireland, or are in some categories of EU status, you are then eligible to enter the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS). The TIS guarantees a one-year teaching post through which you can achieve GTCS Standard for Full Registration. The GTCS Flexible Route is also open to you.

  • Teaching start: August
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE): 10 months full-time:

    Applications to PGDE must be made through UCAS

Why this programme

  • The Master’s level PGDE programme closely integrates 18 weeks of on-campus learning with 18 weeks of school experience, providing the opportunity to develop as an engaged, reflective and enquiring beginning teacher, committed to research-informed professional learning throughout your career.
  • Each element of our PGDE programme, whether University-based or school-based, encourages a research-informed approach, aligning with the criteria articulated in the GTCS Standard for Provisional Registration and the University of Glasgow’s graduate attributes.
  • The programme promotes and upholds values and dispositions consonant with the broad, social purposes of education. It is research-led with a focus on social justice, challenging you to examine your values and beliefs about what it means to be a socially-just and inclusive teacher.
  • On successful completion of the programme, you will have achieved the General Teaching for Scotland (GTCS) Standard for Provisional Registration. Students from Scotland, the UK, the Republic of Ireland and those who are EU citizens with settled status are eligible for the one-year Teacher Induction Scheme, a guaranteed year of full-time employment to achieve the Standard for Full Registration (SFR), on a probationary salary of £28k. As fully-qualified teachers, having achieved the SFR, many of our graduates are teaching not only in Scotland’s primary and secondary schools, but throughout the UK and further abroad.

    In agreement with the Scottish Government, the School of Education, through the St Andrew’s Foundation, provides for the preparation of students to teach in Catholic Schools in Scotland. The PGDE Primary Programme offers a route that incorporates the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate.

    Refer to UCAS codes to ensure you apply for the route you are interested in. Note that these codes represent different routes through the same programme of study. Applicants should apply only once using the UCAS code for either

    • PGDE Primary Education
      or 
    • PGDE Primary Education including Catholic Teachers’ Certificate

    In the selection procedures for interview, priority is given to those who are eligible to teach Religious Education in the Catholic school, who seek the Catholic Teacher's Certificate in Religious Education and who meet the entry requirements.

    You can find out more about eligibility from the Scottish Catholic Education Service.

Programme structure

The programme will prepare you as a beginning teacher through the following areas of study:

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

GTCS Standards for Registration

Upon successful completion of the PGDE, you will have met the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) Standard for Provisional Registration, allowing you to begin working within a school(s) to achieve the Standard for Full Registration. Many of our graduates are teaching not only in Scotland’s primary and secondary schools, but throughout the UK and further abroad.

Those holding the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate can pursue posts which require qualification in teaching Religious Education in the denominational sector, subject to approval.

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:

Career-Long Professional Learning (CLPL) for Teachers

The School of Education also provides an extensive range of career-long professional learning opportunities for teachers and others involved in education. Our CLPL 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 & funding

Tuition fees for 2023-24

PGDE

International & EU

  • Full-time fee: £22140

Scotland

  • Full-time fee: £1,820

Rest of UK

  • Full-time fee: £9,250

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

Funding opportunities

The Snowdon Trust Master’s Scholarship

The Snowdon Trust Master’s Scholarship is accelerating exceptional Disabled Students through masters’ programmes into leadership positions to create change.

Do you have ambitions to change the world? Are you pioneering in your field? Are you creating change for Disabled People? Let us open some doors.

 The Snowdon Trust Master’s Scholarship award will provide up to 30,000 for exceptional Disabled Students applying to study a master’s degree. We are investing in the influencers of the future. 

Please see Snowdon Trust Master’s Scholarship for details.

Erasmus+ Master Degree Loans

Erasmus+ Master Degree Loans are EU-guaranteed loans with favourable pay-back terms. They’re designed to help prospective students finance their Master’s courses in an Erasmus+ Programme country while leaving as little of a lasting economic footprint as possible.

The scheme is designed to provide postgraduate students with the means to pay their tuition and living expenses – thereby allowing individuals to focus on their degree instead of managing their bank balance. The programme aims to be as inclusive as possible, working under the following guidelines:

  • No need for collateral from students or parents - ensuring equality of access
  • Favourable, better-than-market interest rates
  • Pay-back terms that allow graduates up to two years to find work before beginning repayment.

Please visit the Erasmus+ Master Degree Loans website for more information.

CONICyT (La Comsion Nacional de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica de Chile)

The University of Glasgow offers a 25% discount to all successful CONICyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.

CONACyT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) / FUNED Agreement

CONACYT offers a non-refundable scholarship, a monthly stipend and medical insurance of an approximate total of $20,000 USD (in the case of the UK, no medical insurance grant is given since students are already covered by the National Health System) The University of Glasgow offer a 30% discount to all successful CONACyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.

Postgraduate Access Scholarship

The University of Glasgow is pleased to be offering Postgraduate Access Scholarships to support Home students who could face financial difficulties in taking up their place to study at the University. Applications are particularly welcomed from applicants who met any of our widening participation criteria, or equivalent, at undergraduate level. The value of each scholarship is £4,000 and they are for students undertaking a one or two year Taught Masters programme. For two year Taught Masters programmes, the scholarship is available in year one only.

Postgraduate Student Loan (NI)

If you are a Northern Irish student looking to study a taught Masters programme* in Glasgow then you can apply for a student loan in exactly the same way as you would for a University in Northern Ireland.

Northern Irish students are able to apply for non-means-tested tuition fee loans of up to £5,500, to help with the costs of funding.

For more information visit www.studentfinanceni.co.uk/types-of-finance/postgraduate .

* does not apply to Erasmus Mundus programmes

Clark (Mile-End) Bursary Fund

The Clark (Mile-End) Bursary Fund is a charitable endowment which was established in 1868 by a Victorian philanthropist by the name of John Clark. He was a thread manufacturer and prominent citizen from Paisley. The fund is now governed by Rules laid down in a 1974 Scheme (as varied with the consent of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator in 2013).

Please see the Clark (Mile-End) Bursary Fund for more information.

Sanctuary Scholarships

The University of Glasgow is offering up to 20 Sanctuary Scholarships for applicants to the University who are in the UK on humanitarian grounds and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate taught students at the University of Glasgow applying for entry in September 2023/24.

The scholarship will meet the cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme, for those applicants who are unable to cover full tuition fees through access to public funds by applying to SAAS or Student Finance. The Sanctuary Scholarship also provides a £5,000 per year stipend, to assist with study costs. In addition, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met, this will also be provided for the duration of your degree, if required. For more information on the accommodation criteria, please see the Accommodation Services section on the website.

The Clan Gregor Society Prize

The Clan Gregor Society is offering an award to new entrants to the University of Glasgow who descend from Clan Gregor. Prospective students will be asked to submit an application highlighting areas of consideration such as academic excellence and financial need. The award is open to both Undergraduate and Postgraduate applicants for 2023 entry.

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

Entry requirements

Academic Entry

The minimum academic entry requirements for admission to a teaching qualification are:

  • Degree: An undergraduate degree validated by a higher education institution in the United Kingdom or an undergraduate degree of an equivalent standard from a higher education institution outside the United Kingdom. All degree classifications are considered, however, priority is given to candidates with a 1st or 2:1 honours degree.
  • English: National Qualifications in English at SCQF Level 6 (for example, Higher Grade) or an accepted alternative from the list below.
  • Mathematics: National Qualifications in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5 (for example, National 5, Standard Grade or Intermediate 2) or an accepted alternative from the list below.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants are required to have met the English and Maths qualifications PRIOR to application. Pending degree qualifications are 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 (both qualifications must be achieved)
  • International Baccalaureate English at HL 4 / SL 6
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher English at Grade C2 / H4
  • SQA National Units at Higher Level in both Communication (NC) and Literature 1
  • SCQF Level 6 Online English Access Course offered by the University of Aberdeen at Grade C
  • University level modules (SCQF level 7 or above) that cover sufficient English Literature content.
  • English of an equivalent academic standard from outside the UK - Study must have an English Literature element. 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 A
  • Scottish Higher or Advanced Higher Mathematics at Grade C
  • A Level Mathematics at Grade C
  • GCSE/IGCSE Mathematics at Grade C / 4
  • International Baccalaureate Maths at HL 3 / SL 4
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Mathematics at Grade C3 / H5
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Mathematics at Grade B3 / O3
  • SCQF Level 5 or 6 Online Mathematics Access Course offered by the University of Aberdeen at Grade C
  • Open University MU123 Discovering Mathematics – credits 30
  • SQA National Units in BOTH Core Mathematics 4 (D11V) and Mathematics: Analysis/Algebra 1 (D11W)
  • University level modules (SCQF level 7 or above) that cover sufficient Maths content
  • 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.

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. 

The minimum academic requirements are set by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). Further info at: Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Programmes of Initial Teacher Education in Scotland September 2019

Evidence of completed qualifications

When you submit your UCAS application form, you must include ALL of your qualifications. This includes your qualifications in English and Maths (see above). If you have omitted any qualifications, there may be a delay in processing your application. Upload of missing documents is permitted via the Applicant Self Service portal within 7 days of application submission.

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.

Personal Statement, Experience and Reference

Applicants who meet or have the potential to meet the academic entry requirements will be considered for a place on the programme and their personal statement and reference will be reviewed.

Applicants should use the personal statement to demonstrate their suitability to join the teaching profession and to talk about their interests and wider achievements and the extent to which they match the skills and attributes desirable in a teacher. The GTCS advise that applicants should show that they have the capacity to meet the Standard for Provisional Registration which specifies what is expected of a student teacher at the end of Initial Teacher Education.

Relevant experience with children or young people should also be noted with preference given to those with recent experience shadowing a primary school classroom.

Interview

Interviews will be held from December and invitations will be updated on UCAS track where applicants can accept, decline or request a reschedule.  Reschedules are not permitted due to the number of suitable applicants available to attend. A communication will be sent out shortly after the UCAS invitation is received and will contain details of the interview structure. Please note that we will be unable to provide feedback to applicants who are unsuccessful at interview stage.

Catholic Teacher's Certificate

Working in partnership with the Scottish Government and the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, the School of Education has the mandate to provide teachers to teach in Catholic schools in Scotland. This PGDE programme (X102) provides support for, and emphasis on, the initial teacher education of those who intend to teach in Catholic schools through the Catholic Teacher's Certificate route. The design of this pathway necessarily reflects the sector requirements for teaching Religious Education in the Catholic school and prospective applicants should consider this before applying. Applicants are encouraged to consult guidance from the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland about the approval process for teaching in Catholic Schools in Scotland. Further detail available from the Scottish Catholic Education Service.

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 and will be expected to familiarise themselves with the appropriate procedures and information upon enrolment.

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)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ibt, mybest or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test, this includes TOEFL mybest.

PTE (Academic or Academic Online)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 

  • 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for 2 years following date of successful completion.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Degree from majority-English speaking country (as defined by the UKVI including Canada if taught in English)
    • students must have studied for a minimum of 2 years at Undergraduate level, or 9 months at Master's level, and must have complete their degree in that majority-English speaking country and within the last 6 years
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from majority-English speaking country (as defined by the UKVI including Canada if taught in English)
    • students must have completed their final two years study in that majority-English speaking country and within the last 6 years

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 UKVI approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) but we do not require a specific UKVI SELT 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:

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.

How to apply

Programmes starting August 2023

Whilst the PGDE programmes are only open to postgraduate students, unlike all other postgraduate degrees, all PGDE applications must be made online through the UCAS website.

Apply online at www.ucas.com

Applications are accepted from September with a closing date of 25 January 2023. Late applications will not be considered.

The University of Glasgow UCAS codes (required for online UCAS application) are:

  • PGDE Primary Education: X100
  • PGDE Primary Education including Catholic Teachers’ Certificate: X102

Note that these codes represent different routes through the same programme of study. Applicants should apply only once using the appropriate UCAS code.

You should apply for X102 only if you:

  • are eligible to teach RE in the Catholic school (further detail available from the Scottish Catholic Education Service)
  • seek to qualify for the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate, and
  • meet the entry requirements.

In the selection procedures for interview, priority is given to such applicants.

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

If your application is successful you will be invited for interview. If you would like further information please Enquire online.

For the PGDE Primary programmes, the University does not normally permit deferral of entry to a later term/year. However, you may request a deferral of entry, where unforeseen and unforeseeable circumstances will prevent you from taking up your offer. Please Enquire online.