Postgraduate taught 

Education (Primary) (Dumfries Campus) PGDE

This is a Masters-level qualification in teacher education.

  • Teaching start: September
  • 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 at University and 18 weeks of school experience in our partner schools.
  • As 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.
  • You will be helped to develop your subject-specific knowledge and creative ways to enthuse and educate children.
  • There is an emphasis on reflective practice linked to professional standards to help you become a reflective practitioner in the classroom.

Programme structure

The programme will prepare you to meet the demands of the profession through the following areas of study:

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 & funding

Tuition fees for 2022-23



  • Full-time fee: £20,400

Scottish fees - £1,820; Rest of UK fees - £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

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.

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 .

* does not apply to Erasmus Mundus programmes

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 must have achieved their English and Maths qualifications PRIOR to application. Applicants who apply with a pending English or Maths qualification with see their application rejected. Pending degree qualifications are considered.

Accepted Alternative Qualifications in English and Mathematics

Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Primary: English and Mathematics entry requirements


  • 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
  • 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.


  • 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 GTCS General Teaching Council for Scotland. Further info at: Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Programmes of Initial Teacher Education in Scotland September 2019

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

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 should also be noted with preference given to those with recent experience shadowing a primary school classroom.


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

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

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. 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)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

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

TOEFL (ibt, my best or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic or home)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

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

  • 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months, combined scores from 2 tests sat within 6 months of each other can be considered.

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

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

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 2022

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

Applications are accepted from September with a closing date of 26 January 2022. Late applications will not be considered.

The University of Glasgow UCAS code (required for online UCAS application) is:

  • PGDE Primary Education (Dumfries campus): X121

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

More information about this programme