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/ secondary curriculum
- Professional enquiry
- School placements.
We also offer the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate in Religious Education.
Secondary teaching qualifications are offered in the following subjects:
- Art and design
- Business education
- Modern languages (French, French with Spanish, French with Italian, French with German, Spanish with French)
- Modern studies
- 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.
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.
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.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2019-20
- Full-time fee: £17620
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): £360
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £320
- Registration/exam only fee: £150
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
A bachelor degree from a UK university or equivalent. A pass in Higher English or equivalent. A pass in Intermediate 2/Credit Mathematics or equivalent. For secondary education, the degree should contain 80 credit points relevant to the subject chosen, 40 of which at Year 2 or above. Some work experience in a school classroom is also required.
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.
Entrance to the programme is based on academic qualifications and performance at interview. The academic entry requirements for 2016 entry are:
- a degree from a UK university (including non-honours/ordinary degrees) or an equivalent degree qualification from a higher education institution outside of the UK. The degree should contain 80 credit points overall in the subject which you intend to teach, of which 40 must be at Year 2 level or above. See below for specific subject requirements.
Top-up credits will be considered. A maximum of 30 top-up credits will be allowed and they must be obtained before entering a PGDE course. Therefore the minimum subject specific credits that the University degree should contain is 50 credits. If the top up credits are pending offers may be made on passing those respective credits. For further information you should refer to the memorandum on entry requirements.
- Higher English at Grade C or above
- Standard Grade Mathematics at Grade 1 or 2
Acceptable alternative qualifications in English
- Communications 4 and Literature 1
- GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature at Grade C or above
- Irish Leaving Certificate Higher English at Grade C3 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.
The degree requirements for the PGDE Secondary Education are based on credits – this is because credits are standard across all Scottish universities. A credit point is a measure of the amount of learning you have done. To find out more about the credit point breakdown of your degree, look at your degree transcript.
The degree should normally contain 80 credit points relevant to the subject you want to teach, including 40 credit points at second year undergraduate level or above. However, some subjects have very specific demands. Please note that due to the high demand for places there is no guarantee that meeting the minimum academic qualifications will ensure an invite to interview or an offer of a place.
Evidence of completed or ongoing 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The following subjects have specific requirements
Art & Design
You will need good academic grades and a degree with at least 80 credit points, covering both Fine Art and Design, from a range of the following practical subjects: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Textiles, Photography or Environmental Art.
You will need a degree with 80 credit points, 40 of these credit points must be at Year 2 Level. These 80 credits should come from subjects such as Animal Biology, Biochemistry, Human Biology or Biomolecular Sciences. Applicants with a recent Honours degree preferred.
You must have a contemporary* Business related degree with at least 20 credits in each of the following subjects: Accounting, Economics, Information Technology and Business Management with 40 of the credits coming from SCQF level 8 (2nd year) or above.
For each area you need to have covered the following detailed content; Economics - macro and micro economics theory ; Accounting – financial accounting, management accounting and double entry book-keeping; IT - Databases, Spreadsheets, Office IT ; Business Management - Marketing, Human Resources, Management Theory, etc. (Sample).
* graduated within the last 15 years
You will need a degree with 80 credit points, 40 of these credit points must be at Year 2 Level. Courses should include organic, physical and inorganic chemistry. Applicants with a recent Honours degree preferred.
You will need a degree with 80 credit points, 40 of these credit points must be at Year 2 Level or above from at least two of the following: Computer Systems, Software Development, Databases or Information Systems.
You will also need 40 credits in a computing subject relevant to the Computing curriculum taught in Scottish schools.
You will need a degree with at least 80 credit points in English. At least 40 of these credit points must be in English or Scottish Literature. Applicants with a recent Honours degree in English preferred.
You will need a degree with at least 80 credit points, 40 of these credit points must be at Year 2 Level or above. The 80 credits should cover a range of courses from Physical Geography, Human Geography and Environmental Geography.
You will need a degree with at least 80 credit points. The 80 credits should come from a range of subjects such as British History, European History, World History and Scottish History.
You will need a degree with at least 80 credit points of maths related subject such as Algebra, Analysis, Calculus, Geometry, Statistics, Differential Equations or Probability.
Modern Foreign Languages
1. Entry requirements for first language
- a degree with at least 80 credit points in the first language you want to teach
- before starting the course, you must have lived for six months in a country where the language is spoken
- you will have to prove to the University that you are competent at speaking the language
The scope of your language degree must allow you to contribute to wider programmes of study in schools – such as literature, cultural studies, area studies or languages in work.
While you lived abroad, you must have taken full part in the language and culture of the country. You must normally have lived in the country for blocks of at least three months. So if you have spent one of your study years abroad, you will be fine.
2. Entry requirements for second languages
- a degree with at least 80 credit points in the second language you want to teach
- before starting the course, you must have lived for at least three months in a country where the language is spoken
- you will have to prove to the university that you are competent at speaking the language
Of course, you will also meet all the requirements for your first foreign language.
The scope of your language degree must allow you to contribute to wider programmes of study in schools – such as literature, cultural studies, area studies or languages in work.
While living abroad the applicant must have fully taken part in the language and culture of the relevant country. The period of three months must either be consecutive or in blocks of at least four weeks.
While you lived abroad you must have taken full part in the language and culture of the relevant country. The period of three months must either be consecutive or in block of at least four weeks.
If you have any questions about the registration and residency requirements for second languages, get in touch with the GTCS.
3. Native speakers of a modern foreign language
If you are a native speaker of a modern foreign language and you have a degree in your own language, you may be qualified to train to teach that language. Your degree must meet the requirements outlined above (entry requirements for first language).
If you are a native speaker and have a degree in an additional language which meets these requirements, you may train to teach that language as well as your mother tongue. For example, a French student with a degree in German can train to teach German and French.
You must have a degree with at least 80 credit points from two of the subjects listed below. Within these 80 credit points at least 40 must be from either Politics or Sociology.
- History or Economic History
- International Relations
- Social Policy
You will need a degree with at least 80 credit points from a range of the following subjects: Electricity and Magnetism, Electronics, Optics, Mechanics, Dynamics, Nuclear and Atomic Physics.
You will need a degree with at least 80 credits points from two or more areas as follows:
- Religious Studies
- Sociology of Religion
- Anthropology of Religion
- Psychology of Religion
If you wish to teach Religious Education in a Catholic school then your degree must have at least 80 credit points in Religious Studies, Theology, Divinity. This may also include a maximum of 20 credit points in Philosophy related to religion.
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: email@example.com
For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Programmes starting August 2019
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
If you are interested in applying please apply through UCAS Apply and track: www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/apply-and-track where your application will be reviewed by our Admissions Team. If your application is successful you will be invited for interview. If you would like further information please send your enquiry to: email@example.com.
For the PGDE Secondary 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 email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Glasgow UCAS codes (required for online UCAS application) are as follows:
Applications are now open for:
- PGDE Education (Secondary): Art & Design: W1X1
- PGDE Education (Secondary): Biology: C1X1
- PGDE Education (Secondary): Business Education: N1X1
- PGDE Education (Secondary): Chemistry: F1X1
- PGDE Education (Secondary): Computing: G5X1
- PGDE Education (Secondary): English: Q3X1
- PGDE Education (Secondary): French: R1X1
- PGDE Education (Secondary): French with German: RX11
- PGDE Education (Secondary): French with Italian: RX1C
- PGDE Education (Secondary): French with Spanish: RXD1
- PGDE Education (Secondary): Geography: F8X1
- PGDE Education (Secondary): History: V1X1
- PGDE Education (Secondary): Mathematics: G1X1
- PGDE Education (Secondary): Modern Studies: V9X1
- PGDE Education (Secondary): Physics: F3X1
- PGDE Education (Secondary): Religious Studies: V6X1
- PGDE Education (Secondary): Spanish With French: RX41
Please note that degree level 'Undergraduate' must be selected, in order to locate the PGDE programmes on UCAS.
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