PGDE Primary Education – Dumfries Campus


The PGDE Primary is a 10 month full-time study programme with a start date of mid-August. Part time study is not an option. The programme will prepare students to enter the teaching profession as a primary school teacher and is fully GTCS (General Teaching Council for Scotland) accredited. Students will have placements in local primary schools throughout their PGDE study.

Entry on to the 10-month full-time programme would normally follow successful completion of a first degree. In addition, all applicants would need a minimum of Higher English at grade C and National 5 Maths grade C prior to their application being considered.

Relevant work experience will also be taken into account as part of the application process and this can be outlined on the personal statement on the UCAS application. There will be an interview for shortlisted applicants at the Dumfries campus.

The programme will include all of the required academic elements, as well as compulsory school experience placements and will be fully GTCS (General Teaching Council for Scotland) accredited. This will enable those who successfully complete the programme to teach at any level within the primary school system.


Teacher Registration

Before students can complete their teacher registration, they will need to complete a year on the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS) commonly referred to as the probationary year - this is a guaranteed one-year training post in a local authority which starts after the PGDE is completed. Participation in the TIS is not, however, compulsory and some may choose to follow the alternative Flexible Route which is less structured and may better suit their personal circumstances. More information on this is available at

Only students from Scotland, other parts of the UK and other Member States of the European Union, who are studying at a Scottish Higher Education Institution are eligible to join the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS).

Students from non-EU overseas countries who complete the PGDE are ineligible to join the (TIS) Scheme. These students can, however, follow the alternative Flexible Route to complete probationary service if they are able to remain in Scotland on completion of their studies.


Academic Entry Requirements

First Degree – all class of degree are accepted but priority is given to 2:1 honours degree holders.

Scottish Higher English at grade C or accepted alternative

National 5 Maths or Application of Maths at grade C or accepted alternative

Ongoing qualifications are accepted. Any offer will be conditional on obtaining the required grades before the programme start date. List of accepted alternatives is available online or by email request to admissions.


Personal Statement and Reference

Those who meet or have the potential to meet the academic entry requirements by the start date of the programme, will have their personal statement and reference reviewed and those shortlisted will be invited for interview. Due to the high number of qualified applicants, not everyone will be invited to interview. Those with recent primary school experience are likely to be invited for interview first.



Interviews will be held between December and April. Invitations will be updated on UCAS track where you can accept, decline or request a reschedule. Reschedules are not guaranteed. A communication will be sent out shortly after UCAS is updated with details of the interview structure.


Other Requirements

Those who receive and accept their offer must complete a ‘Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme and Overseas Checks’ commonly referred to as PVG check. These are processed by Disclosure Scotland and the School will support applicants through this check.


International / EC Applicants

Applications from international/EU applicants are accepted where the applicant has equivalent qualifications to meet the academic entry requirements. The admissions team will use NARIC - National Academic Recognition Information Centre (UK) to evaluate overseas qualifications.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level and for PGDE this is: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training with an overall score 6.5 and no sub-test less than 6.0. There are other English Language tests which are accepted, a list is available here or by email request to admissions.

Skype or Zoom interviews can be arranged if required.

Teacher Registration – see notes above.



The PGDE Primary programme has only 20 places available each year. Applications should be submitted through UCAS using UCAS Code X121

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Admissions enquiries:

Tel: 0141 330 2463


Programme enquiries:

Tel: 01387 702001