Education With Primary Teaching Qualification MEduc

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The Master of Education programme is an internationally recognised teaching qualification with a strong focus on the theory of learning and on how theory and practice are effectively used in the classroom to support all learners in the 21st century.

The programme also offers a route for those interested in becoming teachers in Catholic schools. Refer to Degrees and 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 best suited to their requirements.

You can exit after four years with an MA (Hons) in Education with Teaching Qualification or complete your fifth year and qualify with the MEduc.


  • September start
  • Session dates
  • Education with Teacher Qualification Primary (Undergraduate) MEduc: 4Q21 5 year degree
  • Education with Teacher Qualification Primary including Catholic Teacher’s Certificate (Undergraduate) MEduc: 4Q22 5 year degree

Programme structure

Year 1

You will learn about the nature of learning in the primary curriculum, child development theories, curricular theory and professional practice and identity. You will also choose form a selection of courses from the wider University. You will have three weeks out on school placements. If you intend to follow the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate in Religious Education, you are offered the opportunity to study theology.

Year 2

You will begin to study the role of education in society and consider the interconnectedness of the wider society on schools and schooling. You will learn about educational philosophers and explore in greater depth pedagogical content knowledge and their associated curriculums. You will have a five-week placement in school

Year 3

You will expand upon your knowledge and understanding of the primary curriculum and your ability to reflect and improve on your own practice. You will also be given the opportunity to choose an area of study from a number of elective courses. You will have a total of 12 weeks out in school placement.

Year 4

Analysis of links between modern day Scottish society and global influences like eco pedagogy are studied. Effective classroom practice and a focus on enquiry- based learning and inclusion. A further Elective is chosen. You have a 12-week school placement.

Year 5

You will undertake a research course in Professional enquiry & decision-making to develop your approach to evidence-based research. Thereafter, you will undertake a dissertation to qualify with the MEduc.

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.

Special Glasgow feature

This is a Masters degree with undergraduate entry which will develop knowledge, skills and leadership in an elected area of choice. The programme will take five years to complete and students will be qualified to teach in schools, on a supply basis, at the end of year 4. This in turn will help to inform the 5th year of study and the research project. Studies throughout the programme will blend theoretical and research approaches with classroom practice.

Our international links

In Years 2 and 3, you may be able to apply to study abroad, either for a short visit (eg three weeks) or for a longer period (eg one semester or a year). At present, students in the School of Education enjoy opportunities to study in the USA, Australia and various locations across Europe. See: Study abroad.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2021

Summary of entry requirements for Education with Primary Teaching Qualification

SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6)

  • AAABB (ABBB S5 minimum for consideration)
  • Additional requirements: Higher English and National 5 Mathematics or Application of Mathematics Grade B. Interview.

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S6)

  • Additional requirements: Higher English and National 5 Mathematics or Application of Mathematics Grade B. Interview. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.

* See Access Glasgow for eligibility.

A-level Standard Entry Requirements

  • AAB – BBB
  • Additional requirements: A-Level English and GCSE Mathematics at Grade B or 5. Interview.

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 36 (6,6,5 HL) – 32 (6,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: HL English and SL Mathematics at 4. Interview.

2021 Admissions Policy and further information about entry requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

English language requirements

Important information for entry in Autumn 2020 and January 2021

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 (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • 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
  • IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years 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:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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 External Relations

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.

Career prospects


This programme leads to registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Degrees and UCAS codes

Applicants should apply only once using the UCAS code best suited to their requirements.

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:


Education with Teacher Qualification Primary (Undergraduate): 4Q21 (5 years)
Education with Teacher Qualification Primary including Catholic Teacher’s Certificate (Undergraduate): 4Q22 (5 years)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.


The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.

RUK Access Bursary

The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship. It is available to new entrant full-time, undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2021/22, as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

RUK Excellence Scholarship

The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent). 

James McCune Smith Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has 30 undergraduate scholarships available for students Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students. The scholarship supports students who could face financial difficulties taking up their place to study at the University. The value of the scholarship is £2,000, paid in instalments for the first year of undergraduate study. The scholarship is open to new applicants to the University. Current students who have previously been in receipt of the award may reapply, however, preference will be given to applicants entering their first year of study.

Beaconhouse Schools

The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.

Undergraduate Talent Scholarships

The University of Glasgow awards c.50 undergraduate 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 typically £1,500 p.a. for each year of the degree programme, subject to satisfactory progress. Talent Scholarships are available to students entering any of the University's Colleges.

Dental School students are eligible for a Talent Scholarship in their first year of study only. They are eligible for the NHS Dental Student Support Grant in the following years.

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

How to apply


Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). 

International students to Arts, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, and Social Sciences can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS. Applications to Dentistry, Education, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine must be made through UCAS.

Application deadlines

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students

We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.

It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.


As part of its remit from 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 MEduc Programme offers a route that incorporates the Catholic Teacher’s Certificate. Applicants interested in becoming teachers in Catholic primary schools are encouraged to apply for the programme using this UCAS code. (Please note there are eligibility requirements for teaching in Catholic primary schools in Scotland and applicants are encouraged to consult guidance from the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland.)

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