Undergraduate 

Education with Primary Teaching Qualification MEduc

Teacher in class with pupils

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 from 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 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 are studied. Effective classroom practice and a focus on enquiry-based learning and inclusion. A further elective is chosen and you will 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 2023

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 S5 or S6)

  • MD20: BBBB (also other target groups*)
  • MD40: AABB*
  • 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**.

** Please note that we will be unable to provide feedback to applicants who are unsuccessful at interview stage.

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

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 sub-test 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 (ib, 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)

  • 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.

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 academic year following sitting.

Cambridge English Qualifications

  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall, no subtest less than 169

School Qualifications

  • iGCSE English or ESOL 0522/0500, grade C
  • International Baccalaureate English A SL5 or HL5
  • International Baccalaureate English B SL6 or HL5
  • SQA National 5 English or ESOL, grade B
  • SQA Higher English or ESOL, grade C
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education, English Language grade 4
  • West African Examination Council, Senior Secondary School Certificate, English grade C6

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 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.

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:

FAQs

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.

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

This is a five-year integrated Masters degree in Primary Teaching. You will be eligible to teach after year 4.

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:

MEduc

Education with Teacher Qualification Primary (Undergraduate): 4Q21 (5 years)
KIS
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.

Scholarships

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.

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). 

SQA applicants who are eligible for our Widening Participation programmes are encouraged to participate in one or more of these programmes, including Summer School, to support your application and the transition to higher education.

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
  • 26 January: all other UK applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international 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.

Note

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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