Undergraduate 

Primary Education with Teaching Qualification (Dumfries Campus) MA

Primary school children

This innovative, four-year degree programme approved by the General Teaching Council for Scotland is benchmarked against the highest standards of excellence.

You will benefit from small-group teaching, strong links with local schools, innovative teaching methods and a friendly and inclusive academic community.

  • September start
  • Session dates
  • Primary Education with Teaching Qualification (Dumfries) MA (Hons): X123 4 year degree

Dumfries campus

The University of Glasgow at Dumfries is a rural campus in south-west Scotland with a close-knit community of students from the UK and around the world.

A welcoming learning environment

Friendly residences and small class sizes will help you to get to know students and staff from all disciplines. You will be taught by academics who are among the top researchers in their fields, and who have a progressive vision for interdisciplinary teaching and research.

An idyllic location

The Dumfries campus is set in 85 acres of leafy parkland with stunning views to the Solway estuary and hills, proximity to hiking and cycling trails, rivers and lochs, and a walk or short bus ride to the historic town centre. With excellent transport links, the rest of the UK is within easy reach; Glasgow and Edinburgh are just under two hours away, while Carlisle is under an hour.

A multi-institutional campus

We’re proud to share the Crichton campus with the University of the West of Scotland and Dumfries & Galloway College.

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Programme structure

You will complete four school placements, all of which are designed to give you a sound background in teaching in primary schools. Placements cover all stages of the primary school and each placement has a specific subject focus.

Year 1

During your first year you must complete a mix of core and elective subjects. Core courses:

Literacy

This course aims to extend your awareness of the role of language in children’s social and intellectual development. You will learn about the strategies that effective primary teachers employ with regard to emergent literacy and the teaching of reading and writing. There is a cross curricular approach to teaching literacy, and activities in this national priority will extend pupils’ confidence and engagement in the area.

Mathematics: theory and pedagogy

You will be introduced to the primary mathematics curriculum, and your mathematical skills are consolidated so that confidence, competence and mastery in number and numeracy are attained at an appropriate level through independent study techniques and a variety of learning approaches.

Modern languages course (French or Spanish) 

You will learn basic skills in the language (listening, reading, writing and speaking) to the level required for the primary classroom. NB Those with a Higher pass (A–C) in either language may seek exemption if desired.

Professional practice in education

This course introduces a range of methodologies, pedagogies and assessment strategies which relate to teaching in the primary school. It introduces the planning and recording cycle, assessment of children’s learning and evaluation of your own teaching. It also provides opportunities to become familiar with the policies, procedures, resources and the overall day-to-day learning environment of a primary school and the use of creative and innovative pedagogical strategies for learning and teaching.

You will also choose from elective courses which will give you the opportunity to add breadth to your degree in subjects relevant to the primary curriculum. There is a six-week school placement during May and June.

Year 2

The core courses of Literacy, Mathematics and Professional practice in education continue. In addition you will complete two more core courses in Child Development and  Modern languages policy and pedagogy that will prepare you to teach in the primary classroom.

You will choose further courses from our range of elective subjects. There is a six-week school placement during May and June.

Year 3

In year 3, Professional practice in education continues as a core course, together with Curriculum and Assessment, STEM across the primary curriculum, Additional Support Needs & Inclusion,  and the Educational Enquiry & Research Methods course which will introduce you to educational research in your classroom setting. You will continue your studies in one elective area. There is one seven-week school placement in semester 2.

Year 4

Professional practice in education continues at Level 4, and other core courses are Professionalism & Leadership in Education and the Sociology of Educationl. You will also undertake an enquiry-based dissertation which gives you the opportunity to research an area of education which interests you. There is an 11-week placement in semester 2.

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.

Our international links

There is an optional international school placement for those in years 3 and 4, currently in Berlin. You may also be able to apply to study abroad in year 2. See Study abroad.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2022

Summary of entry requirements for Teaching: Primary Education with Teaching Qualification

SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6)

  • AAB/ABBB
  • 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 – BBBB*
  • 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

  • BBB – CCC
  • Additional requirements: GCSE Mathematics at Grade B or 5 and English Language and Literature at Grade C or 4. Interview**.

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 32 (6,5,5 HL) – 30 (5,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: HL English and SL Mathematics at 4. Interview**.

Disclosure Scotland

If you are accepted to a teaching degree you must undertake a Criminal Convictions check under the PVG Scheme prior to enrolment. It is your responsibility to pay for the check. Details will be sent to you. 

Interview policy

As part of our selection process, you will be interviewed. Interviews normally take place in February and are a great way for you to find out more about the campus and the degree programme.

** 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

Subject to confirmation for 2022 entry

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.

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; 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 is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland and is an internationally recognised teaching qualification. Our graduates teach at schools in Scotland, and globally including Ireland, Egypt, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Australia.

In addition to career progression in teaching such as leadership and management roles within schools, there are opportunities for specialist careers in fields allied to education as well as further study or research in education. 

You may exit after year 3 with an MA in Primary Educational Studies. This is not a teaching qualification but provides a good background for other careers in education and related areas.

Accreditation

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

Degrees and UCAS codes

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

MA (Hons)

Primary Education with Teaching Qualification (Dumfries): X123 (4 years)
KIS

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.

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 of African/African-Caribbean backgrounds. 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 one 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.

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.

Republic of Ireland (RoI) Access Bursary

Glasgow has a long and proud tradition of providing financial support to talented students who, for reasons of financial hardship, might not be able to take a place at university. Our RoI Access Bursary is part of our commitment to continue to attract and support students from a diverse range of backgrounds. The RoI bursary will be up to £2,000 for your first year of study and £1,000 for continuing years.

Payments of the RoI Access Bursary will be detailed in your Award Letter.

  • The RoI Access Bursary will be awarded as a cash payment.
  • The RoI Access Bursary will be paid in 10 instalments from October until July; this award is based on household income
  • The RoI Access Bursary will only be awarded in years where tuition fees of £9,250 apply (i.e. Normally Years 1,2 and 3. Bursary is not paid in Year 4 where no tuition fees are due).

Republic of Ireland (RoI) Excellence Scholarship

The RoI Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained at Irish Higher grades A1, A1, A1, A1 from the Irish Leaving Certificate.  Dentistry, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine applicants are not eligible for this award.

Payments

  • The RoI Excellence Scholarship will be processed as a cash payment.
  • The RoI Excellence Scholarship will be paid in 2 instalments.
  • The first payment will be in October and the second payment will be in February.

These payments will be credited to the UK bank account held on your MyCampus profile; therefore, it is vital that this is up to date at the start of the session. By submitting your bank details on the MyCampus system, you are confirming that you agree with the terms and conditions of the award.

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.

 

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.

Cowrie Foundation Scholarship

The University of Glasgow and The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation (CSF) will offer a scholarship to support Black African and Caribbean heritage applicants from socio-economically challenged backgrounds.  Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK and commencing an undergraduate study in the academic year 2021-2022.

The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation wants to fund 100 Black British students through UK universities in the next decade. More information on the Foundation can be found here.

Humanitarian Scholarships

The University of Glasgow is offering four scholarships (one per college) for applicants to the University who are staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate taught students of the University of Glasgow applying for entry in 2021/22. The scholarship meets the full cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme as well providing an additional £5,000 per year stipend, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met this will also be provided for the duration of your degree. For more information on the accommodation criteria, please see the Accommodation Services section on the website.

We are also offering eight scholarships to students who hold refugee status. This scholarship is awarded as a £2,500 stipend towards study costs, per year of study.

The Clan Gregor Society Prize

The Clan Gregor Society are offering an award to new entrants to the University of Glasgow who descend from Clan Gregor. Prospective students will be asked to submit an application highlighting areas of consideration such as academic excellence and financial need. The award is open to both Undergraduate and postgraduate applicants.

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/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.

Note

We welcome applications from qualified candidates from all denominations and none. Students aiming to teach in a Catholic school may, at their own discretion, undertake the University’s Catholic Teacher’s Certificate in Religious Education by Distance Learning.

Apply via UCAS

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