• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
The UWS PGDE Primary course provides the formal teaching qualification for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), giving you the skills, knowledge and experience to build a career as a primary school teacher. The programme enables you to develop core skills in planning, teaching, assessment and evaluation strategies, classroom and behaviour management, and contemporary issues in modern education.

About

The Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary) programme is offered at University of the West of Scotland. Eighteen weeks of school experience placements occur in at least two primary schools/education and childcare settings within local authorities in Scotland.

You cover a wide range of subjects that feature in the primary school curriculum including English/Literacy, Health and Wellbeing, and Mathematics/Numeracy.

The programme enables you to develop core skills in planning, teaching, assessment and evaluation strategies, classroom and behaviour management, and contemporary issues in Scottish education. You can also undertake an additional module at Masters level.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the Teaching in Scotland website prior to making an application.

An offer of a place in this course is made on the basis of your application and successful interview.

Career Prospects

You receive the formal teaching qualification necessary for provisional registration with the GTCS, a requirement for entry into the guaranteed one-year Teacher Induction Scheme.

Most UWS graduates remain in mainstream teaching in the UK or abroad. Others work in specialist educational areas including working with children with additional learning support needs, adult training, museums, writing and publishing, health education, curriculum development, and social services.

Programme Structure

You will cover a wide range of subjects that feature in the primary school curriculum. 

The subjects studied include English/Literacy, Health/Wellbeing and Mathematics/Numeracy.

The programme will also cover core skills in planning, teaching, assessment and evaluation strategies, classroom and behaviour management and contemporary issues in Scotland.

You can also undertake an additional module at Masters level.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: If you are applying from overseas for postgraduate taught courses, the latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

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Academic Requirements

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

All applicants for PGDE courses should hold a degree that has been validated by a university in the UK or a degree of an equivalent standard from outside the UK. Applicants should also have (preferably a B pass in) Higher English (or equivalent), and be qualified in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5, e.g. National 5 (preferably B pass), Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit (1 or 2).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    10600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Hamilton

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

The Scottish Government does not provide any statutory student funding for international students studying in Scotland.

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