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Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary)

The University of Edinburgh

9 months
21200 GBP/year
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This Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary) at The University of Edinburgh is for graduates who wish to enter the teaching profession at primary school level. This programme is one route to qualified teacher status in Scotland.


This Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary) at The University of Edinburgh is academically and professionally focused, drawing upon the expertise of its faculty and institute. The programme is located within the Institute for Education, Teaching and Leadership (ETL); the institute draws on a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, through the strength of the relationships with our partners, both locally and globally.

In particular, the Institute has expertise and professional impact in the changing role of teachers and leaders in a contemporary world; in learning for sustainability; in outdoor learning; in widening participation; in digital literacies and in areas of curriculum development like STEM and STEAM education all of which align with the GTCS Professional Standards.

This is an intensive programme of study with half of this time spent in placement schools and the other half spent studying on University of Edinburgh campus. Through graduate level study of education and professional placements, you will engage in being and becoming a teacher in Scotland.

The programme is designed to develop critically informed and confident teachers to meet the needs of our children and young people in the 21st Century. The PGDE programme aims to capture an interdependent view of the world and a deep commitment to sustainability and social justice for all. To achieve this the pedagogies employed aim to provoke a cultural shift away from transmissive teaching to something more agential and socially transformative.

Through our university-led and school-based placement therefore, teaching and learning aims to engage with and challenge taken for granted assumptions, encouraging and supporting our PGDE students to look inwards to their beliefs and assumptions and outwards to wider educational practices and policies, both nationally and globally.

Career opportunities

Graduates from this programme are qualified to teach, and eligible for provisional registration from the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

On successful completion of this programme, students are recommended to contact the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) for provisional registration. Full registration is awarded on the completion of one satisfactory year of teaching the subject(s) for which qualification has been gained through this programme.


Graduates are qualified to teach and eligible for provisional registration from the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). Eligible graduates may join the Teacher Induction Scheme, a guaranteed, paid one-year probationary teaching post, or take up a Flexible Route.

Programme Structure

The PGDE Primary programme is structured around two sets of courses. One set of courses, ‘Preparing for Teaching’, introduces students to and creates space for them to intellectually problematise critical concepts in education to help them develop their own identity and understanding of themselves as a beginning teachers as well as develop the professional knowledge, skills and action necessary for the complex realities of teaching.

The core values and commitments of the programme visions are explored through three conceptual themes, each with their own course:

  • Social, Professional, Personal and Political Dimensions of Education and Teaching
  • Pedagogies
  • Making and Conceptualising Curriculum

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, is preferred, and a high level of experience in a primary school classroom setting.
  • You should also hold SQA Higher English at minimum grade C or GCSE English Language AND GCSE English Literature, both passed at grade C/4 or above, and National 5 Mathematics or Applications of Mathematics at minimum grade B or equivalent qualifications – please contact the admissions office for advice.
  • We also expect you to have experience of working with children in formal or informal settings (both employment and volunteering roles will be considered) and an ability to reflect thoughtfully on that experience. You should have some knowledge and understanding of the Scottish curriculum.

Tuition Fee

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    21200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21200 GBP per year during 9 months.

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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