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.
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.
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.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
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.Book IELTS
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Minimum required score (Grade B2):
The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
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).
£9,250 per year of study
£9,250 per year of study
The Scottish Government does not provide any statutory student funding for international students studying in Scotland.
However, there are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at UWS.
StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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