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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 9 months

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Scottish/EU Students: £3,400, Rest of UK Students: £3,400, International Students £11,000

Course content

With a strong practical bias, this programme provides the formal teaching qualification for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), preparing you for a primary school teaching career.

About the programme

Teachers in pre-5 and primary education play a key and important role in ensuring children have the best start possible, enabling them to lead successful, happy, productive and balanced lives.

The one-year PGDE (Primary) programme utilises our state-of-theart ICT labs and dedicated teaching rooms. We use our virtual learning environment and Glow, the education network, for delivery and assessment. Workshops, outdoor experiences and learning strategies make this a vibrant learning experience.

99% of students are in work or further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2015).

Practical experience

Eighteen weeks of school experience placements occur in at least two schools. Assessment is based on GTCS standards.

Your learning

Module one introduces the broad range of subjects that underpin the primary curriculum (Curriculum for Excellence) with a focus on mathematics and literacy.

Module two develops teaching skills at pre-5 and all stages of primary. Workshops focus on core skills in classroom management, planning, teaching, assessment and evaluation strategies, and behaviour management.

Module three, jointly delivered with PGDE (Secondary) students, explores contemporary issues in Scottish education. This module is offered at both SCQF levels 10 and 11, giving the option of 40 credits of internationally recognised Masters level study.

You can also undertake an additional 20-credit module at Masters level.

Our Careers Adviser says

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.

Applicants are strongly advised to visit the Teaching in Scotland website http://www.teachinscotland.org for full information on what is required to become a teacher in Scotland. For further information, contact our Course Enquiries Team.

Professional recognition

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

Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG)

Successful applicants who gain a place on this programme will need to register on the PVG Scheme, managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland, see http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk

Financial support

PGDE programmes are funded in the same way as undergraduate programmes. You can apply to SAAS to have tuition fees paid. Eligibility conditions apply; check http://www.saas.gov.uk for details

First-class facilities

You’ll have access to a wide range of technology to facilitate your learning. Our libraries are stocked with a vast range of specialist resources to help you in your studies, and you’ll also have access to our extensive electronic library collection (including e-books and academic journals) and the virtual learning environment, Moodle.

Visit the Primary Education (PGDE) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!






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