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Primary Teaching in English or Gaelic


Course Description

Applications for PGDE Primary Teaching in English have re-opened for Argyll College UHI, Lews Castle College UHI, Moray College UHI, and North Highland College UHI

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 5PM, MONDAY 29 MAY AND INTERVIEWS WILL BE HELD AT THE END OF JUNE 2017

This course will prepare you for life as a primary teacher, with the skills and knowledge, to influence the lives of children you teach.

The PGDE consists of 18 weeks study at the university, plus 19 weeks in professional practice in schools. The placements in schools are arranged nationally and you will be placed in schools within travelling distance of your home or term-time address. You will be able to choose from two pathways, English and Gaelic.

If you wish to apply for the Gaelic pathway you must be a fluent Gaelic speaker, your language proficiency will be assessed at interview. On this pathway, parts of the course are delivered through the medium of Gaelic and you will complete the majority of your school practice in a Gaelic setting.

Graduates of the course will hold provisional registration as a primary teacher with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

You will benefit from studying in small, locally-based groups while collaborating remotely with other student teachers and tutors across the university’s network of colleges. The programme overlaps significantly with the PGDE Secondary to offer a cross-sector
perspective.

A three-day residential induction is held at the start of the course with a further one in March which focuses on outdoor learning. Each local cohort will also organise a showcase event at the end of the course, as part of developing leadership.

Further information about studying on our PGDE programmes at https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/t4-media/one-web/university/study-at-uhi/uhi-pgde-faqs.pdf

Special features

• Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
• Opportunity to follow a teacher education programme across the Highlands and Islands
• Gaelic pathway available at Inverness College UHI; Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway;and Argyll College UHI, Oban for fluent Gaelic speakers
• The course will prepare you for life as a reflective professional, supporting high quality learning for the children you teach
• The course also offers the option of gaining 40 masters level credits by submission of three assignments at level 11.

Where can I study my course?

Start Date is in August

Argyll College UHI - Oban (English and Gaelic pathway available)
Inverness College UHI - (English and Gaelic pathway available)
Lews Castle College UHI - (English and Gaelic pathway available)
Moray College UHI
North Highland College UHI - Thurso
Orkney College UHI
Perth College UHI - Subject to approval
Shetland College UHI

Taught modules:

• The critical and enquiring professional
• Children, Young people and their curriculum
• Children, Young people and their learning
Plus professional practice (60 credits, four placements) in schools in Argyll and Bute, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Highland, Moray, Orkney, Perth and Kinross and Shetland.
All modules are compulsory, There is the option to submit three assignments at level 11 to gain 40 Masters level credits.

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

See Scholarships tab below for full details

Top five reasons to study at UHI

1. Do something different: our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum which often reflects the unique environment and culture of our region and closely links to vocational skills required by a range of sectors.
2. Flexible learning options mean that you can usually study part time or full time. Some courses can be studied fully online from home or work, others are campus-based.
3. Choice of campuses – we have campuses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Each campus is different from rich cultural life of the islands; the spectacular coasts and mountains; to the bright lights of our city locations.
4. Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
5. The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the ‘visit website’ button below which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select the Apply tab to complete our online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links beow or call on 0845 272 3600.

English Language Requirements

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements

Visit the Primary Teaching in English or Gaelic page on the University of the Highlands and Islands website for more details!



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Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Carnegie Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursaries - 4 Awards

Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University of the Highlands and Islands and should have firmly accepted that offer. Applicants who do not hold an offer of admission by the deadline will not be considered for the award.Criteria
The bursary will be awarded on the basis of academic merit with due consideration also being given to financial circumstances.Selection Procedure
A Selection Committee will meet in June 2016 to review the applications. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of June.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £4000

Eligibility

The bursaries will be awarded to applicants who are accepted for admission on either a one year full-time or two year part-time basis for a taught postgraduate programme of study at the University of the Highlands and Islands. To be eligible, applicants must;Be Scottish by birth OR
Be of Scottish extraction (have at least one parent born in Scotland) OR
Have received three full years of secondary, further and/or higher education in Scotland

Application Procedure

A completed application form, together with the correct supporting documentation as outlined in Section D of the form, should be received by Michaela Gilmore by the closing date of 31st May 2016 in order to be considered for the award.

Further Information

http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/first-steps/how-much-will-it-cost/funding/bursaries-and-special-funds/carnegie-cameron-taught-postgraduate-bursaries-1


(Scholarship)

Bursaries and special funds - No. of awards TBC

Scholarships, discretionary funds and bursaries may be available to our postgraduate students, Please check our website for more information.https://www.uhi.ac.uk/other-funding-sources
https://www.uhi.ac.uk/bursaries-and-special-funds

Value of Scholarship(s)

Varies

Eligibility

Various - see webpages

Application Procedure

Please see our website for details of the application process for any relevant funds.

Further Information

http://www.uhi.ac.uk/funding


(Scholarship)

University of the Highlands and Islands Alumni Discount - No. of awards TBC

A 10% discount in tuition fee is available to degree graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands on any of our taught postgraduate courses. The alumni discount applies only to the tuition fee element and does not apply to any additional costs which may be required to complete the course. The discount cannot be applied retrospectively and must be requested before or at the time of paying the first year fee.The alumni discount is not available in conjunction with any bursary or scholarship or combinable with any discounts from the university.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% discount on tuition fees

Eligibility

Degree graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands are eligible for 10% discount on the relevant tuition fee for any of our taught postgraduate courses.

Application Procedure

Eligible degree alumni must request and have confirmation of the 10% tuition fee discount preferably during the admissions process, but certainly prior to payment of fees and/or enrolment.

Further Information

http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/alumni/alumni-benefits/alumni-benefits-sign-up


(Scholarship)

Postgraduate Loans from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) - No. of awards TBC

• From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500. • Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year. • Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April. • Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company • You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan

Value of Scholarship(s)

£10,000 (full-time); £5,500 (part-time up to two years)

Eligibility

• Scottish-domiciled and non-UK EU postgraduate students on eligible courses.

Application Procedure

• You should apply directly to SAAS.

Further Information

http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/first-steps/how-much-will-it-cost/funding-your-studies/



Entry Requirements

A degree at undergraduate level or above, preference will be given to those possessing a degree at Honours level, though consideration will also be given to those holding ordinary degrees,PLUS:English:Scottish Higher level grade C or above, ORA level at grade D, ORGCSE English Language (B) and English Literature (B) or equivalent, ANDMaths or Lifeskills Maths: National 5 at grade C or above, ORSQA Intermediate 2 or Standard grade Credit ORGCSE Mathematics (Grade B or above) or equivalentOther specific requirements are listed on the course page on our website

Course Fees

In 2017/18 Scottish and EU £1820, Rest of UK £8000


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