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 Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (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 must be a fluent Gaelic speaker at the start of this programme and your language proficiency will be assessed at interview. Parts of the programme are delivered through the medium of Gaelic and you will complete the majority of your school practice in classes that provide Gaelic Medium Education.
The course is offered in partnership with Argyll and Bute, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Highland, and Perth and Kinross councils, each working with the university through the relevant local campus:
You will be required to have a home or term-time address in the local authority area of your chosen campus. 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 is taught with the PGDE Primary (English medium) and 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.
Collaborative Practice (20 credits)
Enquiry and Practice (20 credits)
Reflective Practice (20 credits)
Professional Practice (Primary) (60 credits)
Plus professional practice (60 credits, four placements) For this module students will develop their teaching practice and professional identity as a teacher in four blocks of school placements. These are allocated nationally via the Student Placement System to afford experience of the progressive levels of Curriculum for Excellence:
Students will gradually increase the duration and scope of their responsibility for learning, teaching and assessment in their school placement class, culminating in classroom leadership for ten consecutive days during the final 6-week placement.
All modules are compulsory, There is the option to submit three assignments at level 11 to gain 40 Masters level credits.
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.
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You must apply through the main UCAS undergraduate scheme using code H49 for this programme
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links below or call on 0845 272 3600.
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 Gaelic page on the University of the Highlands and Islands website for more details!
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