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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Course Type

    PgDip, Other

  • Course Fees

    Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

  • Last Updated

    29 October 2018

Course content

Programme description

This Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) is for graduates wishing to enter the teaching profession in Scotland at primary level.

The one-year programme is the Scottish route to qualified teacher status. We aim to produce successful, reflective teachers, sensitive to the demands of pupils, responsive to changes within the education system and committed to their own continuing professional development.

Taught over 36 weeks, the primary programme is an intensive programme of study. Half of this time is spent in placement schools, with the other half spent studying on campus.

Your learning follows the chronological sequence of pupil development - the focus is initially on early years, moving to the middle primary and then upper primary years.

Programme structure

Your placement experiences will cover three school settings: early years, middle primary and upper primary. Each placement is preceded by study on a school-stage-related course at the University.

Each unit of study comprises two courses, one on preparation for teaching, the other a school placement course. In addition, you will undertake extensive reading.

The courses involve learning in the domains of educational theory and practice, ensuring that you are well prepared to take on the professional role of a student teacher on placement. There is an emphasis on the development of collaborative working skills in problem-based learning contexts.

Most in-faculty learning is through lectures and workshop groups. There is an emphasis on collaborative and problem-based learning.

Students are also expected during their PGDE year to build on their academic literacy skills from their undergraduate degree.

Visit the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary) (PGDE) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!




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