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Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary) (PGDE)


Course Description

Programme description

This Professional Graduate Diploma in Education 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.

The 36-week primary programme is an intensive programme of study, half of which 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!

Entry Requirements

A degree from a UK higher education institution, or its international equivalent. It may be that only applicants with a good honours degree (normally 2:1 or above) will be considered depending on how many places we have available. SQA Higher Grade pass at levels A, B, C (or equivalent) in English or GCSE English (Language) and English Literature both at C or better. SQA Standard Grade (Credit Level 1 or 2) pass in Mathematics, GCSE Mathematics B pass or better, or equivalent. A good level of experience in a primary school classroom setting.

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