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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    August

  • 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

    02 October 2019

Programme description

The Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Primary is for graduates who wish to enter the teaching profession at primary school level. This 36-week programme is the Scottish route to qualified teacher status.

This is an intensive programme of study with half of this time spent in placement schools and the other half spent studying on campus.

Through graduate level study of education and professional placements, you will begin your development as a primary school teacher. 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.

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.

Accreditation

Graduates are qualified to teach and eligible for provisional registration from the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). Eligible graduates may join the Teacher Induction Scheme, a guaranteed, paid one-year probationary teaching post, or take up a Flexible Route.

Programme structure

This programme, starting in late August, is comprised of 3 blocks. Each block contains an equal balance between University-based 'Preparing for teaching' courses and school-based 'Professional Placement' courses.

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

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.

In addition, you will undertake extensive reading.

Most University 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.

Work placements/internships

Combining campus-based courses taught at Moray House and experiential Professional Placements undertaken in schools, this programme follows a chronological sequence of pupil learning and development at specific school stages.

Professional Placement courses comprise Practicum Strands that address classroom knowledge and skills; and experience of planning, managing, organising, assessing and evaluating pupil learning and taking on the role of a class teacher for increasing periods of time.

Professional Placements constitute approximately half of the programme, with students being allocated a placement within one of six key local authorities.

Career opportunities

Graduates from this programme are qualified to teach, and eligible for provisional registration from the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

On successful completion of this programme, students are recommended to contact the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) for provisional registration. Full registration is awarded on the completion of one satisfactory year of teaching the subject(s) for which qualification has been gained through this programme.

Eligibility for Teacher Induction Scheme

Students from Scotland, other parts of the UK (RUK) and other Member States of the European Union, who are studying at a Scottish Higher Education Institution are eligible to join the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS), a guaranteed and paid one-year probationary teaching post, organised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Preference Waiver Payment Scheme

If you join the General Teaching Council’s Preference Waiver Payment Scheme - which means you agree to work in any Scottish local authority for your induction post - in return, you will receive an £6,000 payment made if you complete your Teacher Induction Scheme year in the local authority to which you were allocated.


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

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