This course will prepare you for life as a secondary teacher in Gaelic Medium Education (GME), with the skills and knowledge, to influence the lives of the young people you teach.
The PGDE (Secondary) consists of 18 weeks study at the university (based at Lews Castle College, Stornoway and at the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway), plus 19 weeks in professional practice in schools.
You must be a fluent Gaelic speaker, your language proficiency will be assessed through interview. On this pathway parts of the course are delivered through the medium of Gaelic, all written assessments will be done in Gaelic and you will complete the majority of your school practice in a GME setting, plus one placement in an English speaking classroom.
• 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 undertake secondary teacher training in GME within the Western Isles.
• Input from experienced teachers within the Nicolson Institute throughout the programme.
• Opportunity to enhance your understanding of Gaelic culture and to develop language competence.
• The course will prepare you for life as a reflective professional, supporting high quality learning for the young people you teach.
Taught modules: The Critical and Enquiring Professional Teacher; Children, Young People and their Curriculum; Children, Young People and their Learning.
Professional Practice: in the Nicolson Institute, other secondary schools in the Western Isles and other Gaelic Medium Education settings.
Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR
: There are subject specific entry guidelines for secondary teaching stipulated by GTC Scotland. These are available from the GTC Scotland website: Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Programmes of Initial Teacher Education in Scotland, 2013
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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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
A relevant degree at undergraduate level or above, preference will be given to those possessing a degree at Honours level, consideration will also be given to those holding ordinary degrees, plusHigher Grade English at Grade C or aboveNational 5 Mathematics (or equivalent)NOTE: There are subject specific entry guidelines for secondary teaching stipulated by GTC Scotland. Website: Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Programmes of Initial Teacher Education in Scotland, 2013You must be a fluent Gaelic speaker and able to read and write in GaelicSuccessful applicants must become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course