What is special about this course?
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:
- Argyll College UHI and Argyll and Bute Council
- Inverness College UHI and Highland Council
- Lews Castle College UHI and Comhairle na Eilean Siar
- Perth College UHI and Perth and Kinross Council
- Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI and Highland Council
- West Highland College UHI and Highland Council
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.
- Opportunity to follow a teacher education programme across the Highlands and Islands
- The course will prepare you for life as a reflective professional, supporting high quality learning for the children you teach
- The course also offers the option of gaining up to 40 masters level credits by submission of assignments at SCQF level 11
- Applicants should hold a degree at undergraduate level or above. An honours degree at 2:2 or above is preferred, as the teaching on the programme sits at honours and masters level
- Applications will be considered from those not holding honours who are able to evidence sufficient academic capacity to undertake the programme. This must be done by providing a transcript of the degree which evidences the applicant's capacity to work at honours and masters level
In addition to the above, applicants must hold:
- Scottish Higher level grade C or above, OR
- A level at grade D, OR
- GCSE English Language (C) and English Literature (C) or equivalent, PLUS
Mathematics or Applications for Mathematics:
- National 5 at grade C or above, OR
- SQA Intermediate 2 or Standard grade Credit OR
- GCSE Mathematics (Grade C or above) or equivalent
The personal statement needs to include reflection and analysis of recent voluntary or paid work in a Primary context - this is one of the selection criteria we use when inviting to our selection events.
Selection events are usually held at the end of February / early March.
Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course
Applications for the PGDE in Primary Education must be made through the main UCAS scheme in the same way as undergraduate programmes, and not through UCAS Teacher Training. This applies to all institutions in Scotland delivering the PGDE. Please note that this course does not accept applications for deferred entry. Applicants must provide details of their degree, English and Maths qualifications within the application, failure to do so will lead to automatic rejection. Application deadlines include submission of references. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that referees are aware of the deadlines and that the application is submitted fully prior to the relevant deadline.
PDGE Taught Modules
Collaborative Practice (20 credits)
This module will develop teachers who are critically reflective, accomplished and enquiring professionals, able to fully engage with the complexities of education and become key people in shaping educational change. It will enable an understanding of the nature of curriculum and its development, the relevance to the modern world and a changing society. The module will examine how Curriculum for Excellence aims to achieve a transformation in education by providing a more enriched, coherent and flexible curriculum. Students will be equipped with the skills to plan, teach and assess within a curriculum framework where the focus is on themes across learning and working with their class and teaching colleagues as part of the whole school.
Enquiry and Practice (20 credits)
This module is aimed at establishing children and young people’s learning, and their classroom experiences as learners, as the central focus for students’ enquiry into their own practice, as the key driver for all planning, teaching and assessment decisions made. The module is closely linked to the four blocks of Placement experience in Gaelic medium settings, to enhance understanding of learning as a continuum.
Reflective Practice (20 credits)
The module will equip students with the necessary tools to develop an enquiring and critical approach to their teaching, as part of their own personal and professional resources to ensure continuing growth and development. It aims to ensure that the aspirant teacher will become a reflective professional, embodying the necessary skills to think seriously about the quality of children and young people’s learning and the ways in which their own practice impacts on learning. The module will also give students a critical appreciation of how the key concepts of language understanding and development are integrated into teaching and how they impact on each other.
Professional Practice (Primary) (60 credits)
For this module students will develop their teaching practice and professional identity as a teacher in four blocks of school placements in three different schools. These are allocated nationally via the Student Placement System to afford experience of the progressive levels of Curriculum for Excellence:
- 4 weeks in Primary 2, 3 or 4
- 4 weeks in Primary 1
- 5 weeks in Primary 5, 6 or 7
- 6 weeks in a Primary class not yet experienced
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.
How will I study my course?
- For the taught elements of the course, you will study through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures, and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE)
- The practice element takes place in schools
- Travel to the residential inductions - meals and accommodation are provided
- Travel to school placements - these are arranged through the GTCS national system to be within 90 minutes travel time from your term-time address
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 1 year
Where can I study my course?
- Argyll College UHI - Oban
- Inverness College UHI
- Lews Castle College UHI
- Perth College UHI
- Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI
- West Highland College UHI
How much will my course cost?
The following fees apply to our PGDE:
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*The Home-Scotland/EU fee rate is set by the Scottish Government and will be confirmed by March 2019.
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There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying. Students who are resident and studying in Scotland can apply for their fees to be paid by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). SAAS will determine eligibility.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Graduates will hold provisional registration as a primary teacher with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland). This qualifies students to apply for GTC Scotland’s induction year, which can then allow teachers to qualify for the status of full registration.
Can I progress into further study?
Graduates can progress to the university's MEd Critical Enquiry and other UK Masters programmes.
Is there more information available online?
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