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Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary)

Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary)

Key information

Qualification type

PGDE - Professional Graduate Diploma in Education

Subject areas

Primary Schools (General) Teaching In Primary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

This course provides the formal teaching qualification for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), giving you the skills, knowledge and experience to build a career as a primary school teacher. You cover a wide range of subjects that feature in the primary school curriculum including English/Literacy, Health and Wellbeing, and Mathematics/Numeracy. This course is accredited by General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). The PGDE enables you to develop core skills in planning, teaching, assessment and evaluation strategies, classroom and behaviour management, and contemporary issues in Scottish education. Successful completion of all elements of the course means that you receive the formal teaching qualification necessary for provisional registration with the GTCS, a requirement for entry into the guaranteed one-year Teacher Induction Scheme in Scotland. Most UWS graduates remain in mainstream teaching in the UK or abroad. Others work in specialist educational areas including working with children with additional learning support needs, adult training, museums, writing and publishing, health education, curriculum development, and social services.

Different course options

Full time | Ayr Campus | 1 year | AUG

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



School Experience (40 Credits) - Core
The Primary Curriculum (40 Credits) - Core
School and Professional Studies (40 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

All applicants should hold a degree validated by a university in the UK or a degree of an equivalent standard from outside the UK. Given that the demand for places significantly exceeds the number of places, priority is given to applicants who have attained a 2.1 or 1st class Honours degree. All applicants must also have achieved qualifications in both English and Mathematics as follows prior to their application being considered: English: a minimum of English at SQA Higher Grade C (or equivalent) and Mathematics: a Minimum of Mathematics at SQA National 5 Grade C (or equivalent).