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The Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Primary 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.

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. You can also study one module at Masters' level which can help you in later years work towards a further qualification.

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.

Teaching & Assessment

The PGDE Primary programme is an intense course, comprising 18 weeks of on-campus teaching and 18 weeks of placement in primary schools.

The main pedagogy is interactive lectures and workshops. Collaborative tasks and group learning are integral to the programme.

One of the core modules - School and Professional Studies – is taught through a combination of face-to-face classes and online tutorials.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study PGDE (Primary).

Full Time (9 months)

Tuition fees

£13,000.00 (13,33,471) overall cost

The mentioned fee is for 2020/21 year entry. There might be a sight increase in 2021/22 year entry.




Ayr Campus

University Avenue,


South Ayrshire,

KA8 0SX, Scotland

Full Time (9 months)

Tuition fees

£13,000.00 (13,33,471) overall cost

The mentioned fee is for 2020/21 year entry. There might be a sight increase in 2021/22 year entry.




Lanarkshire Campus


Eco Campus, Stephenson Place Hamilton International Technology Park,


G72 0LH, Scotland

Entry requirement for international students

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); Mathematics - a Minimum of Mathematics at SQA National 5 Grade C (or equivalent). IELTS 6.0 with no skill below 5.5; TOEFL IBT: 78; no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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