- Start date: August
- Accreditation: General Teaching Council for Scotland
- Study mode and duration: 36 weeks full-time, including 18 weeks of placement experience
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The Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) is the graduate entry route for those who want to become a primary (or secondary) teacher in Scotland. The PGDE is an internationally recognised qualification, newly qualified teachers will be able to apply for qualified teacher status (QTS) or equivalent in their home country.
Why this course?
Teaching is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding careers you can pursue – you'll shape the minds of tomorrow!
This course will provide the theoretical and practical starting point to your teaching career. You'll acquire the skills, attitudes and competencies to communicate in the classroom.
This course is a professional training course which qualifies you to teach primary education. The qualification is recognised throughout the world and is regulated by the:
- General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)
- Scottish Government
Guaranteed employment for Scottish & EU students
If you're a Scottish or EU student, you're guaranteed a job for one year in a Scottish school after you graduate. This is part of the General Teaching Council for Scotland's (GTCS) Teacher Induction Scheme. Following graduation you should contact the GTCS for provisional registration. Once you complete your probationary year, you'll be awarded full registration.
As a newly-qualified teacher, you can receive an additional £6,000 under the Preference Waiver Scheme if you agree to work anywhere in Scotland for your induction scheme.
What you’ll study
You’ll learn the theories behind teaching practices and explore these throughout the year. You'll gain the skills necessary to become the best teacher you can be.
You'll also see the relevance of everything you're learning come alive while on placement. Classes are here on campus and you'll carry out three placements in two different schools throughout the year.
Each class includes course work that involves group or independent study on specified tasks. This may involve presentations and written reports. Although these are not assessed formally, they are essential learning experiences and are course requirements.
You must keep a portfolio of progress throughout the course. This prepares you for the continuation of professional development during your professional teaching career.
As part of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to submit two of your assignments at Masters level. If you choose to do this, you’ll be almost halfway towards a Masters in Education (MEd) qualification. If you go on to do the MEd, you'll only require to complete two Masters-level classes, a research class and a dissertation.
You can do this on campus or by distance learning.
You'll spend 18 weeks of the course on placement in a school within Scotland. You'll be continually assessed while there to show you meet the requirements for the Standards for Provisional Registration.
You must attend your placement school throughout the full working day. You must also attend school on staff in-service days unless told otherwise by your school.
Placement is your chance to put what you're learning into practice. You'll explore your own teaching style, learn new techniques and develop relationships with your pupils.
Please read our important information about the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. This is for all applicants applying for courses which involve placement opportunities (working with children or vulnerable adults).
Interested in postgraduate study?
At the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, our friendly and knowledgeable team will be available to provide you with all the information you need to kick-start your postgraduate journey at the University of Strathclyde.
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This class is taught both on campus and in schools. It'll help you become an effective teacher through learning about pedagogical theory, observing experienced teachers and applying your knowledge through teaching experience during the course.
Creative Contexts for Learning
This class will support you as you develop your approaches to curriculum, planning, learning, teaching and assessment, and includes cross-curricular approaches.
Educational Perspectives & Policies
This class develops your understanding of key educational issues in a broader intellectual context. It 's taught in a cross- sector way, so that primary and secondary students can share opinions and learn from each other.
Principles & Policy in Practice
This is the companion class to Educational Perspective and Policies. It shares a focus on critical professional engagement informed by educational research and theory.
This class gives you the opportunity to gain experience and further study in something you're particularly interested in. You can attend classes on campus, or undertake alternative methods of learning/development based on your area of interest.
It gives you the opportunity to gain experience
One of the biggest draws for me was that I could do my degree in under a year here whereas in Canada a post-graduate degree in education is two years in nearly every university. I didn't want to go back to school for another two years, I felt my career was already underway and so Strathclyde's single year program was the only one that felt right to me.
You're going to learn a lot. Be ready for the information you'll have coming your way. It may not all make sense to you upfront, but your placements will put everything into perspective.
The highlight of my PGDE was being able to build relationships with my placement classes and it’s such a satisfying moment when you’re teaching them something and that lightbulb moment happens and they just get it and they do something they couldn’t do yesterday. And that feeling as a teacher is so rewarding.
Learning & teaching
The course encourages active and participative styles of learning in order to meet your professional needs and to promote a commitment to continuing professional development.
The hours for the full-time course are 9am to 5pm. You’re expected to be working on course-related activity during those hours.
To be awarded the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education, you must pass all course modules.
Each class includes course work that involves group or independent study on specified tasks. This may involve presentations and written reports. Although these are not assessed formally they are essential learning experiences and are course requirements.
You should hold a degree validated by a higher education institution in the UK, or a degree of an equivalent standard from an institution from outside the UK. You also require:
As well as academic qualifications, you need to have:
These are some of the criteria that will be taken into consideration when selecting candidates for the interview stage.
Admission to Initial Teacher Education programmes 2021/22
At present, it is difficult for all potential student teachers to access schools to gain experience in support of their application for programmes of Initial Teacher Education. Where possible, opportunities should be sought to gain experience in contexts which involve working with children and/or young people. Where this is not possible, we will take particular care to explore potential student teachers' suitability to working with children and/or young people as a part of the admission process.
|*Acceptable alternative qualifications in English|
|**Acceptable alternative qualifications in Mathematics|
|English language requirements|
Please check our English requirements before making your application.
|PVG and overseas police check requirements|
All applicants who have been offered a place on the PGDE course will be required to complete an application to Join PVG Scheme or an application for Existing PVG Scheme Member through Strathclyde University prior to starting the course. Students will be required to pay between £18 to £59 depending on the related work they apply to.
If applicable, applicants who have been given an offer will also be required to obtain the relevant oversea(s) certificate(s) of good conduct.
If your application passes the initial selection process, you’ll be invited for interview. The interviewers will be interested in:
- your personality
- your ability to communicate
- your commitment to and perception of the role of the teacher
- your hobbies and interests
- any previous experience you have of working with children in a primary school or related setting
The aims of the interview are to give you more information about the course and to determine if you are suited to teaching. Interviews are normally held at the beginning of March.
Pre-Masters preparation course
The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.
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Fees & funding
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
If you've already had funding for a postgraduate course from SAAS, you'll only receive funding if you apply to a teaching priority subject.
|England, Wales & Northern Ireland|
Technological Education subjects: dust coat (£25), sturdy shoes (not trainers/not open shoes), safety glasses, additional bowl blanks (£5 to £20), additional pen blanks (£3.50)
Science subjects: lab coat (white), safety goggles and lab coat £37
Biology: lab coat (microbiology collar) - £30 and goggles - £7.
Home Economics: £20 protective coat
Psychology: £57 textbooks
Placements & field trips
Travel to schools
PVG Scheme (Protection of Vulnerable Groups)
£59 membership fee, £18 for existing members
Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
How can I fund my course?
Scottish students can apply to have the cost of their tuition fees paid for by the Scottish Government. Applications should be made online through the Students Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) website, the PGDE course falls under undergraduate study.
Students coming from England
Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
Students coming from Wales
Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
Students coming from Northern Ireland
Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
The Dean's International Excellence Award recognises academic achievement. It offers international students a merit-based scholarship of up to £4,000 for entry onto a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.
Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.
The PGDE qualification is required for employment as a teacher in a primary school. It qualifies you to teach in locations world-wide. Following the probationary period, it can provide a starting point for a clearly defined career structure within primary education. The promoted posts in primary schools are principal teacher, depute head teacher and head teacher.
Work anywhere in Scotland
As a newly qualified teacher, you can receive an additional £6,000 under the Preference Waiver Scheme if you agree to work anywhere in Scotland for your induction scheme.
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Scotland/EU/Rest of UK
Please ensure that all parts of the application are completed including details of qualifications which meet the minimum entry requirements. We may be unable to consider incomplete applications. On submitting your application please ensure that you have the following documents to hand. When we require these documents, we will request these from you. Please don’t send documents to us without being asked.
- Your degree certificate (if completed)
- Your academic transcript listing all the modules you have completed (this also applies if your degree is in progress)
- Evidence of Higher English (or equivalent) with a grade between A-C
- Evidence of National 5 Maths (or equivalent) with a grade between A-C
Please note the maximum file size for sending documents is 5.00MB.
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