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The application process

Preparing for your application

Minimum entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the PGDE courses at Strathclyde are set by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). One of the requirements set by the GTCS is that all applicants must have:

  • National Qualifications in English at SCQF Level 6 (for example, Higher Grade) or an accepted alternative; and
  • National Qualifications in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5 (for example, National 5, Credit, Standard Grade or Intermediate 2) or an accepted alternative

If you do not already have these qualifications, there are a number of ways you can obtain them through night classes and distance learning which will make it easier to fit around family and work commitments.  Read our PGDE student blog articles for more information:

Due to stiff competition for places some PGDE courses require to have English and Maths qualifications in place before applying/submitting an application, please check each for course individual entry requirements.

Getting experience of working with young people

Getting experience of working with young people not only helps to set you apart from other applicants, giving you something to mention in your personal statement, but it also serves as a taster of the job that you are planning to work towards. 

Experience can come in a number of forms such as volunteering at a local school, working at a youth camp or as part of your current job. For certain subjects which are highly competitive and particualry for Primary Education getting this kind of experience is very important.

Personal statement

Your personal statement is an important part of the PGDE application, it gives you the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and highlight why you want to be a teacher. There is a 4000 character limit set by UCAS who provide useful personal statement guidance for PGDE applicants. 

Submitting your application

Scottish, UK & EU applicants

Although the PGDE is a graduate entry course you are required to submit your application via the UCAS applicant system. You can find the appropriate UCAS code in the 'key facts' section of the PGDE course pages.

International (Non-EU) applicants

International applicants are required to apply through Pegasus, the University's online application system. You will find links to the application form in the 'apply' section of the course pages.  

Part-time applicants

All part-time applicants are required to submit their application via Pegasus, the University's online application system.

Supporting documents

Once you have submitted your application via UCAS you need to send our admissions team copies of your supporting documents so that we can fully access your application. These doucments include:

  • Your degree certificate
  • Your academic degree transcript listing all the modules you have completed
  • 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

International applicants should upload all these supporting documents via Pegasus. 

We accept the following document formats: BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, TIF, TIFF, TXT, XLS, XLSX.  

What if I don't have these documents?

You can request your degree certificate and academic transcript from your graduating university. If you are still in the process of completing your degree please send the most up-to-date version of your academic degree transcript.
If you are currently completing the relevant English or Maths qualification your application will still be considered based on your academic degree transcript.

The interview

If you meet the minimum entry requirements and are succesful in your application you will be invited for an interview. Interviews usually take place on campus but in some cases be arranged via Skype, you will be at no disadvantage if your are interviewed in this way.  

The possible results of the interview are:

  • Unconditional offer
  • Conditional offer (you still need to satisfy the entry qualifications in some way)
  • A rejection of your application

If successful an offer will be made through UCAS who will then communicate the result to you. Offers for international and part-time students will be made via Pegasus.