Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) – Primary

Course details


Ayr, Lanarkshire



Start Date

August 2019


Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)

About the course

The 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.

Eighteen weeks of school experience placements occur in at least two primary schools/education and childcare settings within local authorities in Scotland.

You cover a wide range of subjects that feature in the primary school curriculum including English/Literacy, Health and Wellbeing, and Mathematics/Numeracy.

The programme 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 undertake an additional module at Masters level.

Applications for this course are open to people currently residing in:

Scotland & EU/EEA

  • Year 1: Closed

England, Wales & Northern Ireland

  • Year 1: Closed

International (non-EU)

  • Year 1: Closed

Entry Requirements

The UCAS application process commenced in September 2018 for entry in August 2019.

Please note that the demand for places on the PGDE Primary programme significantly exceeds the number of places. We received 2000 applications for 110 places. In such a context, the minimum qualifications are not sufficient this year. We are unable to consider late applications.

All applicants for PGDE courses should hold a degree that has been validated by a university in the UK or a degree of an equivalent standard from outside the UK. Applicants should also have (preferably a B pass in) Higher English (or equivalent), and be qualified in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5, e.g. National 5 (preferably B pass), Intermediate 2 (preferably B pass) or Standard Grade Credit (1 or 2).

Given the high number of applications, preference is initially given to candidates who currently have an Honours degree and the required qualifications in English and Mathematics. If you are working towards gaining an Honours degree, your application may be considered. If you are currently working towards gaining qualifications in English and Mathematics, you are encouraged to apply from September 2018 for entry in session 2019-20.

Applicants are strongly advised to visit the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s website for full information on what is required to become a teacher in Scotland.


An offer of a place on this course is made on the basis of your application and successful interview. Interviews will be held on Ayr Campus. Should you be selected for interview, you will be offered a maximum of two interview dates i.e. if you are unable to attend the first date, you will be offered one rescheduled date.

The PGDE Primary course begins on 12 August 2019.

Successful applicants who gain a place on this course will need to register on the PVG Scheme, managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. An application form will be sent from the University once you have accepted your offer. The fee for joining the scheme is £59.

Visit the Disclosure Scotland website for more information on the PVG scheme.

Clearing Guide

Clearing can sometimes feel like a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. Don’t worry though as we’re here to guide you through the process, giving you the information and advice you need.

UCAS Track

You should use UCAS Track to keep up-to-date with your Undergraduate application. Your UCAS Track account will be updated once a decision has been made on your application and you’ll be notified.

Fees & Funding

Your tuition fee status is determined by your nationality and the country where you are ordinarily resident. Find out all about undergraduate fees and funding for Scottish, UK, EU and International students, including tuition fees, student loans, and alternative sources of funding.

Contact us

If you’re not sure about anything, get in touch – we are here to help!

Whilst we may be dealing with a lot of enquiries during Results Day, our advisors will do everything they can to answer your call or email as efficiently as possible, so you shouldn’t be waiting too long.

T: 0800 027 1000 (Freephone within the UK)
T: +44 (0)141 849 4101 (outwith the UK)


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Need help? Call the Clearing hotline: +44(0)141 849 4101

If you’re not sure about anything, get in touch – we’re here to help!

Lines are open from 8.45am to 4.45pm Monday to Friday with extended hours on the dates below. Whilst our lines may be busy during results day, our advisors will do everything they can to answer your call as efficiently as possible, so you shouldn’t be waiting too long.

  • Tuesday 6th August – 8.30am-6pm
  • Wednesday 7th August – 8.30am-6pm
  • Thursday 8th August – 8.30am-6pm
  • Friday 9th August – 8.30am-6pm

From Monday 12 August and onwards: 8.45am – 4.45pm

Clearing drop-in sessions

Our clearing drop-in sessions will be taking place simultaneously at both our Paisley and Lanarkshire campuses on Thursday 8th and Thursday 15th of August from 3.00 – 6.00pm.

Our student recruitment team and ambassadors will be on-hand to give you advice about your potential study options and what you are eligible to apply for.

If you already have your results, we’ll even be able to take you through your UCAS application if you wish to apply on-the-spot.

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