This course will prepare you for life as a primary teacher, with the skills and knowledge, to influence the lives of children you teach.
The PGDE consists of 18 weeks study at the university, plus 19 weeks in professional practice in schools. The placements in schools are arranged nationally and you will be placed in schools within travelling distance of your home or term-time address. You will be able to choose from two pathways, English and Gaelic.
If you wish to apply for the Gaelic pathway you must be a fluent Gaelic speaker, your language proficiency will be assessed at interview. On this pathway, parts of the course are delivered through the medium of Gaelic and you will complete the majority of your school practice in a Gaelic setting.
Graduates of the course will hold provisional registration as a primary teacher with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
A degree at undergraduate level or above, preference will be given to those possessing a degree at Honours level, though consideration will also be given to those holding ordinary degrees,PLUS:
Maths or Lifeskills Maths:
Relevant experience already gained and given expression in the applicant's accompanying personal statement will be taken into consideration.
Applicants for the Gaelic pathway must be fluent Gaelic speakers
Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course
Applications for the PGDE in Primary Education must be made through the main UCAS scheme in the same way as undergraduate programmes, and not through UCAS Teacher Training. This applies to all institutions in Scotland delivering the PGDE. Please note that this course does not accept applications for deferred entry. Applicants must provide details of their degree, English and Maths qualifications within the application, failure to do so will lead to automatic rejection. Application deadlines include submission of references. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that referees are aware of the deadlines and that the application is submitted fully prior to the relevant deadline.
Plus professional practice in schools in Argyll and Bute, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Highland, Moray, Orkney, Perth and Kinross and Shetland.
Full Time: 1 year
The following fees apply to our PGDE for 2016-17:
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There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying. Students who are resident and studying in Scotland can apply for their fees to be paid by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). SAAS will determine eligibility.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.
Graduates will hold provisional registration as a primary teacher with the General Teaching Council for Scotland. This qualifies students to apply for the GTCS's induction year, which can allow teachers to qualify for full registration.
Graduates can progress to the UHI MEd Critical Enquiry and other UK Masters programmes
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You must apply through the main UCAS scheme using UHI code H49 for this programme.
Please note: Applications for the PGDE Primary (English pathway) are currently closed. If you are still interested in applying for 2017 please check the website again after 10 May when places may have become available. The PGDE in Primary Education (Gaelic pathway) still has vacancies and remains open.
International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page
We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.