University of the Highlands and Islands PGDE

By | 14th June 2017

University of the Highlands and Islands PGDE

Primary Teaching PGDE

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.

You will benefit from studying in small, locally-based groups while collaborating remotely with other student teachers and tutors across the university’s network of colleges. The programme overlaps significantly with the PGDE Secondary to offer a cross-sector
perspective.

A three-day residential induction is held at the start of the course with a further one in March which focuses on outdoor learning. Each local cohort will also organise a showcase event at the end of the course, as part of developing leadership.

Special features

  • Opportunity to follow a teacher education programme across the Highlands and Islands
  • Gaelic pathway available at Argyll College UHI, Oban; Inverness College UHI; Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway for fluent Gaelic speakers
  • The course will prepare you for life as a reflective professional, supporting high quality learning for the children you teach
  • The course also offers the option of gaining 40 masters level credits by submission of three assignments at level 11.

University of the Highlands and Islands PGDE

Entry requirements

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:

English:

  • Scottish Higher level grade C or above, OR
  • A level at grade D, OR
  • GCSE English Language (B) and English Literature (B) or equivalent, AND

Maths or Lifeskills Maths:

  • National 5 at grade C or above, OR
  • SQA Intermediate 2 or Standard grade Credit OR
  • GCSE Mathematics (Grade B or above) or equivalent

Applicants with Ordinary degrees must provide a transcript of their degree and this needs to evidence their capacity to work at the academic level of the programme which sits across Honours and Masters levels

The personal statement needs to evidence recent voluntary or paid work in a Primary context – this is one of the selection criteria we use when inviting for interview.

Interviews are usually held at the end of February / early March.

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.