Primary Education (PGDE)

University of the Highlands and Islands


UHI Argyll, UHI Inverness, UHI Moray, UHI Outer Hebrides, UHI North Highland, Orkney College UHI, Perth College UHI, UHI Shetland, UHI West Highland, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


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 18 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.

Taught modules:

Collaborative Practice; Enquiry and Practice; Reflective Practice; Professional Practice (Primary).

Plus professional practice in schools in Argyll and Bute, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Highland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree, 2:2 Honours preferred. Higher English at C or above (or equivalent) and Maths or Applications of Maths at National 5. Those applying for Gaelic pathway must be fluent in Gaelic.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Start Date



Postgraduate Diploma

Study Method

Full time


English (X100) Gaelic Medium (X103)

Course Length

1 year


Education and Childcare

SCQF Level



Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other