Primary Education (PGDE)

University of Edinburgh


Holyrood Campus


The Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Primary is for graduates who wish to enter the teaching profession at primary school level. This 36-week programme is the Scottish route to qualified teacher status.

This is an intensive programme of study with half of this time spent in placement schools and the other half spent studying on campus.

Through graduate level study of education and professional placements, you will begin your development as a primary school teacher. Your learning follows the chronological sequence of pupil development - the focus is initially on early years, moving to the middle primary and then upper primary years.

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent is preferred, and a high level of experience in a primary school classroom setting. You should also hold SQA Higher English at minimum grade C or equivalent. National 5 Maths or Applications of Mathematics at minimum grade B or equivalent is also required.

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



Course Length

36 weeks


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Education and Sport (Moray House School of Education)

SCQF Level



Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other