Primary Education (PGDE)

University of Strathclyde


The Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) is a 36-week course for graduates who want to train as primary teachers. It leads to the Teaching Qualification (Primary Education) which allows you to teach in any UK or EU primary school. It’s also recognised and respected in many other parts of the world.

You’ll learn the theories behind teaching practices and explore these throughout the year. You'll gain the skills necessary to become the best teacher you can be.

You'll also see the relevance of everything you're learning come alive while on placement. Classes are here on campus and you'll carry out three placements in two different schools throughout the year.

You must keep a portfolio of progress throughout the course. This prepares you for the continuation of professional development during your professional teaching career.

Entry Requirements

A degree validated by a higher education institution in the UK, or a degree of an equivalent standard from an institution from outside the UK. You also require Higher English at Grade C or above or equivalent and National 5 Maths or Applications of Maths.

As well as academic qualifications, you need to have: evidence of having worked with young people or the General public; an understanding of modern primary education; and an ability to relate to people.

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


3X56 (Gaelic Medium 3X75)

Course Length

36 weeks


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences



SCQF Level


Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other