Primary Education (PGDE)

University of the Highlands and Islands


Argyll College UHI, Inverness College UHI, Moray College UHI, Lews Castle College UHI, North Highland College UHI, Orkney College UHI, Perth College UHI, Shetland College UHI, 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 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.

Taught modules:

The critical and enquiring professional; Children and their curriculum; Children and their learning; Professional practice.

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.

Start Date



Postgraduate Diploma

Study Method

Full time


English (X100) Gaelic Medium (X103)

Course Length

1 year


Education and Child Care

SCQF Level



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