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  • Qualification

    PGDE - Professional Graduate Diploma in Education

  • Location

    Argyll College UHI

  • Study mode

    Blended learning

  • Start date

    AUG-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

What is special about this course?

The Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (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 must be a fluent Gaelic speaker at the start of this course and your language proficiency will be assessed at interview. Parts of the course are delivered through the medium of Gaelic and you will complete the majority of your school practice in classes that provide Gaelic Medium Education.

The course is offered in partnership with Argyll and Bute, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Highland, and Perth and Kinross councils, each working with the university through the relevant local campus:

Argyll College UHI and Argyll and Bute Council
Inverness College UHI and Highland Council
Lews Castle College UHI and Comhairle na Eilean Siar
Perth College UHI and Perth and Kinross Council
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI and Highland Council
West Highland College UHI and Highland Council

You will be required to have a home or term-time address in the local authority area of your chosen campus. 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 course is taught with the PGDE Primary (English medium) and overlaps significantly with the PGDE Secondary to offer a cross-sector perspective.

A mandatory 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

  • 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 up to 40 masters level credits by submission of assignments at SCQF level 11
  • Where possible, professional practice will take place in primary schools offering Gaelic-medium education.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Graduates will hold provisional registration as a primary teacher with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland). This qualifies students to apply for GTC Scotland’s induction year, which can then allow teachers to qualify for the status of full registration.

Tuition fees

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£ 12,360per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

  • Campus address

    University of the Highlands and Islands, UHI Executive Office, Ness Walk, Inverness, Highland, IV3 5SQ, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    72nd out of 81 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    109 55%

    68th

    10
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    n/a

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.20 84%

    19th

    5

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