University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Primary Education (5-11)

The course trains students for all stages of the primary school; the student's placement experiences will cover 3 school settings: early years, middle primary and upper primary; each placement is preceded by study on a school-stage-related course at the University; each unit of study comprises 2 courses, 1 on preparation for teaching, the other a school placement course; in addition, students will undertake extensive reading; the courses involve learning in the domains of educational theory and practice, ensuring that students are well prepared to take on the professional role of a student teacher on placement; there is an emphasis on the development of collaborative working skills in problem-based learning contexts; most in-faculty learning is through lectures and workshop groups; there is an emphasis on collaborative and problem-based learning; students are also expected to build on their academic literacy skills from their undergraduate degree.

Entry requirements

Applicants require a UK university degree, 2.1 preferred, or its international equivalent, in the subject to be taught and containing at least 2 graduating courses (80 credits) in the relevant subject, plus SQA Higher Grades at levels A, B or C (or equivalent) in English and SQA Standard Grades level 1 or 2 (or equivalent) in mathematics; applicants are also expected to have experience of working with children in an employment or volunteering capacity and an ability to reflect thoughtfully on that experience.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGDE Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Moray House School of Education Edinburgh EH8 8AQ Scotland

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