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University of Dundee’s School of Education in Scotland (UK)

Celebrating almost 120 years of education and social work training in Dundee

Welcome to the School of Education & Social Work (ESW). The School of Education primary purpose as part of the University of Dundee is to transform lives locally and globally through the creation, sharing and application of knowledge.

How do they do this?

  • Within the School, we focus on transformation by preparing graduates for professional roles required for the social, cultural and physical well-being of our citizens and society.
  • Dundee’s research focuses on how to best educate students across all levels of formal education, how to develop strong communities, and how to support our most vulnerable.
  • Finally, through our community service or consultancy activities we are engaged with local, regional and international communities, professional organizations and governmental agencies.

University of Dundee’s School of Education is an interdisciplinary school providing excellent professional education and research opportunities across undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels. Dundee’s program range from qualifying and post-qualifying program that are professionally recognized, to continuing professional development courses that meet the needs of busy professionals, to research opportunities that use rigorous scientific enquiry that underpin curriculum development while informing national policy making.


About the Postgraduate Certificate in Education Primary

The PGDE Course at the University of Dundee will prepare you for teaching in the primary or nursery sector and is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Successful participation in this course at Dundee will enable you to gain provisional registration as a Primary teacher, working with young learners in the 3-12 age group.

You will benefit from a blend of guidance from a range of successful practitioners, peer learning and individual study.

Dundee’s PGCE consists of 2 on-campus modules (14 weeks in total) and 3 school placements (3 x 6 week placements). Each placement is preceded by time on campus where lectures, tutorials and workshops will form the main program, in addition to tutor directed tasks and individual study time.

You will be invited to return to campus for a Recall Day during each placement where you will be offered tutorial time and talks from guest speakers relevant to your focus at that point. Each on-campus module is assessed through written assignment which can be attempted at Level 10 or Level 11 and each placement module is assessed by the school and university tutor.

You will be allocated a placement tutor who will work closely with you throughout the course, visiting and assessing you on each of the three placements and supporting on-campus through tutorials and individual meetings where required. This provides consistency and encourages a positive, professional working relationship between you and your tutor.

Dundee’s course in Scotland offers a range of elective options in semester two. You’ll be encouraged to engage in at least 2 electives. The electives offer additional guidance in subject areas which may be of particular interest or in areas where you might not feel as confident and may welcome more input.

You’ll also have the opportunity to attend Maths tutoring sessions (run by the undergraduate Maths students) if you do not feel as confident in your own mathematical skills. There is an Online Maths Assessment and an Online Language Assessment which you will be encouraged to continually engage with to improve your personal skills in these areas.

Who should study this course?

University of Dundee’s PGCE Primary course is suitable if you have secured a degree and now wish to enter the field of Primary Education, initially as a classroom teacher.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

  1. Applicants applying to UK schools must include both High School and University transcripts.
  2. Interview required.
  3. Applicants must have successfully completed a 3 or 4 year Bachelor degree with a minimum of 70%
  4. You need to have all of the following:
    • A UK degree, or a degree of an equivalent standard from outside the United Kingdom
    • High School Higher grade English at Grade C
      OR High School English Language plus High School English Literature at Grade C
      OR the National Units in Communication at Higher and Literature 1 at Higher (formerly known as Communication 4 and Literature 1 Modules) or an acceptable equivalent*
    • Standard Grade Mathematics at Credit Level (Grade 1 or 2), National 5 Mathematics at Grade C OR High School Mathematics at Grade A or B or an acceptable equivalent*.
      • Dundee do accept Intermediate 2 Mathematics at Grade C or above as an equivalent to Standard Grade Mathematics at Levels 1 or 2. This qualification can be done at a local Further Education College and consists of 3 modules and an Exam in May.
      • Dundee do not accept Core 4 Mathematics at Intermediate 2 Level.
    • Some recent experience of a primary classroom is normally required and certainly desirable

Professional Recognition

Professional Recognition in Canada

The PGDE course at the University of Dundee will prepare you for teaching in the primary sector and is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Graduates of the University of Dundee’s PGCE Primary teacher training program are eligible to apply for licensing in Canada, however, it is critical students understand the requirements needed to complete this process before licensing will be granted. KOM Consultants understand the process and requirements needed to enter the teaching profession in Canada. Contact KOM for more information.

All students applying directly through KOM will be supported with the latest information on the accreditation process.

Award Title:Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Primary Education PGCE
Length of Program:1 year
Application Dates:Applicants are advised to apply 9 months in advance
Application Fee:Applications must be submitted through UCAS. Contact KOM for info on fees and UCAS procedures
Annual Tuition Fees:Contact KOM Consultants for latest tuition fees 1-877-318-8203
Campus Location:Dundee
Country:Scotland (UK)