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Entry to Teaching for Graduates

Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 year (August to June)

If you wish to apply for the Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and already possess a relevant degree but do not have the course entry requirements (Higher English and Nat 5 Maths), this course is for you.

Entry to Teaching for Graduates will also provide you with a knowledge of the Scottish education system and key policy drivers. You will learn about mental health and wellbeing and how it relates to learning and teaching. You will also be introduced to some key teaching theories which will provide a good foundation for the PGDE.

What will I learn?

The course includes the following:

  • NC Comms/Lit 1 (Higher English ‘C’ equivalent)
  • National 5 Applications of Mathematics 
  • A range of units covering aspects of learning, teaching and behaviour support
  • Coping strategies and building resilience
  • Work experience (to be arranged by student, with support from Glasgow Clyde College)

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • National 4 Maths at A/B, or equivalent, and National 5 English at A/B, or equivalent
  • A degree in a subject acceptable for admission to the PGDE course.
  • If English is not your first language, you must be able to demonstrate English language skills equivalent to IELTS 6, or have ESOL Higher A or B or Cambridge CEA
  • If you do not meet the above, you may still be considered based on personal statement, experience and interview.

Entry requirement equivalency table

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

Although primarily designed for entry to the PGDE course, successful completion of this course would allow you to apply for suitable employment within further education, community education or jobs within the education sector which do not require a PGDE.

Jobs and further study

Successful completion of this course guarantees an interview for PDGE at the University of Strathclyde and the University of Glasgow. Please note: entry is very competitive so a place cannot be guaranteed. 

Successful completion of this course would allow students to apply for any PGDE course in Scotland.

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Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

You will either receive:

An Unconditional offer - you have met the entry requirements and a place is yours

A conditional offer - your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements, this may mean achieving an exam result or completion of a degree programme. As soon as you receive your results you must send them to the course administrator. Your offer will then be changed to an unconditional offer.

Waiting list – Unfortunately the course is full, but if any spaces become available you will be contacted, usually around the course start date.

Unsuccessful – You have not met the entry requirements and the applicant is advised to contact Student Services to discuss alternative options.

Once an offer is received you must reply within 14 days or risk losing your place.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information e.g. Student Funding, Joining Instructions and Induction date.

You must accept the place in order to reserve it. If your offer is unconditional, you must provide the evidence (qualifications, references, other details) as soon as these are available to you.

Funding in the form of a college bursary may be available depending on individual circumstances.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6064