How to apply
Applications to the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education must be made through UCAS. The following outlines the entry requirements, UCAS link, further guidance on your personal statement and what to expect after applying.
UCAS deadline for equal consideration is 31 January 2024; as this is a competitive programme we recommend you submit your application by the UCAS deadline.
In this video, our PGDE Admissions staff explain the application process for the PGDE Primary programme.
- Video: PGDE Primary Admissions overview
- PGDE Admissions Officer gives an overview of the application process for applying to the PGDE Primary programme. Video recorded September 2022.
A UK undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent, and a high level of experience in a primary school classroom setting.
SQA Higher English at grade C or GCSE English Language AND GCSE English Literature, both at grade C/4.
SQA National 5 Mathematics or Applications of Mathematics (formerly Lifeskills Maths) at grade C or GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4
- All applicants must also meet the University of Edinburgh English language requirement – we accept a wide range of qualifications, details of which can be found here:
How to Apply
Applications are submitted through UCAS. Information on how to apply is also available on the UCAS website. Apply through UCAS:
Writing your Personal Statement*
As part of your UCAS application, you will submit a personal statement outlining your commitment, motivation and suitability. The information in your personal statement will be considered alongside all the other information you supply in your application. It is important you evidence the following:
1. Why you are applying
Explain why you want to be a teacher and why you think you are suited to the teaching profession. Be specific about why you have chosen your particular primary/secondary subject area.
2. Relevant work experience with children
Detail this in chronological order, including dates stating the number of hours spent per week over the number of weeks/months, and list the school(s) you worked. Also include any other work experience you have done with children, e.g. nursery, after-school clubs, youth work, sports coaching, volunteering, employment training.
Outline in detail and reflect on what you learned during your school work experience; specifically the skills, attributes and understanding that you gained from this. if you are selected for interview you must be able to discuss and reflect on these experiences.
3. Reflection on working with children
Comment and reflect on what you learned during your school work experience; specifically the skills, attributes and understanding that you gained from this.
4. Understanding of the role of a teacher
Explain what you understand the role of a teacher to be. You can use examples of your experience to reinforce this section.
5. Knowledge of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence
Elaborate on your knowledge of the education system in Scotland and of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence.
6. Transferrable skills and outside interests
Give an indication of your work/life balance by including any long-term hobbies or interests you have; e.g. playing a musical instrument, drama, sports, Duke of Edinburgh award or any voluntary work you do. Explain why this enhances your application to your chosen course.
*This list is taken from the following UCAS resource: UCAS Personal statement guidance for Teacher Education applicants
After you apply
After you apply, we will be in touch with an initial decision either via UCAS Track or an email from our admissions team.
If successful at the first stage of application you will be invited to interview. This is an opportunity for you to showcase your passion for teaching and your subject, and for you to meet tutors. Candidates will also be expected to discuss their understanding of the Scottish Curriculum. Further information about what to expect at the interview will be included in the invite to interview email.
We will be in touch as soon as possible after interview with a decision.