Learn to teach in Ar­gyll

If you al­ready have a de­gree and would like a ca­reer in teach­ing, you might con­sider study­ing for the Pro­fes­sional Grad­u­ate Di­ploma in Ed­u­ca­tion (PGDE) right here in Ar­gyll with the Univer­sity of the High­lands and Is­lands.

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As part of the Univer­sity of the High­lands and Is­lands we can de­liver here in Ar­gyll and the Isles, where the re­quire­ment for this qual­i­fi­ca­tion is Fraser Durie Prin­ci­pal of Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI

The PGDE is the grad­u­ate en­try route into teach­ing in Scot­land and is now avail­able to stu­dents via Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI. Our pro­gramme for pri­mary teach­ing is well es­tab­lished and we plan to in­tro­duce a pro­gramme for sec­ondary school teach­ers in ses­sion 2017-18, de­pend­ing on de­mand.

The PGDE con­sists of 18 weeks of study at the Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI’s Oban cen­tre, plus 19 weeks in pro­fes­sional prac­tice in schools through­out Ar­gyll and Bute. A Gaelic path­way is avail­able for those al­ready flu­ent in the lan­guage.

Vi­tal prac­ti­cal skills

Lyn­d­sey Collins is a cur­rent stu­dent and is lov­ing the course. She said: ‘I ini­tially thought I’d have to leave Oban and move back to Glas­gow to un­der­take the Pro­fes­sional Grad­u­ate Di­ploma in Ed­u­ca­tion, so when I learned that the course was avail­able at Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI I was de­lighted.

‘The school place­ments give an ex­cel­lent con­text to de­velop teach­ing prac­tice and vi­tal prac­ti­cal skills, and the staff in schools are re­ally sup­port­ive.’

Course tu­tor Caro­line Boyle added: ‘We cur­rently have stu­dents from all over Ar­gyll who com­bine the univer­sity study weeks in Oban with teach­ing prac­tice nearer to their homes else­where in Ar­gyll.

‘The bal­ance of the course al­lows the stu­dents to learn from teach­ers in schools, and put into prac­tice all they are study­ing at univer­sity. I am de­lighted to be sup­port­ing such a ded­i­cated and hard work­ing group of stu­dents, see­ing them de­velop their skills, and gain in con­fi­dence as the course pro­gresses.’

Fraser Durie, prin­ci­pal of Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI, said: ‘We are de­lighted that the PGDE in pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion is be­com­ing such an in­te­gral and suc­cess­ful part of our cur­ricu­lum and we are ex­cited about the prospect of in­tro­duc­ing the sec­ondary teach­ing op­tion in the com­ing aca­demic year. Pre­vi­ously, stu­dents would have had to leave the area to ac­cess this level of qual­i­fi­ca­tion. As part of the Univer­sity of the High­lands and Is­lands, we can de­liver here in Ar­gyll and the Isles, where the re­quire­ment for this qual­i­fi­ca­tion is. It’s par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing to have the di­ploma avail­able with a Gaelic-medium path­way thereby re­flect­ing the lin­guis­tic her­itage of Ar­gyll and Bute.’

In­for­ma­tion event

If you’d like to find out more about the PDGE, go along to an in­for­ma­tion event on Thurs­day December 15 from 5.30pm to 6.30pm in the Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI Oban cen­tre at Glen­shel­lach Busi­ness Park.

This event can also be at­tended by video link from any Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI cen­tre. Con­tact your lo­cal cen­tre or Jen McFadyen on 01631 559509 to book.

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