The PGDE DLITE (Primary) programme is a part-time, distance learning 18 month programme of study (120 credits), which includes 18 weeks of school placement within your supporting local authority.

Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Blended Learning
Degree Qualification
18 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
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The programme makes use of blended learning opportunities; e-learning, face to face workshops supported by the local authority, self study, collaborative group work and professional practice on placement (18 weeks in total) to develop academic, personal and professional skills suitable for entry into the teaching profession.

Applicants can only apply where a partnership agreement exists between the Local Authority and the University. Our partners are Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Highland and Moray.

What You'll Study

Students’ professional competency is assessed on full-time School Experience courses through a combination of university tutor observations and School Reports on their progress.

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We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

The DLITE PGDE Primary is offered on a part-time basis, over 18 months, in conjunction with specific local authority partnerships, and with 18 weeks full-time placements in the partnership schools.

The DLITE PGDE Primary has blended online learning activities, with live interactive online tutorials, 'Network' Saturdays within the partnership authority, and full-time placements in schools.

Students professional competency is assessed on full-time School Experience courses through a combination of university tutor and school observations on their progress.

Local Authority Partnerships exist with:

Aberdeenshire Council: Craig Sim,

Aberdeen City Council: Lara Freeman,

Moray Council: Willem Smith,

The Highland Council: Holly Ross,

Learning Methods

  • Field Trips
  • Field Work
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lab Work
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment Methods

The four academic courses each have a written in-course assessment of around 3000 words (or equivalent) focusing on being an inclusive and enquiring practitioner. Observational assessment of School Experience will also be carried out throughout placements. Students’ professional competency is assessed on full-time School Experience courses through a combination of university tutor observations and School Reports on their progress.

Why Study DLITE PGDE Primary?

If you are interested in embarking on a rewarding and fulfilling career, where you can really make a difference, our accredited PGDE programme gives you the opportunity to gain a teaching qualification. 

The University of Aberdeen offers an innovative PGDE programme that brings together not only primary and secondary specialists, but MA4 Primary students – in order to learn together, to share common experiences, and to debate current educational issues

Entry Requirements

This award is aimed at graduates with a degree living and working in partner authorities - Angus, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Highland and Moray who have demonstrated an interest in teaching children through a range of experiences in both formal and informal settings. Where applicants hold a degree qualification that is an undergraduate degree, preference may be given to those holding the relevant English and Mathematics qualifications at the time of application.

Graduate (Degree) with relevant experience working with young people (formally or informally);

Higher English at Grade C or above - or equivalent; Mathematics National 5 at Grade C or above; Standard Grade at Grade 2 or above; Intermediate 2 at Grade C or above - or equivalent; MUST meet the relevant partnership local authority criteria;

Competent ICT skills appropriate in engaging in online distance learning.


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

A degree from a higher education institution in the United Kingdom (including Open University), or a degree of an equivalent standard from an institution outside the United Kingdom, and the specified requirements for English and Mathematics.

The University of Aberdeen Online Access Courses are suitable to meet the English and Mathematics requirements for this programme.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 54; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
a reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employer, or another professional person

Fee Information

Based on current fee rates we expect them to be £1,820. This will be split over 2 academic years. International students £14,300

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £1,820
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year £1820, split over two academic years £683 in first year, and £1137 in the second)

Additional Fee Information

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

Applicants may be eligible for SAAS Funding


Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.


Please see attached PGDE information leaflet for further career information. This award is suitable for those who wish to become a qualified Teacher in Primary Schools in Scotland.


This award has been accredited by the General Teaching Council of Scotland.

Our Experts

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

School of Education
University of Aberdeen
MacRobert Building
King's College
AB24 5UA