Primary teacher education opportunity for graduates

Four newly qualified teachers celebrating

Published: Friday, 26th April 2019

We are keen to hear from graduates who currently live in the Borders who would be interested in gaining a qualification that would allow them to gain GTCS registration as a primary teacher.

The opportunity is being provided through a partnership agreement with the University of Highlands and Islands (UHI) who offer a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary) programme for graduates with a degree.

Qualifications needed to apply


  • National 5 Mathematics - required
  • Higher English (or accepted equivalents)
  • recent voluntary or work experience with primary aged children


  • Honours degree at 2:2 or above

Full time course

The programme is full time for one year. Students are required to carry out online, collaborative and individual study over 18 weeks. Study will be based at the Langlee CPD Centre in Galashiels, along with four school placements in three different schools. 

Students will be provided with:

  • a learning base at Langlee
  • online learning facilities
  • access to video conferencing
  • school placements within the Scottish Borders
  • access to local and UHI tutor support

Upon completion of the programme, students will be eligible to apply for the GTCS Teacher Induction Scheme to be offered a year’s probationer teacher position in a Borders school. Following completion of this, students will be entitled to apply for posts within the Council.

Recruitment sessions in May

To be eligible to apply, potential applicants must attend one of the two recruitment sessions being held on 14 or 20 May at the Langlee CPD Centre, Marigold Drive, Galashiels. Both sessions will start at 6pm.

Documentation that must be brought to the sessions

Potential applicants must bring the following original documents to the recruitment session:

  • Official documentation confirming applicant’s residency in the Scottish Borders.
  • SQA and university certificates confirming the applicant meets the entry requirements.
  • Holders of an original degree will also need to provide a degree transcript confirming an average achievement of B (60%) in all SCQF Level 9 modules.

Following these sessions, the closing date for applications is 31 May 2019.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member Children and Young People

“This is an exciting opportunity to build on our existing partnership with UHI, as well as allowing us to continue to develop our local teacher workforce.

“I would encourage anyone who is interested in finding out more to look at the information on our website to make sure they meet the required criteria and if they do, to come along to one of our recruitment sessions.”

Information is also available from the Quality Improvement Officer Professional Learning and Development on 01835 825108.