Interested in becoming a primary teacher?

PGDE Distance Learning Initial Teacher Education (DLITE) Primary Programme

Do you have current/recent experience of working with young people in a primary school context?

The PGDE Distance Learning Initial Teacher Education (DLITE) Primary Programme is part-time, distance learning over 18 months including 18 weeks of school placement.

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If you are interested in fulfilling your ambition to become a primary school teacher in Moray, this may be the opportunity you are looking for, by studying part-time for the necessary PGDE teaching qualification.

Moray Council is working in partnership with Aberdeen University to offer an online postgraduate diploma in education, beginning early in January 2019.

The course is structured in such a way that aspiring teachers will be able to study in their own time and fit their studies around their work schedule.

It will be delivered through e-learning, face-to-face Saturday workshops, self-study, collaborative group work and school placements to develop the academic, personal and professional skills necessary for teaching.

The course comprises an 18-month programme of study, which will include 18 weeks of placement experience in a Moray primary school with a guaranteed probationer year with Moray Council on successful completion. Exact dates for placements are still to be confirmed. As an approximate guide, the sequence of previous placements over the 18 month period have taken place in March, May, Oct/Nov, Jan/Feb, and April/May.

Interested in applying?

Applicants must live within Moray and have competent ICT skills appropriate for engaging in online distance learning.

Applicants need to meet the same entry requirements as the full time PGDE Primary course – see:

Applicants will require

  • to have an appropriate degree
  • to have gained Higher English at grade C or above, Mathematics National 5 at grade C or above, Standard Grade at grade 2 or above and Intermediate 2 at grade C or above – or equivalent
  • relevant current/recent experience of working with children within in a primary classroom setting on a formal basis or informally

Before applying please check that you have the necessary entry requirements. 

Course fees are expected to be £1,820 over the two academic sessions, although applicants may be eligible for funding from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland. Further details can be found on the Aberdeen University DLITE web page by following this link:

If you wish to apply please request an application form from at the University of Aberdeen

The deadline date for submission of completed forms to Aberdeen University is 22nd August 2018.

Selection Process

A limited number of places is available for this programme and applications will be considered by the Local Authority in partnership with the University of Aberdeen.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend for interview in Elgin in September/October.

This programme is suitable for people currently in employment. Participants need to negotiate time off their work to engage in compulsory teaching practice blocks and the 8 compulsory Saturday network days.

Any offer of a place on the DLITE PGDE Primary Programme will require a commitment from candidates to remain in Moray for their probationary year.

For other routes to teaching also supported by Moray Council please follow this link​

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