Interested in becoming a primary teacher?

PGDE Distance Learning Initial Teaching Education (DLITE) Primary Programme

Moray Council continues to work in partnership with Aberdeen University to offer an online postgraduate diploma in education.

Applications are now welcomed from the University of Aberdeen for the Distance Learning Initial Teaching Education (DLITE) programme commencing in January 2020.

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

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

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. 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 will require:
• to have an appropriate degree
• to meet the same entry requirements as the full time PGDE Primary course
• 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
• have competent ICT skills appropriate for engaging in online distance learning.

For further information and how to apply please follow the links below to the University of Aberdeen website.
Programme Information and qualifications required can be found on the University of Aberdeen Website, via

Please also consult the PGDE Information Leaflet at - it covers entry for full time in August 2019 and DLITE in January 2020.

Application forms are available from Cathy Reid at When contacting the University of Aberdeen you must include the name of the Local Authority you are applying through. This is to ensure you receive the correct application for appropriate Local Authority.

If you do not receive a reply from Cathy within five working days you need to contact the University of Aberdeen yourself to check the progress of your request. 

The closing date for application is 5.00pm, 23 August 2019.

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 6 compulsory Local Authority Saturday network days and 2 University days.


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