PGDE (Primary) Programme Regulations
1. Entrance Requirements
1.1 In order to be admitted to a programme, you will be required to have
obtained entrance qualifications as determined and approved by the School
Board, taking account of requirements specified by the Scottish Executive.
Entrance qualification requirements are specified annually in University
1.2 In order to be admitted to the programme, you will be required to satisfy the
requirements of the Police Act 1997, Part V. This requires the completion of an
enhanced disclosure of criminal record. If you do not meet the requirements of
the University or any appropriate professional body in respect of criminal record
disclosure, your studies may be terminated.
2. Academic Requirements - General
2.1 General progression requirements
2.1.1 In order to complete the programme and become eligible for an
award, you must satisfy the Board of Examiners that you have met the
minimum accumulated credit requirements for the programme as outlined in
the table below. The credit values of the programme modules are specified in
the programme’s Admissions and Assessment Protocols.
Year of attendance 1
SCQF level 10
Credits awarded on entry None
Period of study FT 36 weeks
Minimum accumulated credits required for 144
Title of exit award Professional Graduate Diploma in
Professionally accredited award Yes
2.1.2 The maximum period of study for an award is normally one year more
than the period of study specified for the award. (See Regulation 2.1.1).
2.1.3 If you do not meet the requirements of Regulations 2.1.1 or 2.1.2, your
studies may be terminated. (See Regulation 2.4)
2.1.4 You may receive an exit award only upon completing your studies and
leaving the School.
2.1.5 If on completion of your studies you are in debt to the University or have
failed to return library books or teaching resources, your award may not be
2.2 Attendance and Participation
2.2.1 If your attendance or participation in any module (including school
experience) falls below 80% or is deemed to be unsatisfactory, the Board of
Examiners may determine either that (a) your studies will be terminated (see
Regulation 2.4) or (b) that you must undertake additional work or an additional
period of placement.
Attendance and participation requirements are provided in the Programme’s
Admission and Assessment Protocols.
2.3 Withdrawal, Temporary Absence and Discounted Periods of Study
2.3.1 You may withdraw temporarily from your studies for a period of up to one
year by obtaining the prior written approval of the Convener of the Board of
Examiners. Periods of absence must be approved by the School Board. The
Convener of the Board of Examiners will determine the terms under which you
will be allowed to resume your studies.
2.3.2 Periods of absence for which temporary withdrawal approval is obtained
are discounted for the purposes of Regulations 2.1.2 and 2.1.3.
2.3.3 On returning from an approved period of temporary withdrawal, you will
not normally be required to repeat any modules or periods of placement which
you have already completed and for which credit has been awarded.
2.3.4 If you are absent from your studies for a period of 6 weeks or more and
have not had your period of absence approved as required under Regulation
2.3.1, your studies may be terminated. (See Regulation 2.4)
2.3.5 If your absence for a period of over 6 weeks without approval under
Regulation 2.3.1 is due to medically certified illness, you will be permitted to
seek retrospective approval for a discounted period of temporary withdrawal.
2.3.6 You may withdraw permanently from your studies by informing the
Programme Director in writing of your wish to withdraw.
2.4 Termination of Studies
2.4.1 If your studies are terminated, you will have the right of appeal to the
Termination of Studies (Appeals) Committee. If your appeal is successful, you
will be permitted to continue your studies subject to such conditions as the
Dean may determine. If your appeal is successful, you will not be required to
repeat any modules or periods of placement which you have already completed
and for which credit has been awarded. If the Committee requires you to repeat
a year, the repeat year will be discounted for the purposes of Regulations 2.1.2
2.4.2 If your appeal is rejected by the School Committee, it will be reconsidered
by the Senate Termination of Studies (Appeals) Committee. If the Senate
Termination of Studies (Appeals) Committee upholds your appeal, you will be
permitted to continue your studies subject to such conditions as the Dean may
2.5 Suspension of Studies
2.5.1 Criminal Charges
You are required to inform the School Secretary of any criminal charges which
are made against you while you are a student. Failure to do so may result in
the suspension of your studies.
If your conduct either on or off University premises is deemed by the Dean to
be unsatisfactory, you may be suspended from your studies at any time.
Unsatisfactory behaviour is defined as any serious, unprofessional behaviour
which, in the opinion of the Dean, may adversely affect clients, service users,
other students, teaching staff or the reputation of the University.
2.5.3 If your studies are suspended under Regulation 2.5.1 or 2.5.2, the Dean
will, within 10 working days, either re-admit you to your studies with immediate
effect or institute proceedings under the University’s Student Discipline
2.5.4 In addition to Regulations 2.5.1 and 2.5.2, you may be liable to the
disciplinary procedures of the professional body under which your programme
is professionally validated or those of the agency or institution in which you are
undergoing a placement. Information about these additional procedures which
apply to you when you are on placement is available in the Programme’s
Admission and Assessment Protocols.
2.5.5 Where the Dean does not apply his/her powers under Regulation 2.5.1 or
2.5.2, the Dean or other Authorised Officer may directly institute proceedings
under the University’s Student Discipline Ordinance 40.
3.1 The method of assessment in each module (including school experience)
and the requirements for completing the module will be determined by the
examiners for that module and approved by the School Board. Assessment
methods and requirements are detailed in the programme’s Admission and
Assessment Protocols (Part 4).
3.2 In assessing your individual module performance, the Board of Examiners
will take all relevant circumstances into account.
3.3 If you pass the assessment for a module, you will be awarded the credits
for that module, as detailed in the Programme’s Admission and Assessment
3.4 If you fail a single module, the module may be reassessed once by such
means as the Board of Examiners may decide is appropriate.
3.5 If you fail two consecutive or separate placement assessments your studies
may be terminated. (See Regulation 2.4)
3.6 If, due to medically certified illness or other serious cause, you are unable
to complete the assessment for a module, the module may be assessed once
by such means as the Board of Examiners shall determine.
3.7 If at any time your general performance of the work of the programme is
deemed by the Board of Examiners to be unsatisfactory, your studies may be
terminated. (See Regulation 2.4)
3.8 You may be required by the Board of Examiners to present yourself for an
oral examination. The requirements for oral examinations are detailed in the
Admissions and Assessment Protocols.
3.9 If, through disability, you are unable to be assessed by the usual methods
specified for the Programme, the methods, on the recommendation of the
School Secretary and with the approval of the Academic Secretary, will be
3.10 Incidents of suspected and academic dishonesty are dealt with under the
relevant University Senate regulations.
4. Programme Management
4.1 A copy of the programme’s Admission and Assessment Protocols can be
found in section 4 of this handbook. These supplement the Regulations and
are approved by the School Board.
4.2 External Examiners are appointed and operate in accordance with
procedures determined by Senate and the School Academic Standards
4.3 Membership of the Board of Examiners is approved by School Board and
consists of the academic staff involved in teaching modules, approved external
assessors and the relevant external examiners. The Convener is nominated by
the Dean or relevant Head of Department. Programme regulations are
interpreted and applied at the discretion of the Board of Examiners.
4.4 You will be allocated an Advisor of Studies whose responsibility it is to
advise you on your choice of elective and provide general academic and
The relationship between the University and external bodies involved in the
delivery of the Programme is subject to the formal approval and quality
assurance mechanisms of the School. External bodies are involved in the
assessment of placement, the provision of practice teachers, Boards of
Examiners and the provision of external lectures. Information on the
contribution and remit of external bodies is provided in the Programme’s
Admission and Assessment Protocols.