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Course Overview

This course introduces and develops the main underpinning principles of the programme, providing a forum for analysis and discussion of education in the practical context of classroom teaching.  A range of issues common to all students as developing professionals will be reflected upon, in particular issues which have implications for direct action in the classroom, such as inclusive practice.  Professional Enquiry provides students with knowledge and understanding of policy, theory, and research in the context of developing professional practice.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Lindsay MacDougall

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of PGDE Biology & Chemistry (Studied) or PGDE Biology with Science (Studied) or PGDE Secondary Chemistry and Biology with Science (Studied) or PGDE Chemistry & Physics (Studied) or Pgde Chemistry & Physics With Science (Studied) or PGDE Chemistry with Science (Studied) or Pgde Biology & Chemistry With Science (Studied) or PGDE Physics with Science (Studied) or PGDE Geography & History (Studied) or PGDE Geography & Modern Studies (Studied) or PGDE Geography (Studied) or PGDE Mathematics & Computing (Studied) or PGDE Mathematics (Studied) or PGDE Computing & Mathematics (Studied) or PGDE Computing (Studied) or PGDE Technological Education (Studied) or PGDE Business Education & Comp (Studied) or PGDE Business Education (Studied) or PGDE Home Economics (Studied) or PGDE English & Gaelic (Studied) or PGDE English & French (Studied) or PGDE English & German (Studied) or PGDE English & History (Studied) or PGDE English & Modern Studies (Studied) or PGDE English & Drama (Studied) or PGDE English (Studied) or PGDE Gaelic & Geography P/T (Studied) or PGDE Gaelic Part Time (Studied) or PGDE Gaelic & English (Studied) or PGDE Gaelic & French (Studied) or PGDE Gaelic & German (Studied) or PGDE Gaelic & Spanish (Studied) or PGDE Gaelic & History (Studied) or PGDE Gaelic & Modern Studies (Studied) or PGDE Gaelic (Studied) or PGDE French & English (Studied) or PGDE French & Gaelic (Studied) or PGDE French & German (Studied) or PGDE French & Spanish (Studied) or PGDE French (Studied) or PGDE German & French (Studied) or PGDE German & English (Studied) or PGDE German & Gaelic (Studied) or PGDE German & Spanish (Studied) or PGDE German & History (Studied) or PGDE German (Studied) or PGDE Spanish & Gaelic (Studied) or PGDE Spanish (Studied) or PGDE (Secondary) Mandarin (Studied) or PGDE History - Geography (Studied) or PGDE History & English (Studied) or PGDE History & Gaelic (Studied) or Professional Graduate Diploma in Edu Sec in History & Modern Stud (Studied) or PGDE History (Studied) or PGDE Religious & Moral Education (Studied) or PGDE Modern Studies & Geography (Studied) or PGDE Modern Studies & English (Studied) or PGDE Modern Studies & Gaelic (Studied) or PGDE Modern Studies & History (Studied) or PGDE Modern Studies (Studied) or Professional Graduate Diploma In Education Music (Studied) or PGDE Drama & English (Studied) or PGDE Drama (Studied) or PGDE (Adult Literacies) (Studied) or PGDE Primary (Studied) or PGDE Primary (Gaelic Medium) (Studied) or PGDE Primary Gaelic Part Time (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

  • ED452A Learning and Teaching in Schools: Developing Prof Practice 2 (PGDE)

What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims:

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of learning and learning styles and how children learn at different stages.
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of the 3-18 curriculum in Scottish schools.
  • To develop professional skills and abilities relevant to the professional practice of teaching.
  • To encourage personal and professional commitment to life-long learning.
  • To extend and deepen their knowledge, understanding and expertise in professional enquiry.

Main Learning Outcomes:

  • By the end of this course all students should be able to:
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Scottish school curriculum and approaches to learning 
  •  and assessment
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the nature of the curriculum and its development; 
  • draw on relevant principles and perspectives to inform their professional values and practice; 
  • reflect, evaluate, challenge and respond to significant issues in education;
  • demonstrate skills in being an effective collaborative learner;
  • demonstrate commitment to continuous professional development through reflection and enquiry


  • How Students Learn
  • How Children Learn
  • Legislative Frameworks for Scottish Education (including Social Justice and Child Protection)
  • Exploring Differences
  • An Inclusive Approach to Supporting Learning
  • Assessment for and of Learning
  • Scottish Curricula
  • Exploring learning through the Primary / Secondary curriculum
  • The Reflective Practitioner
  • Professional Enquiry (options relevant to current developments in education)

Further Information & Notes

A PVG check is mandatory for all students on this course.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • PGDE (Secondary) Mandarin
  • PGDE Biology & Chemistry
  • PGDE Biology with Science
  • PGDE Business Education
  • PGDE Business Education & Comp
  • PGDE Chemistry & Physics
  • PGDE Chemistry with Science
  • PGDE Computing
  • PGDE Computing & Mathematics
  • PGDE Drama
  • PGDE Drama & English
  • PGDE English
  • PGDE English & Drama
  • PGDE English & French
  • PGDE English & Gaelic
  • PGDE English & German
  • PGDE English & History
  • PGDE English & Modern Studies
  • PGDE French
  • PGDE French & English
  • PGDE French & Gaelic
  • PGDE French & German
  • PGDE French & Spanish
  • PGDE French with Mandarin
  • PGDE Gaelic
  • PGDE Gaelic & English
  • PGDE Gaelic & French
  • PGDE Gaelic & German
  • PGDE Gaelic & History
  • PGDE Gaelic & Modern Studies
  • PGDE Gaelic & Spanish
  • PGDE Geography
  • PGDE Geography & History
  • PGDE Geography & Modern Studies
  • PGDE German
  • PGDE German & English
  • PGDE German & French
  • PGDE German & Gaelic
  • PGDE German & History
  • PGDE German & Spanish
  • PGDE History
  • PGDE History & English
  • PGDE History & Gaelic
  • PGDE History - Geography
  • PGDE Home Economics
  • PGDE Mathematics
  • PGDE Mathematics & Computing
  • PGDE Modern Studies
  • PGDE Modern Studies & English
  • PGDE Modern Studies & Gaelic
  • PGDE Modern Studies & Geography
  • PGDE Modern Studies & History
  • PGDE Physics with Science
  • PGDE Primary
  • PGDE Religious & Moral Education
  • PGDE Secondary Chemistry and Biology with Science
  • PGDE Secondary Physics and Chemistry with Science
  • PGDE Spanish
  • PGDE Spanish & Gaelic
  • PGDE Technological Education
  • Pgde Biology & Chemistry With Science
  • Pgde Chemistry & Physics With Science
  • Professional Graduate Diploma In Education Music
  • Professional Graduate Diploma in Edu Sec in History & Modern Stud

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt:

Assignment split into 2 parts ( essay + reflection, with appended lesson plans)

- Part A : 2000 words essay

- Part B : 1000 word reflection plus 2 fully evaluated lesson plans (notional 2000 words)

Resit: One resubmission of the above paper.

Formative Assessment



The summative assessment is linked to School Experience 1. Feedback from first attempt is timely in order to ensure wstudnets have the opportunity to gather further evidence from School Experience for resubmission.
Formative opportunities  may be available, through peer assessment,  dependent on the nature of assessment for professional enquiry.

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