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ED402B: SCHOOL EXPERIENCE 1: P4 - 7 (PGDE) (2017-2018)

Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 14:09

Course Overview

Within school settings, students will initially observe, and with support, begin to plan and implement learning and teaching, gradually building responsibility.  Students will critically reflect on their own practice in relation to key features of an inclusive learning environment, focusing on the role of the teacher.  Through observation of classroom practice, students will develop capacities and practise skills that enable them to prepare, plan, and implement learning, teaching, assessment and evaluation of learners.


Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Mary Stephen

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • One of PGDE Biology & Chemistry (Studied) or PGDE Biology with Science (Studied) or PGDE Chemistry & Physics (Studied) or PGDE 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 & 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 History - Geography (Studied) or PGDE History & English (Studied) or PGDE History & Gaelic (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 PGDE Drama & English (Studied) or PGDE Drama (Studied) or PGDE (Adult Literacies) (Studied) or PGDE Primary (Studied) or PGDE Primary (Gaelic Medium) (Studied)
  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • ED403A School Experience 1b: P4-7 (UHI) (Studied)
  • (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims:

This course is the first placement in a primary school for PGDE students, and a continuation of previous placements for undergraduate MA (Hons) Education students. Students will progress from observation of learning and, with support, plan and implement learning and teaching within the first and second level of the primary school. 

Main Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:
  • observe classroom practice and develop a knowledge of context for beginning to teach in the first/second level of the primary school;
  • develop capacities and practise skills that enable them to prepare, plan and implement learning, teaching, assessment and evaluation of pupils' learning and their own professional practice;
  • investigate a range of wider aspects of school life through completion of school based study tasks, including the prior learning experiences of learners, and the progression of learning;
  • develop their understanding of the work of other professionals linked to the context of the field placement;
  • demonstrate appropriate communication skills required for the different contexts of becoming a professional teacher in accordance with the GTCS Student Teacher Code.


Students will begin to develop teaching practice in the first/second level of the primary school, and wider aspects of learning and teaching in schools.

Supported by university and school mentors, students will take increasing responsibility for assessing, designing, implementing, evaluating and reviewing situated learning and teaching experiences for young learners within a range of discrete disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts.  Valuing themselves as growing professionals, students will take responsibility for professional learning and development, applying the cyclical self-evaluation process and engaging in associated professional enquiry.

Associated Costs

Students will travel expenses for school placements in accordance with the guidance provided in the Partnership Unit Handbook available on MyAberdeen.

Further Information & Notes

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

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Non-Graduating Student in Education Erasmus
  • PGDE Primary

Contact Teaching Time

1 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: Summative assessment of professional practice will be carried out in partnership with school based colleagues (100%).

Resit: Successful completion of field placement in semseter 2.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment of professional practice will be carried out in partnership with school based colleagues.


Students will receive ongoing formative feedback during the school experience placement.

Students will receive written summative report(s) based on observations of their professional practice.

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