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ED402B: SCHOOL EXPERIENCE 1: P4 - 7 (PGDE) (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

Within school settings, students will initially observe, and then with support, begin to plan and implement learning and teaching, gradually building  to full class 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.

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 Lorna Stewart

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)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

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 pupils, and the progression of learning;
  • develop their understanding of the work of other professionals linked to the context of the 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 their understanding of wider aspects of learning and teaching in schools.

Supported by university tutors and school mentors, students will take increasing responsibility for assessing, designing, implementing, evaluating and reviewing 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 be able to claim 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.

Teaching on campus to support learning on placement will be planned around school experience blocks.

For PGDE students 10 weeks split into 3 blocks.  For MA students 8 weeks split into 2 blocks.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One summative tutor observed lesson usually in SE1a and a summative at the end of SE1b (100%).

Resit: Successful completion of field placement in semseter 2.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment of professional practice will take place throughout the school experience placement.


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.

Course Learning Outcomes


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