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Course Overview

This course further develops knowledge and understanding of national policies and priorities in education, relevant to inclusive education classroom practice. Students will extend their knowledge and understanding of the curriculum in Scottish schools and develop professional skills and abilities relevant to the transition to teaching.  Through Professional Enquiry 2 emerging critical skills will deepen, while knowledge and understanding of the diversity and quality of educational research relevant to the development of practice will be developed.

Course Details

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

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

  • 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?

What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims:

  • To further develop knowledge and understanding of national policies, and priorities in education relevant to inclusive education classroom practice.
  • To extend the knowledge and understanding of learning and how children learn at different stages.
  • To extend knowledge and understanding of the curriculum in Scottish schools.
  • To develop professional skills and abilities relevant to teaching.
  • To encourage personal and professional commitment to life-long learning.
  • To demonstrate the ability to fulfil the requirements of the Standard for Initial Teacher Education as required by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)

Main Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course all students should be able to:

  • Implement national policies and priorities relevant to inclusive education classroom practice
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of communities and individuals respecting individual rights and supporting their development
  • Demonstrate deeper knowledge and understanding of the Scottish school curriculum and approaches to learning and assessment
  • Extend knowledge and understanding of the nature of the curriculum and its development 
  • Draw on relevant principles and perspectives to inform 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 professional enquiry

Course Content:

  • Further exploration of supporting learners and learning
  • Deepening understanding of learning through the Primary/Secondary Curriculum
  • Developing Inclusive Practice
  • Using professional enquiry to evaluate practice
  • Creating an inclusive learning environment
  • Current issues in Scottish Education
  • Continuing Professional Development: Induction Year and Beyond

Further Information & Notes

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

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:

5000 word assignment which demonstrates a growing commitment to continuous professional development through reflecting and enquiry. 

Resit: One resubmission of the above paper

Formative Assessment

Integrated within the course. 


The summative assessment is linked to School Experience 2. Feedback from first attempt is timely in order to ensure students have the opportunity to gather further evidence from School Experience for resubmission.  

Course Learning Outcomes


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