Introduction

The PGDE DLITE (Secondary) is a part-time, distance learning, 18 month programme of study (120 credits), which which includes 18 weeks of placement experience in Secondary Schools.

This programme is studied by blended learning - a mixture of on campus and online.

It makes use of blended learning opportunities: E-Learning, face-to-face workshops (eight Saturday ‘Network’ days), self-study, collaborative group work, and professional practice on placement (18 weeks in total), to develop academic, personal, and professional skills suitable for entry into the teaching profession.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Blended Learning
Degree Qualification
PGDE
Duration
18 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
January

What You'll Study

If you are interested in embarking on a rewarding and fulfilling career, where you can really make a difference, our accredited PGDE programme gives you the opportunity to get a teaching qualification. The aim of the programme is to produce adaptable flexible teachers who are able to collaborate with other professionals

Please contact education@abdn.ac.uk for more information about this programme.

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

The campus-based full-time PGDE Secondary programme is offered on a full-time basis over 36 weeks with 18 weeks spent on placement in schools in our partner Local Authorities, and the other 18 weeks spent on campus. The DLITE PGDE Secondary is also offered on a part-time basis, over two academic years, with agreement with the local authority, and with 18 weeks full-time placements in the local authority schools.

The DLITE PGDE Secondary has blended online learning activities, with live interactive online tutorials, face-to-face campus days (with the occasional Saturday) at the University of Aberdeen, and full-time placements in schools.

Local Authority Partnerships exist with:

Aberdeenshire Council: Fiona Cruickshanks, fiona.cruickshanks@Aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Aberdeen City Council: Jenny Cheyne, jcheyne@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Angus Council: Kim Walker, walkerk@angus.gov.uk

The Highland Council: Holly Ross, holly.ross@highland.gov.uk

Learning Methods

  • Field Trips
  • Field Work
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lab Work
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment Methods

The four academic courses each have a written in-course assessment of around 3000 words (or equivalent) focusing on being an inclusive and enquiring practitioner. Observational assessment of School Experience will also be carried out throughout placements. Students’ professional competency is assessed on full-time School Experience courses through a combination of university tutor observations and School Reports on their progress.

Why Study DLITE PGDE Secondary?

If you are interested in embarking on a rewarding and fulfilling career, where you can really make a difference, our accredited PGDE programme gives you the opportunity to get a teaching qualification.  The aim of the programme is to produce adaptible flexible teachers who are able to collaborate with other professionals.

Entry Requirements

Graduate (Degree) which meets the Secondary subject entry requirements set by the GCTS, with relevant experience in working with young people (formally or informally); Higher English at Grade C or above - or equivalent; Mathematics National 5 at Grade C or above; Standard Grade at Grade 2 or above; Intermediate 2 at Grade C or above - or equivalent; MUST by approved by a local authority partner;

Competent ICT skills.

A degree from a higher education institution in the United Kingdom (including Open University), or a degree of an equivalent standard from an institution outside the United Kingdom, which meets the subject entry requirements as set by the memorandum on entry set by the GTCS, and the specified requirements for English and Mathematics.

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

This award is suitable for those who wish to become a qualified Teacher in Secondary Schools in Scotland, but is restricted to the following priority subjects: Business Education, Computing, Home Economics, Mathematics, Physics with Science, Technology Education and Chemistry (NB not every subject will be offered annually). The award is aimed at graduates (with a degree) living and / or working in local authorities in Scotland, who have demonstrated an interest in teaching young people in Secondary Schools through a range of experiences in both formal and informal settings. Preference may be given to those who have, by the date of entry, an honours degree (minimally) and to those holding the relevant English and Mathematics qualifications at the time of application.

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

CV
an up-to-date CV/Resumé
Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
Reference
a reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employer, or another professional person
Research Proposal

Fees and Funding

Based on current fee rates we expect them to be £1,820. This will be split over 2 academic years. International students £14,300

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £1,820
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Open to Scottish students only. Fee split over two academic years (£683 in the first year & £1137 in the second year)

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

Applicants may be eligible for SAAS funding

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

Please see attached PGDE information leaflet for further career information. This award is suitable for those who wish to become a qualified Teacher in Secondary Schools in Scotland, but is restricted to the following priority subjects: Business Education, Computing, Home Economics, Mathematics, Physics with Science, and Technology Education.

Accreditation

This award has been accredited by the General Teaching Council of Scotland

Aberdeenshire Council: Margaret Khan margaretkahn@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Aberdeen City Council: Jenny Cheyne: JCheyne@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Angus Council: Christine Jackson Jackson2@angus.gov.uk

The Highland Council: Holly.Ross@highland.gov.uk

The Moray Council: http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_113898.html

Our Experts

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
School of Education
University of Aberdeen
MacRobert Building
King's College
Aberdeen
AB24 5UA