Introduction

This programme allows experienced teachers qualified elsewhere (or in another sector) to meet the GTCS requirements for full-registration whilst being conditionally employed in a school under the ‘conditional provision registration’ status. Further, teachers in the private sector will (from 2017) need to be GTCS registered and therefore this offers a route to meeting the GTCS requirements for full registration status.

This is a distance learning programme.

The aim of the programme is to produce fully qualified teachers in both secondary and primary sectors. The programme will enable FE lecturers and teachers qualified out with Scotland to gain the standard for full registration with the GTCS. This will allow candidates to teach in either primary or secondary sectors, depending on GTCS recognised qualifications.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Distance Learning
Degree Qualification
PgCert
Duration
9 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
September
Location of Study
Aberdeen

What You'll Study

The award consists of two compulsory courses of 30 credits each at Master’s (level 11) over one academic year starting in September and ending in May. Candidates are simultaneously expected to spend a minimum of 18 weeks (90 days) in a school to achieve the Standard for Full Registration (SFR). In the event of a candidate not being successful in attaining the SFR they can exit with an academic PG Certificate in Educational Studies.

Semester 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Developing Professional Practice for Teaching in Scotland (ED504P) - 30 Credit Points

This programme aims to engage learners in taking a critical overview of the Scottish Education system, current policy and curriculum drivers that impact on professional practice of teachers.

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Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Developing Professional Practice to Enhance Learning (ED554P) - 30 Credit Points

This programme aims to engage learners in taking a critical overview of their own practice, taking account of the requirements of the Scottish Education system, current policy and curriculum drivers that impact on professional practice of teachers.

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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

Blended learning with online synchronous support through an induction event and four Collaborate workshops per course will be provided. Participants will be encouraged to form peer-supported learning communities throughout the course experience. Participants will also be expected to engage in practice-based study tasks to support their exploration and understanding of the curriculum and school contexts, agreed with Local Authority partners, in which they are employed. Participants will be provided with ongoing tutor support with a focus on formative assessment to support learning and mentored support within the school setting.

Learning Methods

  • E-learning
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Peer Learning
  • Professional Placements
  • Research
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment Methods

Practice: Evidence to meet the SFR will be based on a folio of practice drawing from on-going evaluation of practice against SFR.

Academic: course assessments are linked to practice and form the basis of the participant folio, this is required as evidence to meet the SFR.

Formative assessment is a feature of both courses.

Applicants who don't meet the standard for SFR but complete 60 credits can exit with a PG Cert in Education Studies.

Why Study Education Studies (with Scottish Teaching Qualification)?

The aim of the programme is to produce fully qualified teachers in both secondary and primary sectors. The programme will enable FE lecturers and teachers qualified out with Scotland to gain the standard for full registration with the GTCS. This will allow candidates to teach in either primary or secondary sectors, depending on GTCS recognised qualifications.

The programme is delivered in a flexible way using distance learning, with one on-campus day and four collaborative interactive tutorials per course so that you can fit your study around your work and personal commitments.

Entry Requirements

STQ is a qualification developed jointly with GTCS and the University of Aberdeen to enable applicants to gain full GTCS registration in either primary or secondary sectors. If any applicant wishes to continue onto the MEd Flex they will be required to meet the academic standards of the university in both STQ courses.

Qualifications

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

Candidates are required to gain Provisional Conditional Registration from GTCS and support from a local authority for the placement component of the qualification before they can commence the two academic master’s level courses at the University of Aberdeen.

Applicants should provide a copy of their GTCS certificate with their application.

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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.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £640
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 academic year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.
International Students £1,850
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 academic year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.

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.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

The programme offers flexibly to enable professionals to achieve further qualifications whilst continuing in employment.

Professional Links

http://www.gtcs.org.uk/

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