Introduction

This online programme aims to develop knowledge and skills in the field of support and pastoral care. All participants are expected to have some practical experience to offer and have the opportunity to be involved in aspects of supporting young people in their educational workplace setting or other appropriate agency.

Study Information

Study Options

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
MEd, PgCert or PgDip
Duration
12 months, 24 months or 36 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
January or September
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This postgraduate programme is open to all professionals who have a caring role with young people.

It meets the continuing professional development needs of those who wish to extend their skills and knowledge into new areas of guidance, care and support which pertain within their establishment, but in particular, within an educational setting.

The general aims of the programme are to extend the skills, knowledge and understanding of the participants in the following ways:

  • critical evaluation and application of advanced professional knowledge and understanding;
  • commitment to critical self-evaluation and development;
  • enhanced and highly effective professional performance;
  • personal and professional commitment to an extended professional role and wider professional vision;
  • advocacy of change and professional action aimed at the development and improvement of practice;
  • development of professional values and knowledge through reflective and evidence-based practice;
  • working with others to bring about change and improvement to practice;
  • bridging theory and practice and critically applying and challenging research findings.

In addition, each module has specific aims relevant to the content covered.

Available Programmes of Study

Pastoral Care, Guidance & Pupil Support

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month Location  
MEd 36 months Online Learning Part Time January or September View

Programme Information

Stage 1

Stage 1

Optional Courses

Select ONE course from EACH of the following options:

  • ED501U Care and Support in Action (30 credits points) OR ED50BZ Managing Personal Support in Schools (30 credit points)

AND

  • ED50CB Counselling and Mentoring Approaches in Educational Settings (30 credit points) OR ED502Y Mentoring in Professional Contexts (30 credit points)
Stage 2

Stage 2

Optional Courses

Select EITHER:

ED505S/ED555S Research Methods for Professional Learning (30 credit points)

OR BOTH

ED503Q/ED553Q Critical Approaches to Academic Literature (15 credit points) AND ED503R/ED553R Research Methods (15 credit points)

In addition, students may choose 30 credit points from the following:

  • ED554C Personal and Social Development, Health & Wellbeing (30 credit points) OR ED55CA Curriculum, Careers Guidance and Education for Enterprise (30 credit points)
Research Methods for Professional Learning (ED505S)

30 Credit Points

This course aims to provide participants with a critical working knowledge of the key aspects of research and enquiry, in the context of professional learning and the enhancement of professional practice. Participants will source and critically engage with relevant literature and other evidence to provide a backdrop to the design of a small-scale enquiry in professional context. Decisions taken during all aspects of enquiry design will be justified using evidence. Enquiry processes implemented will be critically evaluated, and implications for future practice uncovered.

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Personal and Social Development, Health and Wellbeing (ED554C)

30 Credit Points

Personal and social development linked to health and wellbeing is increasingly recognised as central to an effective education in which the potential of the whole individual is developed.

Curriculum for Excellence and Health and Wellbeing E&O’s emphasize the importance of planned approaches. This module is therefore designed to increase competence in identifying and meeting the developing needs of young people through effective planning.

The module covers aspects below:

  • planning, development and delivery of inter-disciplinary programmes of PSHE including assessment, evaluation and improvement planning
  • learner-centred approaches and the importance of a supportive climate
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Stage 3

Stage 3

To gain the Masters you are required to complete the Masters Project/Dissertation.


Compulsory Courses

ED506A Masters Dissertation/Project (60 credit points)


Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home Students £700
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.
International Students £2,040
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.
PgCert 12 months Online Learning Part Time January or September View

Programme Information

Stage 1

Stage 1

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate you will require:

One Guidance based module from either Care and Support in Action or Managing Personal Support in Schools plus one counselling based module chosen from Counselling and Mentoring Approaches in Educational Settings or Mentoring in Professional Contexts.


Optional Courses

Select ONE course from EACH of the following options:

  • ED501U Care and Support in Action (30 credits points) OR ED50BZ Managing Personal Support in Schools (30 credit points)

AND

  • ED50CB Counselling and Mentoring Approaches in Educational Settings (30 credit points) OR ED502Y Mentoring in Professional Contexts (30 credit points)

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home Students £700
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.
International Students £2,040
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.
PgDip 24 months Online Learning Part Time September View

Programme Information

Stage 1

Stage 1

Optional Courses

Select ONE course from EACH of the following options:

  • ED501U Care and Support in Action (30 credits points) OR ED50BZ Managing Personal Support in Schools (30 credit points)

AND

  • ED50CB Counselling and Mentoring Approaches in Educational Settings (30 credit points) OR ED502Y Mentoring in Professional Contexts (30 credit points)
Stage 2

Stage 2

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma, in addition to the requirements for Postgraduate Certificate, you will require:

To take both of the following 15 credit research based modules: Critical Approaches to Academic Literature and Research Methods plus one of the option modules below.

Option modules are Personal and Social Development, Health and Wellbeing or Curriculum, Careers Guidance and Education for Enterprise.


Optional Courses

Select EITHER:

ED505S/ED555S Research Methods for Professional Learning (30 credit points)

OR BOTH

ED503Q/ED553Q Critical Approaches to Academic Literature (15 credit points) AND ED503R/ED553R Research Methods (15 credit points)

In addition, students may choose 30 credit points from the following:

  • ED554C Personal and Social Development, Health & Wellbeing (30 credit points) OR ED55CA Curriculum, Careers Guidance and Education for Enterprise (30 credit points)
Research Methods for Professional Learning (ED505S)

30 Credit Points

This course aims to provide participants with a critical working knowledge of the key aspects of research and enquiry, in the context of professional learning and the enhancement of professional practice. Participants will source and critically engage with relevant literature and other evidence to provide a backdrop to the design of a small-scale enquiry in professional context. Decisions taken during all aspects of enquiry design will be justified using evidence. Enquiry processes implemented will be critically evaluated, and implications for future practice uncovered.

View detailed information about this course
Critical Approaches to Academic Literature (ED503Q)

15 Credit Points

This course is for students undertaking postgraduate study which requires a good standard of critical reading and writing skills.

The essential aim of the course is to provide participants with a working knowledge of what is required to appraise journal and other material, and be able to present a reasoned argument based on evidence. By the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate the capability to

  • develop a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts of the topics studied, together with knowledge of major policy issues involved
  • analyse critically evidence and arguments to support professional judgments
View detailed information about this course
Critical Approaches to Academic Literature (ED553Q)

15 Credit Points

This course is for students undertaking postgraduate study which requires a good standard of critical reading and writing skills.

The essential aim of the course is to provide participants with a working knowledge of what is required to appraise journal and other material, and be able to present a reasoned argument based on evidence. By the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate the capability to

  • develop a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts of the topics studied, together with knowledge of major policy issues involved
  • analyse critically evidence and arguments to support professional judgments
View detailed information about this course
Personal and Social Development, Health and Wellbeing (ED554C)

30 Credit Points

Personal and social development linked to health and wellbeing is increasingly recognised as central to an effective education in which the potential of the whole individual is developed.

Curriculum for Excellence and Health and Wellbeing E&O’s emphasize the importance of planned approaches. This module is therefore designed to increase competence in identifying and meeting the developing needs of young people through effective planning.

The module covers aspects below:

  • planning, development and delivery of inter-disciplinary programmes of PSHE including assessment, evaluation and improvement planning
  • learner-centred approaches and the importance of a supportive climate
View detailed information about this course

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home Students £700
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.
International Students £2,040
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 30 credits.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

How You'll Study

Students and tutors work in a MyAberdeen virtual leading environment. A reasonable ability in ICT will therefore be necessary to cope with blended or e-learning delivery. Communication by web cam will be expected in addition. Modules will be taken on a part-time basis and participants are required to reach PG Diploma level (120 credits) normally within 2 years - 3 at the outset. It is expected that participants will have had some practical experience to share, be willing to work collaboratively in study buddy groups on set discussion tasks and have the opportunity to be involved in aspects of support in their workplace setting or other appropriate agency.

Learning Methods

  • E-learning
  • Individual Projects
  • Research
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

A wide range of assessment instruments are deployed within and across courses to ensure the validity, reliability and vitality of assessment in support of personal growth and professional development.

Formative assessment is an important component of modules and programmes. Formative assessment may involve tutor, peer or self-assessment. Formatives are worth 25% each and the summative submission is worth 50% of the final grade.

Why Study Pastoral Care, Guidance & Pupil Support?

  • This programme is held in high regard nationally and in particular by agency managers.
  • The additional in-house practical experience can be a possible promotion route to the area of Guidance/Support.
  • The programme is delivered online, enabling students to participate from all over Scotland and beyond.
  • Few Universities offer a similar programme.

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Entry Requirements

This postgraduate programme is open to all professionals who have a caring role with young people. It aims to provide a response to the continuing professional development needs of those who wish to extend their skills and knowledge into new areas of guidance, care and support which pertain within their establishment, but in particular, within an educational setting.

Qualifications

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

Entry requirements for this programme as with other PGT programmes is an honours degree at 2:2 or above from a recognised university or body. In exceptional circumstances applicants without this qualification may be admitted at the discretion of the Programme Director subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of experience, appropriate to the field of study.

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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 - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

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

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; 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.

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 x 2
two reference letters, one of which should be 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 employers, or other professional individuals

International Applicants

Should your programme necessitate a visit to the University you may find the following information helpful.

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Scholarships

Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

Careers

Qualifications gained by successful candidates often leads to enhanced promotional prospects in the candidates work place setting.

Career Opportunities

  • Depute Head Teacher
  • Faculty Head
  • Guidance Teacher
  • Head Teacher

Professional Links

http://www.gtcs.org.uk/TeacherJourney/framework-for-masters/framework-for-masters-in-education.aspx

Accreditation

This part-time, online programme is accredited by the University of Aberdeen and participants are drawn from full time teachers, mainly from the secondary educational sector, although it is open to primary and FE colleagues to join us. In addition, this programme is open to professionals in Health, Social Work and Community Education.

Useful Fact about this Subject

Pastoral Care, Guidance and Pupil Support is one of 15 highly successful programmes on offer within the School of Education's postgraduate portfolio.

Our Experts

Director
Ms Sandra Paterson

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.

Facilities

All course work is delivered within the MyAberdeen Ultra Virtual Learning Environment and through Blackboard Collaborate online meeting rooms.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

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