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.

Key Facts

Duration
1 Year / 2 Years / 3 Years
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
January or September
Learning Mode
Online Learning

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Overview

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.

What You'll Study

The information below applies to the 3 year part time online learning MEd programme which runs in September and January. You will find information about other ways to study this programme in the next section on this page.

Degree Structure

Introduction

Stage one

One guidance based module from either ED501U or ED50BZ AND one counselling based module from either ED502Y or ED50CB

Stage two

ED503Q or ED553Q (online) and ED503R or ED553R (online)

and

ED554C or ED55CA

Stage three

ED50PJ

Compulsory Courses

Care and Support in Action (distance Learning) (ED501U)

This module is offered to all who wish to enhance knowledge and skills in this area in order to advance their professionalism in working with young people. This includes specifically class room teachers, existing principal teachers, faculty heads and senior managers within schools as well as community educationalists, health and social workers.

The module covers aspects of all areas below:

  • Guidance and support policies, roles and responsibilities within the context of the ‘National Support Framework’
  • Providing quality care and support, partnership set within the support entitlement
  • Team working through an integrated multi-agency approach, child protection and inclusion
Managing Personal Support in Schools (ED50BZ)

The new principal teacher of guidance support (targeted support) is expected not only to manage cross curricular PSD provision but also all aspects of whole school support (universal support) and those staff who deliver such support.

The module covers aspects of all areas below:

  • The management role of promoted pastoral support staff
  • The management of change set within the context of ‘Curriculum for Excellence’
  • Leadership styles, team building activities
  • Conflict resolution, solution-focused approaches, managing staff, time and projects
  • Integrated approaches to targeted, universal and pupil support, inclusion and inter-professional working
Critical Approaches to Academic Literature (ED503Q)

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
Critical Approaches to Academic Literature (ED553Q)

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
Research Methods (ED503R)

The course is focussed on social science research and applications in professional / work contexts. Participants make critical connections between policy, theory, research and practice in the context of investigating their own practice. Course coverage includes research philosophy and methodology, research implementation (design, methods, data collection and ethics), data analysis and interpretation, and reflective evaluation. Participants conduct a small scale research activity to enable exploration and evaluation of the application of research in their own context. The course offers a supportive, formative learning experience in preparation for a larger project.

Research Methods (ED553R)

The course is focussed on social science research and applications in professional / work contexts. Participants make critical connections between policy, theory, research and practice in the context of investigating their own practice. Course coverage includes research philosophy and methodology, research implementation (design, methods, data collection and ethics), data analysis and interpretation, and reflective evaluation. Participants conduct a small scale research activity to enable exploration and evaluation of the application of research in their own context. The course offers a supportive, formative learning experience in preparation for a larger project.

Work - Based Project / Dissertation (ED50PJ)

This course will support you to frame, specify, plan, implement and report an academic or work-related research-based investigation or development. The course is available if you have successfully completed a postgraduate diploma and allows you to complete your Masters degree. Normally your diploma should have included courses which introduced the process and methods of conducting research. The work based project/dissertation course requires sustained independent research and you will receive individual or small group supervision. You will also have the opportunity to engage with workshops and online resources as part of a community of researchers in education and related areas.

Optional Courses

In addition, one course from the following may be chosen in stage two:

Curriculum, Careers Guidance and Education for Enterprise (ED55CA)

Increasingly carers, teachers and lecturers are expected to take responsibility for aspects of curriculum and careers guidance and the preparation of their youngsters for lifelong learning, education for work and enterprise.

This module would benefit all education staff, community and health workers whose daily work impinges on such areas.

The module covers aspects of all areas below:

  • Gaining knowledge, competence and confidence to give curricular and vocational advice
  • Team approaches to planning and experiential delivery of careers education
  • Supporting development towards skills for life and work within a philosophy of enterprise
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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

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 (120credits) 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

  • Tutorials
  • Research
  • Individual Projects

Assessment

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.

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

What our Students Say

Fees and Funding

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

Fee information
Fee category Status Amount
Home / EU / RUK Students
Charged on a modular basis per 15 credit points.
Modular fee programmes TBC
International Students
Charged on a modular basis per 15 credit points.
Modular fee programmes TBC
  • 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

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

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

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

Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with a 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.

Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the College of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempted from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

  • Degree Certificatea degree certificate showing your qualifications
  • Degree Transcripta full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
  • Personal Statementa detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
  • Referencea reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability

Facilities

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

Careers

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

Professional Links

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

http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/learningandteaching/thecurriculum/whatcanlearnersexpect/support.asp

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/cad/good-practice/spotlight/employability/emp-sp/

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.

Our Experts

Programme Manager
Ms Sandra Paterson

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.

Contact

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

AB24 5UA
Email
Phone
+44 (0)1224 274776
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