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.

This programme is studied fully online.

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.

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
MEd, PgDip or PgCert
Duration
1 Year / 2 Years / 3 Years
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
September or January

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

  • 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.

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

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.

English 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

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme.

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

Fees and Funding

Click a row below to view detailed fee information for each study option.

MEd Pastoral Care, Guidance & Pupil Support 3 Years Online Learning Part Time September, January

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £305
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credit points.
International Students £880
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credit points.
PgDip Pastoral Care, Guidance & Pupil Support 2 Years Online Learning Part Time September, January

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £305
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis. Fee quoted is per 15 credits.
International Students £880
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis. Fee quoted is per 15 credits.
PgCert Pastoral Care, Guidance & Pupil Support 1 Year Online Learning Part Time September, January

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £305
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis. Fee quoted is per 15 credits.
International Students £880
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis. Fee quoted is per 15 credits.

Additional Fees

  • 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.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

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

Career Opportunities

  • Faculty Head
  • Guidance Teacher
  • Head Teacher

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

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.

Useful Fact about this Programme

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

Facilities

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

Contact Us

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