Introduction

Accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland, this professional qualifying programme provides Initial Teacher Education to meet the latest demands of contemporary primary and nursery schools.

Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
PGDE
Duration
10 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
August
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If you are interested in embarking on a rewarding and fulfilling career, where you can really make a difference, our PGDE programmes give you the opportunity to get a teaching qualification in just 36 weeks.

The aim of the programme is to produce adaptable, flexible teachers who are able to collaborate and cooperate with other professionals, ready to the face challenges of teaching in the 21st century and to commit to the notion of life-long learning. The University of Aberdeen offers an innovative PGDE programme that brings together primary and secondary specialists, in order to learn together, to share common experiences, and to debate current educational issues.

The development of the programme aims to produce inclusive practitioners who will be able to face the challenges of the 21st century classroom, by adopting innovative pedagogies that support all learners and foster collaborative working. The PGDE 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. It is also offered on a part-time basis, over 18 months, in conjunction with specific local authorities.

Applying

The method of applying for the PGDE programme within the School of Education is different from the standard postgraduate application process.

All applications should be made through the main Undergraduate UCAS scheme and not through Teacher Training. This applies to all institutions in Scotland delivering the PGDE, not just Aberdeen.

What You'll Study

Semester 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses
  • ED40XZ: Learning and Teaching in Schools (Primary) [ED40XZ is a course that runs across semesters 1 and 2.]
Education in Context (ED402J)

15 Credit Points

This course provides a range of learning contexts, delivered both through on-campus and online learning, to acquire knowledge and understanding of current issues in Scottish Education. Students will engage with current policy and pedagogical theory in order to support the development of professional values and skills in preparation for School Experience 1.

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Exploring the Curriculum (ED402K)

15 Credit Points

This course provides a range of learning opportunities, delivered both through on-campus and online learning, where students will engage with contexts for learning across the curriculum in the Upper Stages of Primary School.

Students will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the nature of curriculum, including subject specific content and skills. Approaches to planning for learning, teaching and assessment will be explored through core curricular areas, highlighting the importance of Literacy, Numeracy and Health and Wellbeing.

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School Experience 1: Beginning to Teach (ED402L)

30 Credit Points

As part of the PGDE (Primary) programme, students willStudents will gradually build responsibility for teaching, learning and assessing though initially observing in the classroom context. With support students will then begin to gradually plan, implement and reflect on learning and teaching across the curriculum. The development of professional practice will be supported by engagement with policy, professional dialogue and enquiry.

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Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses
  • ED40XZ: Learning and Teaching in Schools (Primary) [ED40XZ is a course that runs across semesters 1 and 2.]
Informing Professional Practice (ED452M)

15 Credit Points

This course provides a range of learning contexts, delivered both through on-campus and online learning, to acquire knowledge and understanding of current issues in Scottish Education relevant to Early/First level.

Students will engage with educational theory, policy and literature in order to further underpin the development of professional practice.

This course will support students to develop the skills required to engage with practitioner research and enquiry.

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Connecting the Curriculum (ED452N)

15 Credit Points

This course provides a range of learning opportunities, delivered both through on-campus and online learning, where students will engage with inter-disciplinary contexts for learning across the curriculum, including opportunities to explore diversity, global citizenship and sustainability.

Students will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the nature of the curriculum in the early years, including subject specific content and skills, including the importance of play and active learning. Approaches to planning for learning, teaching and assessment will be explored through core curricular areas.

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School Experience 2: Transition to Becoming an Inclusive Teacher (ED4704)

30 Credit Points

As part of the PGDE (Primary) programme, this professional placement provides further opportunity for students to apply and develop their knowledge of issues in Scottish Education and pedagogical theory. Students will develop the skills to support them as a critically responsive practitioner as they transition into their induction year.

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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

Learning Methods

  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment Methods

There are two 5000-word in-course assignments within the programme. The first focuses around the student's professional development towards becoming an inclusive practitioner, and the second a reflective enquiry into an aspect of a student's professional practice.

Students are assessed on School Experience courses through a combination of Tutor (after observation visits) and School Reports on their progress.

Entry Requirements

Please ensure that you read in full the PGDE Information Leaflet available at the top of the page. In addition to the following entry requirements, a PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Group) check through Disclosure Scotland will be conducted by the University prior to final acceptance.

Qualifications

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

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.

In addition formal qualifications are required in English and Mathematics, please see the information leaflet (linked on this page).

The University of Aberdeen Online Access Courses are suitable to meet the English and Mathematics requirements for this programme.

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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 - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

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

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
RUK £9,250
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
EU / International students £18,000
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
Do not use £1,820
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year

Additional Fee Information

  • 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.

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

Please see attached PGDE information leaflet for further career information.

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher

Accreditation

This degree holds accreditation from

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
Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX