Introduction

Primary Education at Aberdeen produces creative, motivated and highly-skilled primary teachers confident to work with children in any educational setting. You will benefit from flexibility, opportunity, research, new tools, exceptional staff and experience in school each year as you become equipped to inspire and guide young minds in the 21st century.

This programme is studied on campus.

The School of Education has a long and distinguished record in the education of teachers with a culturally stimulating creative environment within the School, the University and across our wide networks.

Our MA Primary Education programme is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), so on graduation you can apply for provisional registration as a primary teacher. Please be aware that our MA Programme is under review and from September 2019 we expect students to benefit from opportunities for school experience from year one onward. Consequently students will only study 60 credits in electives across year one and two and not 120 at present. There are also may professional learning and development opportunities with us beyond graduation.

Teaching is an exciting and demanding job that requires a range of personal and professional qualities. You will gain an in-depth understanding of what motivates younger students. You will explore teaching methods and issues not only within the core curriculum areas of literacy, numeracy and health and well-being but in terms of contemporary and global issues such as inclusion, social justice, diversity, sustainability and creativity.

Our highly qualified, experienced staff bring a wide range of expertise in learning and teaching. Many are recognised locally, nationally and internationally for research and development work in their particular specialist fields and you will benefit from the partnerships built over many years with communities, education authorities and other professionals.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MA
Duration
48 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
September
UCAS Code
X120

What You'll Study

The programme leads to a qualification to teach children in the 3–12 age range and you will gain registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). In each of the four years, our courses combine academic study with practical application. Following graduation, you can benefit from ongoing support through opportunities to continue your academic and professional development. Our programme is subject to constant review both internally, externally and through the GTCS, the professional body that accredits all Initial Teacher Education and with whom you will register after graduation, therefore some details are subject to change.

Please note, the course modules listed below are currently under review and therefore subject to change. Our revised course module information will be available to view from May 2019.

Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Learning how to Learn (ED1076) - 15 Credit Points

Learn how to learn through reflection, engagement, multiple intelligences and social constructivism. Learning shapes who we are and what we do.

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What Makes US Human? 1a (ED1057) - 15 Credit Points

This course is designed to explore what it is to be human and why an understanding of this is important in helping understand the world in which children live and grow up. It provides a range of perspectives outwith education including Archaeology, Genetics, Anthropology and Religious Studies. Students will consider where and when humans first came into being and the balance between our biology and environment in terms of defining who we are; the creation of our identity as people and how children learn to negotiate this as part of their every day being.

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What Makes US Human 1b (ED1545) - 15 Credit Points

This course consider human agency and issues such as prejudicial thinking, reform and punishment. Students will be sensitised to issues relating to the development of other humans and themselves.

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Academic Writing for Education (AW1005)

This compulsory evaluation is designed to find out if your academic writing is of a sufficient standard to enable you to succeed at university and, if you need it, to provide support to improve. It is completed on-line via MyAberdeen with clear instructions to guide you through it. If you pass the evaluation at the first assessment it will not take much of your time. If you do not, you will be provided with resources to help you improve. This evaluation does not carry credits but if you do not complete it this will be recorded on your degree transcript.

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Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

This course, which is prescribed for level 1 students and optional for level 2 students, is studied entirely online and covers topics relating to careers and employability, equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing. During the course you will learn about the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes, how they are relevant to you and the opportunities available to develop your skills and attributes alongside your University studies. You will also gain an understanding of equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing issues. Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’ (non-completion will be recorded as ‘Not Achieved’). The course takes approximately 3 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks and it will be available to you throughout the academic year.

This course, which is prescribed for level 1 students and optional for level 2 students and above, is studied entirely online and covers topics relating to careers and employability, equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing. During the course you will learn about the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes, how they are relevant to you and the opportunities available to develop your skills and attributes alongside your University studies. You will also gain an understanding of equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing issues. Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’ (non-completion will be recorded as ‘Not Achieved’). The course takes approximately 3 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks and it will be available to you throughout the academic year.

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Learning how Others Learn (ED1547) - 15 Credit Points

Explore how to respond flexibly and positively to the complexities of living, learning and working in the 21st Century.

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Optional Courses

  • Students can select 60 further credit points from Sustained Study, Discipline Breadth or Sixth Century courses across levels 1 and 2.
Year 2

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

From Learning to Teaching (ED2055) - 30 Credit Points

Explore key educational issues as they relate to the developing personal and professional identity of a beginning teacher.

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Learning and Teaching in and Through the Curriculum (ED2555) - 30 Credit Points

Enhance knowledge and understanding of learning and teaching through a study of the curriculum, and an exploration of the current context of curricular change through academic and field investigation.

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Optional Courses

  • Students can select 60 further credit points from Sustained Study, Discipline Breadth or Sixth Century courses across levels 1 and 2.

Year 3

Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Foundations of Learning for Professional Practice at Early / First Level (ED302A) - 30 Credit Points

Develop a broad and critical understanding of how children develop and learn from conception through the first eight years of life.

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Professional Focus 1 (ED302C) - 15 Credit Points

Professional Focus aims to provide students with an opportunity to explore, in depth, an area of the curriculum, or an innovative perspective on learning. The course will extend students’ own learning as well as stimulate new ideas to inform practice as a teacher. It is designed to model the creative and collaborative pedagogical approaches advocated in Curriculum for Excellence.

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Developing Professional Knowledge in A Core Curricular Area 2 (ED352B) - 15 Credit Points

This course continues to develop professionals knowledge and understanding of a core curricular area.

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Professional Focus 2 (ED352C) - 15 Credit Points

This course builds on Professional Focus 1 enabling students to further explore an area of the curriculum, or an innovative perspective on learning. The course will enhance students’ own learning as well as stimulate new ideas to inform practice as a teacher. It is designed to model the creative and collaborative pedagogical approaches advocated in Curriculum for Excellence.

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Transferring Professional Knowledge Into Professional Practice for Primary Education (ED352A) - 30 Credit Points

This course will provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate and apply broad and critical understanding of professional practice in a primary school second level setting. It builds on knowledge and understanding of the factors that impact upon children’s development and learning.

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Developing Professional Knowledge in A Core Curricular Area 1 (ED302B) - 15 Credit Points

This course is designed to allow student primary teachers to develop professional knowledge and understanding of a core curricular area.

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Year 4

Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Learning and Teaching in Schools: Developing Professional Practice 1 (ED4071) - 30 Credit Points

This course introduces and develops the main underpinning principles of the programme, providing a forum for analysis and discussion of education in the practical context of classroom teaching. A range of issues common to all students as developing professionals will be reflected upon, in particular, issues which have implications for direct action in the classroom such as inclusive practice and social justice. The course provides students with knowledge and understanding of policy, theory and research in the context of developing professional practice.

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School Experience 1: P4 - 7 (ED402E) - 30 Credit Points

Within school settings students will initially observe, and with support, begin to plan and gradually implement learning and teaching building responsibility. Students will critically reflect on their own practice in relation to key features of an inclusive learning environment, focusing on the role of the teacher. Through observation of classroom practice they will develop capacities and practise skills that enable them to prepare, plan and implement learning, teaching, assessment and evaluation of pupils.

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Learning and Teaching in Schools: Developing Professional Practice 2 (ED4515) - 30 Credit Points

This course further develops knowledge and understanding of national policies, and priorities in education relevant to inclusive education classroom practice. Students will extend their knowledge and understanding of the curriculum in Scottish schools and develop professional skills and abilities relevant to the transition to teaching. Through Professional Enquiry emerging critical skills will deepen, while knowledge and understanding of the diversity and quality of educational research relevant to the development of practice will be developed.

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School Experience 2: P1 - 3 (ED452F) - 30 Credit Points

During this second placement, students will further develop their professional practice, while taking full responsibility for the teaching of classes. Capacities and skills that enable them to prepare, plan and implement learning, teaching, assessment and evaluation of pupils' learning will be enhanced. They will investigate a range of wider aspects of school life through completion of school based study tasks. A small-scale professional enquiry project will be undertaken relevant to the setting, further developing their understanding of the work of other professionals linked to the context of the field placement.

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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

Our learner-centred approach is characterised by workshops, tutorials, seminars, self-study and lectures, supported by an online learning environment. Courses are assessed through a variety of approaches, including written, oral, coursework and school-based assessments. School experience is assessed in partnership with primary school teachers, Head Teachers and University tutors. As the programme develops, students will be expected to take increasing responsibility for determining and organising their own learning as part of their continuing professional development.

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course.
  • Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course.
  • Written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Further Information

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How the programme is taught

The typical time spent in scheduled learning activities (lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals), independent self-study or placement is shown for each year of the programme based on the most popular course choices selected by students.

How the programme is assessed

The typical percentage of assessment methods broken down by written examination, coursework or practical exams is shown for each year of the programme based on the most popular course choices selected by students.

Year 1

Learning Method
scheduled: 21%
independent: 79%
placement: 0%
Assessment
written: 19%
coursework: 71%
practical: 10%

Year 2

Learning Method
scheduled: 13%
independent: 87%
placement: 0%
Assessment
written: 0%
coursework: 80%
practical: 20%

Year 3

Learning Method
scheduled: 14%
independent: 60%
placement: 26%
Assessment
written: 0%
coursework: 75%
practical: 25%

Year 4

Learning Method
scheduled: 20%
independent: 80%
placement: 0%
Assessment
written: 27%
coursework: 67%
practical: 6%

Why Study Primary Education?

  • The School of Education at Aberdeen is recognised as a national and international centre of excellence for creative and innovative thinking and practice
  • We warmly welcome students of all ages and circumstances
  • Opportunities to add special interests which give further career options, including music
  • Opportunities to get involved in the latest research on new developments and thinking in education, such as technology assisting learning, outdoor learning, and bilingual learning
  • Strong links with European teacher education institutions and schools, with the opportunity to spend periods studying abroad
  • Leadership in research on education and autism, including developing social skills through imitation and drama
  • Programmes closely guided by national policies and priorities and leading in the pioneering use of technology in learning
  • The spectacular, award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library, state-of-the-art technology, and wonderful resources for teachers in training
  • A packed campus programme of student and public events, exhibitions, education seminars, invited speakers and the annual May Festival, which welcomes world-famous authors, broadcasters, public figures and a variety of experts onto campus every spring to discuss and debate big issues in our society and world today  

Entry Requirements

Interviews

An interview forms part of the selection process. The information presented in the UCAS Application will be used to determine whether or not an applicant is invited for interview. Performance at interview will determine whether or not an offer will be made.

PVG Check

A Protection of Vulnerable Group (PVG) check through Disclosure Scotland will be conducted by the University. This is required of all applicants who firmly accept an unconditional offer of admission (so their status is UF), even those who have been checked previously. For non UK applicants, or UK applicants who have lived outside the UK for any period of time, an Enhanced criminal record check through Disclosure Scotland will be conducted at the point they become UF and in addition, it will be necessary for the applicant to obtain a criminal record check from the country they are from/lived in. Applicants who firmly accept conditional offers of admission will not undergo PVG unless they move to UF on receipt of exam results. Applicants who make Aberdeen their insurance choice will not undergo PVG unless their status at Aberdeen shows UF. The PVG check is required because the first placement takes place in the January following the start of term in the September.

Qualifications

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


General Entry Requirements

2020 Entry

SCOTTISH QUALIFICATIONS (SQA)

4H at ABBB from S4 and S5. Those seeking to qualify over S5 and S6 will be expected to exceed this minimum.

An HNC and HND qualification (such as Early Education and Childcare) will be accepted as one subject alongside 3 other subjects at Higher level (or equivalent). The Higher grades required are C or above. The required English and Maths grades must also be achieved.

English and Mathematics as below.

GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (GCE)

A Levels: BBB

English and Mathematics as below.

IRISH LEAVING CERTIFICATE/ARDTEISTIMEIREACHT

Minimum 4 subjects at H2, H3, H3, H3 including English, and 2 at O3, including Maths.

English and Mathematics Entry Requirements

All students are required to fulfil the English and Mathematics entry requirements for entry to our MA Primary Education degree, in addition to those mentioned above. These can be accessed here.

The information displayed in this section shows a shortened summary of our entry requirements. For more information, or for full entry requirements for Education degrees, see our detailed entry requirements section.


English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate 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 - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

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

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Fitness to Practice Guidelines

Students undertaking Education, Medicine or Dentistry programmes must comply with the University's fitness to practise guidelines.

Fees and Funding

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

Fee Waiver

Most RUK students (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) on a four year honours degree will be eligible for a full-fees waiver in their final year. Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU £1,820
All Students
RUK £9,250
Students Admitted in 2020/21
International Students £17,200
Students Admitted in 2020/21

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

After graduating from the programme, you will be eligible for a one-year induction training post* in a primary school in Scotland. Graduates from Aberdeen are highly valued by employers in the city, throughout Scotland and across the world.

*Please note: International Fees students, upon successful completion of the Education Programme are not entitled to an Induction Year Post and will not be permitted to join the Teacher Induction Scheme.

Primary Internationally Renowned Researchers

Many of our Education teaching staff are internationally recognised researchers.

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.

Facilities

The School of Education is located in the MacRobert Building of the University's historic King's College Campus. Our programme makes use of innovative technology to support learning on and out with the University campus. The University's distance learning partnership in teaching and research enables students to undertake distance learning nationally and internationally.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

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