University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Secondary Education (English)

The course consists of 4 components: Learning and Teaching in Schools: Beginning to Teach; this module provides opportunities to focus on learning and learners and beginning as a teacher. Learning and Teaching in Schools: The Developing Professional; this module provides opportunities for students to gain a wider and deeper knowledge and understanding of professional issues and developments relevant to the teaching profession. These modules are designed in order to support achievement of all aspects of the Standard for Initial Teacher Education (SITE) which is required before entry to the teaching profession as Induction Year Teachers. The other 2 components consist of 2 school experience placements. The placements are designed to extend classroom experience and give students the opportunity to contextualise and make links between the academic course inputs and their developing practice in order to achieve SITE. School experience placements are arranged in close partnership with local authorities and usually take place in 2 different schools. Full-time students may be required to travel outwith the immediate Aberdeen area for school placements. Distance learning students are usually placed in their local authority. On completion students are recommended to the General Teaching for Scotland for provisional registration.

Entry requirements

A degree validated by a higher education institution in the UK or a degree of a equivalent standard from outside the UK. In addition, for secondary applicants the degree should minimally contain 80 SCQF credit points relevant to the teaching qualification or qualifications being studied: 40 of the credit points must have been studied at SCQF level 8 or above. Some credit points are acceptable for entry to more than 1 teaching subject. Additionally students need SCE Higher grade award in English/ESOL at grade C or above; or National Course award (Higher still) in English and communication at grade C or above; or National Units: communication (NC) at Higher level and literature 1 at Higher level; or GCSE/O level English language and English literature, grade C or above in both; or A-level English, grade D or above; or Irish Leaving Certificate English at Higher grade C2 or above; or English of an equivalent academic standard from outside the UK. Additionally students must have a degree with at least 80 SCQF credit points in English, of which at least 40 SCQF credit points must be in English literature or Scottish literature.

Course modules

Learning and teaching in schools (beginning to teach); learning and teaching in schools (the developing professional); 2 school experiences.

Assessment methods

There are 2 5,000-word assignments within this programme. The 1st focuses on how children or young people learn and the role of the teacher in the planning and provision of suitable learning opportunities. The 2nd focuses on developing understanding of becoming an inclusive practitioner. A further professional study element is included in the course with the principal aim of enhancing students� development in a particular area.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE (professional) Full-time - 1 years
PGDE Distance learning £ 11,000 per Whole course (overseas fees) 2 years
PGDE Full-time £ 11,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 36 weeks

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland
Online/Distance Learning

Key information

Student Recruitment and Admissions Service
Telephone number: 
01224 273504