University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Primary Education (5-11 years, Gaelic medium)

The University actively seeks to promote and facilitate Gaelic medium education through Initial Teacher Education. 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. SCE Higher grade award in English or 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; or previously known as National Certificate (modules): communication 4 and literature 1. Students must have a degree with at least 80 SCQF credit points in Gaelic language (but students must have specialised in Scottish Gaelic). Students also have to prove that they are fluent in spoken Scottish Gaelic.

Course modules

Learning and teaching in schools (beginning to teach); learning and teaching in schools (the developing professional); 2 school experiences; further professional study on Gaelic Medium education; delivery of some of the core curricular areas in Gaelic and half of all school experience in Gaelic Medium units or schools.

Assessment methods

There are 2 5,000 word assignments within this programme. The 1st focuses on how children and 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 Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE (professional) Full-time - 1 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

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