University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Secondary Education

The aim of the programme is to produce adaptable, flexible teachers able to collaborate and cooperate with other professionals, ready to face challenges of teaching in the 21st century and commit to the notion of lifelong learning. The following subjects are available: Biology with science; business studies; chemistry with science; computing; drama; English; Gaelic; geography; home economics; history; mathematics; modern languages; modern studies; physics with science; religious education. Students must meet the requirements of the Standard for Initial Teacher Education (SITE) in order to pass the PGDE and gain entry to the Teacher Induction Scheme in Scotland (subject to meeting SAAS funding criteria).

Entry requirements

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. An SQA higher grade award in English 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 at grade D or above; or Irish leaving certificate English at higher grade C2 or above. An SQA standard grade credit level award in mathematics at grade 1 or 2; or SCE ordinary grade award in mathematics at grade A or B; or National Course award intermediate level 2 mathematics at grade C or above; or GCSE/O Level mathematics at grade B or above; or Irish leaving certificate mathematics at ordinary grade B or above. All candidates who are selected for interview are required to attend the School of Education for the interview which is normally conducted jointly by University staff and field specialists. Students will be required to complete a Protection for Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check prior to final acceptance on the course.

Course modules

The programme consists of 4 compulsory courses of study: 2 academic campus based courses and 2 school experience courses split roughly over the 2 University semesters.

Assessment methods

There are 2 5,000-word in-course assignments within the programme. A further professional study element with options relevant to current initiatives in education is included in the course with the principal aim of enhancing students� development in a particular area. Students are assessed on school experience courses through a combination of tutor (after observation visits) and school reports on their progress.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGDE Full-time - 12 months

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