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 placements ranging from schools on remote Scottish islands to the urban environment of big cities as you become equipped to inspire and guide young minds in the 21st century. Our MA Primary Education (Honours) degree produces creative, confident, motivated and reflective primary teachers and is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). Our programme incorporates a school placement in each year of study, including first year, therefore ensuring that academic learning is reinforced with practical application from the start. Students will enjoy experiences in five different settings across four years of study. At the point of entry students on our degree programme have a clear and stable path to becoming a qualified Primary teacher. As a result of the interview being conducted prior to entry and therefore satisfying GTCS requirements, a further interview during degree study is not required at Aberdeen. The School of Education has a long and distinguished record in the education of teachers with a culturally stimulating, hi-tech, creative environment within the School 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. There are also many professional learning and development opportunities. Teaching is an exciting and demanding job that requires a range of personal and professional qualities. At Aberdeen, you will develop teaching skills designed to help you get the best out of young learners in an exciting and stimulating environment. You will gain an in-depth understanding of what motivates younger students and learn various communication techniques to communicate with people on a number of levels. You will look too at teaching methods and issues including literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing and other topical concerns including inclusion, and social justice and learning. You will have the Aberdeen benefit of school placements in your final year that range from big city, small town, suburban, rural and island settings and give you the widest possible preparation for your future employment. 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 the strong partnerships and programmes developed with schools and communities, education authorities and other professionals.
The Primary Education degree comprises credit rated courses. 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 presentation, written assignment, portfolio and examinations. 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.
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.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- General Teaching Council for Scotland
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||BBB||A minimum of 3 A Levels at BBB English Minimum required: A Level English at Grade C or above; or GCSE / O Level English Language AND English Literature at Level 6 (previously Grade B) or above in both. Mathematics Minimum required: GCSE Mathematics at Level 4, or Grade C or above, or O Level at Grade C or above.|
|Scottish Higher||ABBB||A minimum of 4 Highers at ABBB from a single sitting, to include English at B or above; or National Course award (Higher Still) in English and Communication at Grade B or above. Mathematics Minimum: SQA Standard Grade (credit level) at Grade 1 or 2; or National 5 Mathematics or Applications of Mathematics (previously known as Lifeskills Maths) at Grade C or above; or SCE ordinary award in Mathematics at Grade A, B, C or pass; or National Course award Intermediate 2 Mathematics at Grade C or above. A Pass in the Open University Course - MU123 Discovering Mathematics - is acceptable for the Maths requirement. Higher ESOL IS NOT accepted in place of Higher English. 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 is to be made.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||32 points||Maths and English required. Higher in English at 5 required.|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H2, H3, H3, H3||A minimum of 4 at Higher Level with one at H2 AND three at H3 OR ABBB all obtained in a single sitting, including English, and 2 at Ordinary Level, including Maths which must be at Grade B or Grade 3 or above.|
|Scottish HNC||Qualifications 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 as noted. Students with HN qualifications enter Year 1 of the MA Education in line with GTCS requirements.|
English Minimum • SCE Higher grade award in English at Grade B or above; or • A Level English, Grade C or above; or • GCSE English Language AND English Literature, at Level 6 (previously Grade B) or above IN BOTH; or • O Level English Language AND English Literature, Grade B or above or pass IN BOTH; or • Irish Leaving Certificate English at Higher Grade 3 or above or Higher Grade B3 or above; or • National Course award (Higher Still) in English and Communication at Grade B or above; or • National Units – Communication (NC) at Higher level and Literature 1 at Higher level **; or • University of Aberdeen Online English (see below) or • English of an equivalent academic standard from outside the UK. *Higher ESOL acceptable for entry to PGDE Secondary only, NOT PGDE Primary or undergraduate Primary. ** Previously known as National Certificate Modules Communication 4 & Literature 1 Mathematics Minimum • National 5 Mathematics at Grade C or above; or • National 5 Applications of Mathematics (previously known as Lifeskills Maths) at Grade C or above; or • Core Maths 4 Pass; or • GCSE Mathematics at Level 4, or Grade C or above or Pass; or • O Level Mathematics at Grade C or above or Pass; or • Irish Leaving Certificate Mathematics at Ordinary Grade 3 or above or Ordinary Grade B or above; or • National Course Award Intermediate Level 2 Mathematics at Grade C or above; or • SCE Standard grade (credit level) award in Mathematics at Grade 2 or above; or • SCE Ordinary grade award in Mathematics at Grade C or above or Pass; or • Open University Course – MU123 Discovering Mathematics#, Pass; or • University of Aberdeen Online Maths (see below) or • Mathematics of an equivalent academic standard from outside the UK. # Please note that with regard to OU MU123 – the course generally starts in January each year with exam results issued in the December of the same year. The following are not accepted as a Mathematics qualification at the University of Aberdeen: Standard Grade 3 or below, GCSE Grade D or below, CSE Grade 1, O Level Grade 3. The University will consult UK NARIC (The National Academic Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom), to determine whether or not qualifications achieved outside the UK meet the entry requirements detailed above. The University of Aberdeen has launched three online access courses, one in English and two in Mathematics. These are accepted by the University of Aberdeen for entry to teacher training although it should be noted that the Online Mathematics course at SCQF Level 5 is the most appropriate Online Access Maths course for you and is at the level required by the General Teaching Council for Scotland. Full information on the Online provision, including costs, can be found at www.abdn.ac.uk/study/online/access-courses.php.
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Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
As a result of the interview being conducted prior to entry and therefore satisfying GTCS requirements, a further interview during degree study is not required at Aberdeen.
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.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||Listening - 5.5 or above Reading - 5.5 or above Speaking - 5.5 or above Writing - 6.0 or above Overall - 6.0|
|TOEFL (iBT)||78||TOEFL DI code is 0818: Listening - 17 or above Reading - 18 or above Speaking - 20 or above Writing - 21 or above Overall - 78|
|PTE Academic||54||Listening - 51 or above Reading - 51 or above Speaking - 51 or above Writing - 54 or above Overall - 54 or above|
In all cases, all English language qualifications must be taken within two years of the start date of your desired degree.
Undergraduate Degrees - English Requirements are detailed here:
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|