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University of Aberdeen

Primary Education

UCAS Code: X120

Master of Arts (with Honours) - MA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

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.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

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.

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.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B

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.

UCAS Tariff

114-120

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Primary teaching

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.

Modules

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.

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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Aberdeen

Department:

School of Education

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

67%
low
Primary teaching

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Primary teaching

Teaching and learning

73%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
39%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
8%
Male students
92%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Primary teaching

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,500
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

99%
Teaching and educational professionals
1%
Welfare and housing associate professionals

The stats above mainly cover teaching degrees for training and qualifying in primary school education. These tend to be three or four-year courses — check with course tutors about how long you will need to study to get your Qualified Teacher Status. Most graduates go into teaching roles — usually primary school teaching, so these courses have good employment rates and starting salaries. We have a shortage of teachers of all kinds, which is deepening, and whilst many of the most severe are at secondary level, the prospects for this degree are not likely to take a downturn any time soon.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Primary teaching

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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