Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

PGDE With Teaching Qualification: School Experience DUMF5110

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

PGDE School Experience


The pattern of school experience is designed to meet the requirements of the 2006 Guidelines for Initial Teacher Education Courses in Scotland which require that at least 18 weeks of the programme must be devoted to School Experience and that the final block should be at least 4 weeks.

The 18 weeks of school placement are broken down as follows:


Weeks 5 - 6 (primary 4 - 7)

Weeks 9 - 16 (primary 4 - 7)

Weeks 24 - 29 (primary 1 - 3)

Weeks 35 - 40 (primary 4 - 7)

Requirements of Entry

Entry onto the PGDE Primary Education programme

Excluded Courses





3 School Experience Placements

Course Aims

The school experience placements provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge, skills and values of the overall programme in a professional setting.

The school experience placement aims to:

1 Develop informed,
 accountable, reflective and enquiring teachers for children aged 3-18 in accordance with Standard for Initial Teacher Education (December 2006)

2 Form beginning teachers who are able to contribute to changing educational contexts through the proactive d
evelopment of:
- Professional knowledge and understanding

- Professional skills and abilities

- Professional values and personal commitment

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1 Encourage critical reflection and enquiry leading to improved practice

2 Develop knowledge and understanding of theoretical perspectives in education and understanding of how these relate to learning

3 Analyse and evaluate the learning needs of all pupil

4 Develop an appreciation of the importance of respecting the dignity of children and young people.

5 Develop skills to work collaboratively within a learning community.

6 Develop self-direction skills as professional learners

7 Where appropriate,
 to develop an understanding of the nature of Catholic schools and the role of the teacher within this context.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits