PGDE With Teaching Qualification: School Experience EDUC4014

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 4 (BDS, BVMS, MBChB)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • 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 2
4 - 29 (primary 1 - 3)
Weeks 35 - 40 (primary 4 - 7)


Weeks 5 - 6

Weeks 11 - 16

Weeks 24 - 29

Weeks 36 - 40

Requirements of Entry


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 development of:
- Professional knowledge and understanding
- Professional skills and abilities
- Professional values and personal commitment

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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 pupils

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