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MA (Hons) Education

This course will prepare you to teach children in 3-12 years age range in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Our MA (Hons) Education programme is a highly professional course which combines theoretical understanding, practical school experience and personal development. The wide range of learning opportunities builds on current research to create a sound professional preparation for nursery and primary classrooms.

The MA (Hons) Education is also delivered in Athens in partnership with the Hellenic Association for Education.

Why study MA (Hons) Education at Dundee?

Our MA (Hons) Education leads to a qualification to teach children in the 3-12 years age range (nursery and primary schools). This programme, developed in response to recent national recommendations and other developments in teacher education in Scotland, replaces the old traditional BEd Primary Education Programme.

Teaching is an exciting and rewarding occupation, requiring a variety of professional skills in communication, management and organisation. Teachers must be able to relate well to other people; exercise a considerable degree of understanding and patience; and rise to the physical, social and emotional demands that the job brings.

Nurturing a vibrant, dynamic, international and inter-disciplinary community is at the heart of what we do. Within the School of Education, Social Work and Community Education, the MA (Hons) Education Programme draws upon modules from across the University as well as offering shared interactive learning with students preparing for careers in social work and community learning and development. This is excellent preparation for interprofessional collaboration later in your career as a teacher.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed this session. I feel all the staff have been really supportive and approachable, not what I expected life at university to be like. I am really impressed by how much everyone wants to make sure that the students are supported and give them advice on how to succeed."
1st year MA student

What's so good about the MA (Hons) Education at Dundee?

Professional Experience

We have significant periods of professional practice in all years of the programme. These extensive placements will give you experience in a range of different settings including nursery, primary, secondary schools and other welfare settings.

A strength of our programme is the opportunity to undertake a placement in a location other than a school. This might, for example, be in a local ranger service, a community learning and development project or indeed a placement abroad. You will have the opportunity to plan this yourself.

"I really enjoyed my placement and have taken so much from it. I feel far more confident in myself and as a student teacher. I now know what I am working towards in relation to the rest of the Programme and I feel it has been hugely beneficial for me."
1st year MA student

"School Placement in my first year has given me the opportunity to experience different situations which I believe has allowed me to grow more confident and realise my capability as I am able to reflect on just exactly what I need to do and what I can improve on in the future."
1st year MA student

Professional Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

Student Support

We currently have a 'Buddy System' in which students from other years team up with first year groups to help them settle into the campus and the programme.

The University's Welcome Week allows you to get to know the University, the School and each other before classes begin in earnest.

You will be assigned a personal tutor/Director of Studies, who will play a part in helping you to settle into the programme, the School, and student life.

The first module, Beginning Professional Study, provides students with an introduction to University study, and studying on the MA (Hons) Education Programme.

Who should study MA (Hons) Education?

Successful students are well-rounded, enthusiastic individuals who care about the individuals they work with, both children and adults.

To be successful on this programme it is expected that you will have particular current strengths in arithmetic, mathematics, reading and writing as these are key elements of a teacher’s job.  You should also be prepared to lead and support all aspects of the school curriculum.

This is a demanding programme in terms of time and effort, involving in-university work and placements, normally over a thirty-week academic year. In addition to classroom-based work, you will be expected to participate fully in drama, physical education and fieldwork, which is sometimes residential.

Ashley Bell is a mature student from Dundee. She says "In choosing this course, you have the chance to make a difference to children's lives and help shape their futures - an opportunity not to be wasted."

Degree Combinations

  • MA (Hons) Education - Dundee based
  • MA (Hons) Education - Athens based

Related Courses at Dundee

Teaching & Assessment

This degree course is based in the School of Education, Social Work and Community Education.

The MA (Hons) Education leads to a qualification to teach children from age 3 to age 12, (from nursery to the end of primary school). There are four major elements to the programme:

  • professional practice
  • subject-based academic electives
  • core curriculum content modules
  • electives related to learning and teaching in different curriculum areas

How you will be taught

The programme consists of 24 modules over four years. These are student-centred and contain workshops, lectures, seminars, tutorials, open-learning elements as well as practical experience in the classroom. The programme is delivered by university tutors who are experienced classroom teachers.

Professional Practice

Professional practice is gained through blocks of time, (between two and eleven weeks) throughout the four years, in primary schools with the option of undertaking experience in a nursery or secondary schools. In Level 2 you will have the opportunity to undertake a non-school based placement.

Modules from other subjects

You will have the exciting opportunity to choose modules from other subjects within the University thus enabling you to both broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of key areas of the Primary Curriculum. You may choose to focus on a range of subjects including mathematics, science, social subjects, or modern languages.

Alternatively you may wish to choose modules related to Social Work or Community Learning and Development to enable you to have a deeper understanding of inter-agency working. In addition you will study in some depth, aspects of educational studies including the history and philosophy of education together with developmental psychology.

Core curriculum content modules

The core curriculum content modules cover all subjects that are required to be taught in Scottish primary schools: languages and literacy; mathematics and numeracy; social studies; science, technologies; expressive arts; religious and moral education; health and wellbeing as well as pedagogical studies, which links together the practical and theoretical aspects of learning and teaching.

Curriculum-based learning and teaching electives

Curriculum-based learning and teaching electives provide an opportunity for students to create, from a range of offered subjects, their own choice of study. The electives help to develop a deeper understanding of learning and teaching approaches within the context of the eight areas of the Curriculum for Excellence:

  • language
  • mathematics
  • social studies
  • technologies
  • sciences
  • expressive arts
  • health and wellbeing
  • religious and moral education

What you will study

Typical Degree Programme

Level 1
  • Beginning Professional Study
  • Educational Studies: Introduction to Educational Studies
  • Pedagogical Studies (Middle and Upper stages)
  • Teaching Across the Primary Curriculum
  • Observation/Professional Practice (Primary 4-7)
  • An elective module from the wider university
Level 2
  • Educational Studies: Historical and Comparative Perspectives on Education
  • Discovering Languages
  • Discovering Mathematics
  • Interagency Working
  • Learning from Life (a placement with personal choice)
  • An elective module from the wider university
Level 3
  • Educational Studies: Childhood in Contemporary Society
  • Developing Effectiveness in Learning and Teaching
  • Research and the Teacher
  • Pedagogical Studies (Early Years)
  • Professional Practice (Primary 1-3)

A curriculum-based learning and teaching elective (one from the list below):

  • Language: Children's Texts
  • Mathematics
  • Scottish Studies
  • Expressive Arts
  • Technologies
  • Religious and Moral Education
  • Modern Languages
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Science
Level 4
  • Research and the Teacher (The Thesis) (Double Module)
  • Pedagogical Studies 3
  • Professional Practice (Choice of stages including either a nursery or secondary school element) (Double Module)

A curriculum-based learning and teaching elective (one from the list below):

  • Language: Children's Texts
  • Mathematics
  • Scottish Studies
  • Expressive Arts
  • Technologies
  • Religious and Moral Education
  • Modern Languages
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Science

How you will be assessed

A range of different methods is used to assess student progress including examinations, electronic portfolios and written assignments. Your teaching in the classroom will also be assessed on each Professional Practice by both University and school staff.

Careers

The number of students selected for Initial Teacher Education programmes in Scotland reflects anticipated national requirements, so employment prospects are good. Your employment prospects are increased further if you are willing to move out of your home area, to schools throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK. We work in partnership with Scottish Local Authorities and schools and our graduates are now working across the UK and even abroad.

The year following your graduation you will be given a guaranteed salaried induction post which enables you to develop further the skills, knowledge and understanding required for success in the classroom.

Eligibility for a salaried induction post is normally restricted to those students graduating from a Scottish Higher Education Institution with a Teaching Qualification, whose training has been publicly funded. This includes students from other parts of the UK and the EU, provided they have been assessed as eligible for Home Fees. This is regardless of how these fees are funded, i.e. through SAAS, Local Education Authorities, self-funded, Northern Ireland Education and Library Boards, etc. Students who pay overseas or full fees are not in publicly-funded places and are therefore not eligible to join the Scheme.

If you want to teach children with special needs, you have to qualify as a primary teacher first, then after some teaching experience you can study for an additional specialist qualification. Additional Support Needs and Inclusive Practice are, however, integral parts of our MA (Education) Hons programme.

Read 'A Day in the Life of a Primary Teacher' (on the GTCS website).

Postgraduate Study

Some graduates have continued their studies with us at postgraduate level, studying one of a range of education programmes on offer.

 

Entry Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements, please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.

Selection Notes

  1. Applicants under consideration will be invited to a selection process prior to offers being made. This allows us to assess whether you have the knowledge and suitability for primary teaching. It also gives you the opportunity to find out more about the course and its content. If your application reaches the selection process stage you will be given Advice Notes for Candidates which will allow you to prepare in advance.
  2. Applicants are expected to demonstrate knowledge of, and commitment to teaching, usually through work experience in a school setting.
  3. Applicants are also expected to be able to engage in drama, physical education, fieldwork and other physical aspects involved in the role of the teacher.
  4. PVG Scheme Disclosure Scotland Criminal Records check will be required, prior to acceptance./li>

Please note that the entry requirements in our printed prospectus may be subject to change. The entry requirements listed below are up to date and should be referred to in case of any discrepancy.

Courses starting September 2014

Level 1 entry

Qualification Grade
SQA Higher ABBB
GCE A-Level BBC
ILC Higher ABBB
IB Diploma 30 points (including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects English at B (SQA Higher, ILC Higher or IB Higher Level) or English Language and English Literature at B (GCSE)
Plus Mathematics at Standard Grade (grade 2), Intermediate 2 (grade B), GCSE (grade B), ILC Ordinary (grade B) or IB Subsidiary Level (grade 5).
EU & International Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
SQA A relevant HNC
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher with English at Higher C or above plus Mathematics at Standard Grade 2 or Intermediate 2 at B.
SWAP Access Programmes Relevant subjects with ABB grades to include English Literature/Language at SCQF Level 6 and Mathematics at Intermediate 2 grade C.
EDEXCEL A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DMM
Advanced Diploma Grade B with an A-Level in a literate subject at B. Plus English Language and Literature and Mathematics GCSE at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with BB at A-Level including one literate subject. Plus English Language and Literature and Mathematics GCSE at B
Essential Subjects English at B (SQA Higher, ILC Higher or IB Higher Level or equivalent) or English Language and English Literature at B (GCSE) plus Mathematics at Standard Grade (grade 2), Intermediate 2 (grade B), GCSE (grade B), ILC Ordinary (grade B) or IB Subsidiary Level (grade 5) or equivalent.
Relevant Access courses are considered individually.
Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website.

Courses starting September 2015

Level 1 entry

Qualification Grade
SQA Higher ABBB
GCE A-Level BBC
ILC Higher ABBB
IB Diploma 30 points (including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects English at B (SQA Higher, ILC Higher or IB Higher Level) or English Language and English Literature at B (GCSE)
Plus Mathematics at Standard Grade (grade 2), National 5/Intermediate 2 (grade B), GCSE (grade B), ILC Ordinary (grade B) or IB Subsidiary Level (grade 5).
EU & International Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
SQA A relevant HNC
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher with English at Higher C or above plus Mathematics at Standard Grade 2 or Intermediate 2 at C.
SWAP Access Programmes Relevant subjects with ABB grades to include English Literature/Language at SCQF Level 6 and Mathematics at Intermediate 2 grade C.
EDEXCEL A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DMM
Advanced Diploma Grade B with an A-Level in a literate subject at B. Plus English Language and Literature and Mathematics GCSE at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with BB at A-Level including one literate subject. Plus English Language and Literature and Mathematics GCSE at B
Essential Subjects English at B (SQA Higher, ILC Higher or IB Higher Level or equivalent) or English Language and English Literature at B (GCSE) plus Mathematics at Standard Grade (grade 2), Intermediate 2 (grade B), GCSE (grade B), ILC Ordinary (grade B) or IB Subsidiary Level (grade 5) or equivalent.
Relevant Access courses are considered individually.
Applicants with relevant qualifications and experience may be considered for advanced entry on an individual basis.
Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website.

English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes and Foundation Programme(s) which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 24 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer. The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 to 1.5 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

Fees and Funding

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

Fee category Fees for students starting September 2014
Scottish students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Students from the rest of the UK £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree.
You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
EU students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Overseas students (non-EU) £10,700 per year of study.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Fee category Scholarships & Bursaries applicable
Scottish students
Students from the rest of the UK
EU students
Overseas students (non-EU)

Living Costs

  • Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
  • Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
  • As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.

Your Application

All applications must be made through UCAS

UCAS Codes

Institution Code: D65

Degree
UCAS Codes
KIS data Date for equal consideration
of all applications
MA (Education) - Dundee
X120
View KIS data for this course 15 January
MA (Education) - Athens
X300
  30 April

UCAS Application Process


International Applicants

We have information specifically for international applicants on our International website:

Athens MA (Education) Programme

The MA (Hons) Education Programme is also delivered in Athens, in partnership with the Hellenic Assoication for Education. It offers significant, exciting opportunities for collaboration and internationalisation.

Approaches to learning, teaching and assessment are identical. The Programme is subject to the academic requirements of the University of Dundee and the professional requirements of the General Teaching Council for Scotland, and in addition, meets the requirements of the Greek Ministry of Education.

For more information, please visit the Hellenic Association for Education website.

What skills, qualities and experience do I need?

Since most of our applicants meet the academic requirements for entry, selection procedures also focus on non-academic aspects of the application. The selectors are particularly interested in the UCAS personal statements including evidence of non-academic personal achievement and voluntary work.

We would normally expect you to have some experience of working with children in a teaching capacity in a primary school - the longer and more varied that experience the better. Examples of the sort of experience that candidates often give are:

  • employment as a classroom assistant
  • work-experience during your secondary school years, preferably recent
  • experience of working with children in Guides, Scouts, or camps is also valuable but is insufficent without recent experience in a primary school.

It is important that students have an understanding of what primary teaching actually is before embarking upon the course.

Independent learning skills - As well as the university attendance, and assessed placement periods, you will also need to spend some time on assignments, reading and set activities. How much time you spend on this will depend on your experience, ability and commitment.

ICT skills (essential) - A knowledge of ICT, or a willingness to develop new ICT skills, is essential as this forms part of the primary curriculum. ICT inputs in the Programme focus more on pedagogy than basic skill development.

Recent study skills - You will need effective study skills to benefit from the course and would normally need to show that you have studied for a qualification in the last two years. If you've not been in education for a while it can be hard getting back into the discipline of studying, but we can advise you on suitable preparation. In particular, it is extremely important that you do some background reading on primary teaching.

Ability to work and study under pressure - As a MA Education student you are not only working towards an academic qualification but also towards gaining your teaching qualification and registration with GTCS. The amount of study time that is needed will vary from student to student but you will need to be able to balance the demands of studying with periods of placement. And hopefully retain a social life too!

You may already possess a number of these skills, but if not, we will help you to develop them throughout the course.

A breadth of other interests, hobbies, sports and pastimes that you can bring to your teaching is also of benefit.

The selection process

After an initial assessment by the selectors, applicants meeting the required entry criteria will be invited for an interview.  Interviews are held from January until March. 

Applicants who are successful in getting through to the interview stage will be invited to attend a series of selection activities/group interviews at the School of Education, Social Work and Community Education. 

The panel of selectors will look for:

  • confidence, enthusiasm, commitment and maturity
  • ability to communicate effectively
  • realistic understanding of the job
  • up-to-date knowledge of primary and nursery schools and experience with children or young people (in a primary school)
  • general knowledge of some current issues affecting primary/nursery education
  • the potential to work collaboratively

The majority of offers will be made soon after interview.  However some may not be made until March once all interviews have taken place.

Prior to final acceptance an enhanced PVG Scheme Disclosure Scotland check will also be conducted.

Any questions?

If you have any further questions about the application process, please contact:

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