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Pastoral Care, Guidance and Pupil Support

36 months
2190 GBP/year
750 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Pastoral Care, Guidance and Pupil Support programme of the University of Aberdeen aims to develop knowledge and skills in the field of support and pastoral care. All participants are expected to have some practical experience to offer and have the opportunity to be involved in aspects of supporting young people in their educational workplace setting or other appropriate agency.


At a Glance

The Pastoral Care, Guidance and Pupil Support programme of the University of Aberdeen is open to all professionals who have a caring role with young people.

It meets the continuing professional development needs of those who wish to extend their skills and knowledge into new areas of guidance, care and support which pertain within their establishment, but in particular, within an educational setting.

The general aims of the programme are to extend the skills, knowledge and understanding of the participants in the following ways:

  • critical evaluation and application of advanced professional knowledge and understanding;
  • commitment to critical self-evaluation and development;
  • enhanced and highly effective professional performance;
  • personal and professional commitment to an extended professional role and wider professional vision;
  • advocacy of change and professional action aimed at the development and improvement of practice;
  • development of professional values and knowledge through reflective and evidence-based practice;
  • working with others to bring about change and improvement to practice;
  • bridging theory and practice and critically applying and challenging research findings.

In addition, each module has specific aims relevant to the content covered.


Qualifications gained by successful candidates often leads to enhanced promotional prospects in the candidates work place setting.

Career Opportunities

  • Depute Head Teacher
  • Faculty Head
  • Guidance Teacher
  • Head Teacher

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Care and Support in Action
  • Managing Personal Support in Schools
  • Counselling and Mentoring Approaches in Educational Settings
  • Critical Approaches to Academic Literature
  • Personal and Social Development, Health and Wellbeing

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Deadlines for applicants not requiring a Visa applying for postgraduate taught degrees starting in January will be confirmed shortly.


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

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  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Entry requirements for this programme as with other PGT programmes is an honours degree at 2:2 or above from a recognised university or body
  • In exceptional circumstances applicants without this qualification may be admitted at the discretion of the Programme Director subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of experience, appropriate to the field of study
  • English Language Requirements
  • A degree certificate showing your qualifications
  • A full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
  • A detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
  • Two reference letters, one of which should be from your university discussing your academic ability

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2190 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2190 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 750 GBP per year during 36 months.


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