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Pastoral Care, Guidance and Pupil Support (MEd)

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Pastoral care is important to all teaching but being able to learn, evaluate and critically assess best practice is a real skill which can enhance your professional practice and lead you to explore newer areas of guidance and support.

To help you stay in the classroom this programme is offered online to enable you to work and study flexibly from anywhere in Scotland or internationally as this programme is also relevant in other countries. If you work in any context where a relationship is required to support an individual in learning. You are able to apply your learning directly into your teaching and widening participation in the classroom where you can positively affect the life opportunities of the next generation.

You develop your skills in pastoral care in order to support young people in their educational workplace setting or other appropriate agency. This postgraduate programme is open to all professionals who have a caring role with young people. It aims to provide a response to 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. 

Graduates of this programme have enriched their learning and application and some have benefited from promotion. We are able to offer you teaching lead research directly from our three broad interrelated themes of 'Communities and Partnerships,' 'Professional Learning and Teaching Education,' and 'Pedagogy and Innovation.' We also work in interdisciplinary research such as 'Pathways to a Healthy Life' and 'The North and the Environment.'

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Courses listed for the programme

Compulsory Courses

Semester 1 

Choose from one guidance and one counselling module plus:

  • Care and Support in Action (Distance Learning)
  • Managing Personal Support in Schools
  • Counselling and Mentoring Approaches in Educational Settings
  • Critical Approaches to Academic Literature
  • Research Methods
  • Work - Based Project / Dissertation


  • Personal and Social Development, Health and Wellbeing
  • Curriculum, Careers Guidance and Education for Enterprise

Semester 2

  • Critical Approaches to Academic Literature
  • Research Methods


  • Personal and Social Development, Health and Wellbeing or Curriculum, Careers Guidance for Education for Enterprise

Semester 3

  • Dissertation

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You study a programme which is unique to Aberdeen as few other universities offer anything similar
  • The qualification can be applied immediately whilst you are learning within the classroom
  • The programme is accredited by University of Aberdeen and open to professionals in teaching, FE, Health, Social Work and Community Education

Where you study

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.


View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

Entry Requirements and Study Support

Aberdeen Online Facilities

Related Degrees

Visit the Pastoral Care, Guidance and Pupil Support (MEd) page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!





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