Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

MA Primary Education with Gaelic (Fluent Speakers)

UCAS code: 3T59

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Education, The Moray House School of

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Accreditation
Placements

Introducing MA Primary Education with Gaelic (Fluent Speakers)

The MA (Hons) Primary Education with Gaelic programme aims to support you to become a Gaelic-medium educator who will develop professional values of trust, respect, integrity and a commitment to the principles of social justice.

Based in the Moray House School of Education, you will have the opportunity to develop a deep knowledge and understanding of learning, of children as individual learners, and of the pedagogies associated with the primary curriculum.

Through extended and sustained professional practice in both Gaelic-medium and English-medium primary schools, you will develop professional expertise, knowledge of the curriculum in action and a critical understanding of the complexities of school and community.

Additionally, the MA (Hons) in Primary Education with Gaelic (fluent speakers) provides you with the opportunity to study courses in Celtic (School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures) and in psychology (School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences), exposing you to internationally-renowned expertise in these subject areas.

Graduates of the programme are able to teach in Gaelic-medium or English-medium primary education.

Accreditation

The MA (Hons) Primary Education with Gaelic (fluent speakers) programme is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). Upon graduation, all Scottish/EU and Rest of UK students are able to register with the GTCS as provisionally qualified teachers and guaranteed a one-year induction post in a Scottish school.

Year 1

You will study 40 credits each of primary studies, educational studies and Gaelic. Primary education courses include placements in schools.

Year 2

You will study 40 credits each of primary studies, Gaelic and linguistics. Primary education courses include placements in schools.

Year 3

You will undertake a year-long school placement which includes extensive experience of both Gaelic-medium and English-medium primary education.

You will experience a range of school stages and will develop professional skills and abilities to prepare for your induction year. You will also study 20 credits each of primary studies and Education and Gaelic in Scotland during the year, coming back in to the University on specific weeks for classes.

Year 4

You will study primary studies, educational studies (including a dissertation) and Theory and Pedagogy of Immersion and Bilingual Education.

You will select an option from a suite of courses within the School of Education. Primary education courses include placements in schools.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2017/18)

Our facilities

Most of the teaching will take place at Moray House School of Education, located at the Holyrood Campus within the University's Central Area.

You will also have access to the University's libraries and computing facilities.

Placements

You will engage in placements – professional experience and practice – throughout your programme. In Year 3 you will undertake a year-long professional experience and practice placement which includes extended experience in both Gaelic-medium and English-medium primary education settings.

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, independent small-group activity and the use of e-learning and virtual learning environments.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of methods including exams, essays, portfolios and student presentations. You will be assessed by school staff and University tutors while on school placements.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2017/18)

MA (Hons) Primary Education with Gaelic (Fluent Speakers) graduates typically go on to teach in Gaelic-medium or English-medium primary schools. Further qualifications can be gained through part-time postgraduate study for those who wish to enhance their knowledge of teaching and learning and/or pursue leadership roles.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AABB.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 36 points (grades 665 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. Higher English required (if English at Grade C, then Mathematics at Grade B expected). Higher Scottish Gaelic or Scottish Gàidhlig preferred. National 5: Mathematics at Grade B and Gàidhlig at Grade A (if not at Higher). For alternative acceptable Mathematics qualifications please contact the Admissions Office.
  • A Levels: ABB including English or Mathematics. GCSEs: Mathematics at Grade B or 6, English Language and English Literature, both at Grade C or 4. Additional requirement: Gaelic or Gàidhlig at SQA Higher B (preferred) or Gàidhlig National 5 Grade A.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects including English. SL: Mathematics at Grade 5. Additional requirement: Gaelic or Gàidhlig at SQA Higher B (preferred) or Gàidhlig National 5 at A. Standard Level Maths Studies is not accepted for this programme.

Additional requirements

It is important that applicants for teacher education programmes show commitment, motivation and suitability for their programme and the profession.

This can be demonstrated in your personal statement by reflecting on relevant work experience, and explaining your understanding of the teacher’s role.

For more guidance please see the school website.

Moray House School of Education

Interviews

Admission to this programme includes an interview process. Further details on the process will be sent to candidates shortlisted for interview.

Fitness to practice

There is fitness to practice guidance for people who wish to become teachers, we strongly advise you to make yourself aware of this before you apply. Please consult the Higher Educational Occupational Physicians/Practitioners (HEOPS) website for fitness to practice guidelines for this programme.

HEOPS

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

Protecting Vulnerable Groups

All successful applicants will be required to join Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme before starting the programme. In addition, all applicants who don't live in the UK, or who have spent more than a year abroad, will need to provide equivalent verification from the relevant national authority.

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Primary Education with Gaelic (Fluent Speakers)

Additional costs

All successful applicants will be required to join Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme with the University of Edinburgh as the Registered Body. You must cover the cost of joining the PVG Scheme, which is currently between £18 and £59.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding