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University of Aberdeen: Pastoral Care, Guidance & Pupil Support

Institution University of Aberdeen View institution profile
Department School of Education
Telephone 01224 274776
Study type Taught


This online programme 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. This postgraduate programme 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.


University of Aberdeen


The University of Aberdeen is Scotland’s third oldest university and the fifth  oldest in the UK. Founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495, the beautiful campus attracts a diverse international community of over 14,000 students  from over  130 countries.

The University of Aberdeen is ranked as a Top 20 UK university by the Guardian University Guide 2024 and Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024, and ranks among the best 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023). It also ranks second across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for student satisfaction in The …

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