Education Placements and Employability

Find out more about our placements below:

Careers and employability

When studying with on one of our Education programmes within the Faculty of Social Sciences, we ensure our courses prepare you for a successful career in the education sector. As a research-led centre for excellence, we are recognised for our high quality and innovation in teaching and research. Many of the teaching staff are leaders in their research field, and thus, are able to offer you the latest programmes that address the challenges of professional work. We work with a number of practitioners and education bodies to embed an effective employability practice within our curriculum.

1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for graduate employability, with almost 97% of our graduates in employment or further study within six months of graduating (HESA 2016)

In the latest data supplied by UNISTATS, Undergraduate courses in both Primary and Secondary Education had a level of 99% of graduates employed, or within further study, within six months of graduating.

Students graduating at undergraduate level become probationary teachers and are guaranteed a one-year training post immediately after graduating as part of the General Teaching Council Scotland’s, Teacher Induction Scheme. The scheme is not compulsory but is an advantageous option to develop your teaching skills.

Catriona Marwick

"I felt valued as a student at the University and both challenged and supported. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the knowledge and skills that was shared with us."

Catriona Marwick BA Professional Education (Primary) with Modern Languages

Placement opportunities

All our undergraduate courses and some postgraduate courses offer you the opportunity to get a taste of what it is like to be an educator. We work with Schools and colleges throughout Scotland covering all different age groups from early years to adult education, and specialisms relevant to our degree offerings. Students can go out on placement in any of the 32 Scottish local authorities dependent on where they will be living at the time of the placement.

Studying abroad is an option, and in some cases, a highly advisable step. Advisors are available to assist you in finding a placement opportunity abroad, or the option of studying abroad for a semester or year with one of our exchange partners across the world. 

Bethan Mitchell- Master of Research

"For my Masters in Research Methods I enjoyed the placement most. It was an excellent opportunity to go into the workplace specifically to conduct research."

Bethan Mitchell, MRes Educational Research

Students studying the TQFE Pre-service programme at undergraduate or postgraduate level have the opportunity to gain work-based experience in one of Scotlands colleges. We have previously worked with the following placement partners:

Ayrshire College, Borders College, City of Glasgow College, Dumfries and Galloway College, Dundee and Angus College, Edinburgh College, Fife College, Forth Valley College, Glasgow Clyde College, Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow School of Art, Leith School of Art, New College Lanarkshire, Newbattle Abbey College, North East Scotland College, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scotland's Rural University College, South Lanarkshire College, UHI Inverness College, West College Scotland and West Lothian College.

"The TQFE programme offers students the ability to walk the walk and talk the talk."

David McShane, TQFE Employer

Careers support

We work with the Careers Development Centre who can offer practical career plan development, through advice on career education, guidance and information. This service is a valuable option for those at undergraduate and postgraduate level and as a graduate you can continue to access all the support, advice and events throughout your career. Whether you are looking for that first step in your chosen career or want to make changes to your current employment situation, they are there to help you. 


Lauren Ferguson (BA HRM)

"As a Stirling Student, undergraduate or postgraduate, your degree will give you an advantage in the graduate job market."

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