Education (Primary)

BA (Hons), BSc (Hons)


Introduction

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How do you provide an environment within which children feel safe and secure, and can develop their potential? How can I be challenged to develop my understanding of education? What are the best methods of structuring learning and teaching opportunities? How do you manage behaviour effectively and ensure all children in the classroom are included?

Stirling has long been distinctive amongst Scottish universities in offering concurrent courses to prospective primary school teachers. These degree courses enable you to graduate with both a degree and teaching qualification for primary education, whilst studying a subject at university level.

Another distinctive feature is you will become a specialist in one of the three areas' Modern Languages, the Environment or Early Years. Primary school teachers with this specialist knowledge have recently become highly sought-after.

Our concurrent degrees in primary education  will appeal to students who wish to become more than a generic primary school teacher.  The primary education degree will suit those who wish to  study primary education alongside a specific subject or specialism (modern language, environmental science or early years). This means that primary education students will take the appropriate subject modules alongside education modules for the first five semesters of their programme.  In the remaining three semesters of the degree students will study modules within education which draw upon their subject specialism. 

Key information

EU Applicants
EU students who have applied or who have been made an offer to study at the University of Stirling in 2016 (or 2017 deferred entry) are unaffected by the outcome of the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.

Those who are considering applying to the University for 2017 entry are encouraged to do so in the usual way, and we will keep all applicants informed as relevant details emerge.

  • UCAS: XR18; XC11; XX13
  • Degree type: BA (Hons), BSc (Hons)
  • Study methods: Campus based, Full-time, Part-time
  • Duration: Four years
  • Start date: September Semester dates
  • Course Director: Dr Sandra Eady
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Location: Stirling Campus
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  1. Our concurrent model of teaching allows you to develop gradually as a teacher through theory and practice over four years as opposed to a traditional route of a one-year course. We were the first University to use this approach to teacher training and recently the Scottish Government has recommended to all other Scottish universities that they should use our model
  2. Teacher Fellows seconded from local schools, use their experiences to help you learn the very latest in teacher practice. They will be able to give you all the hints and tips that you will need once you are a qualified teacher.
  3. By choosing our Primary Education degree with one of three specialisms, you will be demonstrating to future employers that you are a capable and qualified teacher, but also one who possesses specialist knowledge in a particular aspect of primary education; Early Years, Modern Languages, or The Environment.
  4. Your placements take place in different schools covering age groups in both primary and secondary years
  5. This Primary Education degree, although challenging, is designed to also be thought provoking and enjoyable. Our lectures, seminars, and practical training are lively arenas for discussion and practice, allowing for you to learn and have fun whilst doing so.

Accreditation

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Recently Re-Accredited by General Teaching Council of Scotland with 7 commendations - that include being student-centred and the high quality of our researched informed approaches.

What makes us different?

We offer a concurrent degree path towards qualification as a teacher. This means that students study both pedagogy (the craft and practices of teaching) and their subject specialism(s) in tandem, one frequently informing and enriching the other. Stirling has offered such a route for over 40 years, and our confidence in this process is reflected in, and validated by, the recommendation of the Donaldson Report into Teacher Education in Scotland that the model used by us should be propagated and adopted by the other providers of teacher education in Scotland. Our size may be considered another strength, as we believe that we get the opportunity to establish close working and pastoral relationships with the students enrolled on our courses over the four years they are with us.

We work in close partnership with the Local Authorities, schools, Education Scotland and the General Teaching Council for Scotland to ensure that students are supported throughout their studies to become effective professional educators.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Four-year Honours degree Year 1

SQA Higher
ABBB - one sitting.
AABB - two sittings.

GCE A-level:
BBB

IB Diploma:
32 points


BTEC (Level 3):
DDM


Essential subjects:

The GTC requires all students to have the following English and Mathematics requirements: 

English:

  • Higher English (B)
  • GCSE English Language and English Literature (B) or Level 6
  • Communications 4 (Higher) and Literature 1

Mathematics:

Mathematics requirements (SCQF level 5) one of the following:

  • National 5 Maths (B)
  • National 5 Lifeskills Maths (B)
  • Standard Grade award in Mathematics at grade 1 or 2.
  • National Qualifications in Mathematics at Intermediate level 2 – C or above.
  • GCSE Mathematics grade B or Level 6 and above (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

There are also additional requirements for each specialism: 

Early Years - to include an SQA Higher (B), A-level (B) or equivalent in Biology, Chemistry, French, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sociology or Spanish.

Environment - to include an SQA Higher (B), A-level (B) or equivalent in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, Mathematics or Physics.

Modern Languages - to include an SQA Higher (B), A-level (B) or equivalent in one of French or Spanish.

Other qualifications

HNC/HND:

Minimum entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.

Advanced entry
Not possible

Access courses:
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

Essential subjects:
As listed above.

Additional information

General entrance requirements apply

Entry to the professional programme is provisional until the end of year one and subject to interview, a criminal record PVG check and successfully passing all first year modules. If you have a criminal record you should contact the Head of Admissions in confidence to discuss entry to this course.

If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

More information on our English language requirements

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Alternative routes

The University currently has an Access Course which permits adult returners to gain entry to various degree studies. The courses offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences are open to applicants who wish to gain entry through this route, and a proportion of our intake is set aside for this.  Due to the nature of the degree, and the requirement to have completed modules EDU9E1 and EDU9E2 before progressing onto Year 2 of study, direct access to Year 2 would necessitate a candidate having gained appropriate experience/qualifications elsewhere, generally in a higher education setting.

Application procedure

Entry to this degree is highly competitive. Applications received after 15 January will not normally be considered.

Please note that the main focus of this course is on teaching children and you should be able to demonstrate an aptitude for this.

Fees and costs

Fees 2016/7

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Professional Education (Primary) with specialism in The Environment
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Professional Education (Primary) with specialism in Modern Language
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Professional Education (Primary) with specialism in Early Years  
Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,555.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years

 

Fees 2017/8

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Professional Education (Primary) with specialism in The Environment
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Professional Education (Primary) with specialism in Modern Language
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Professional Education (Primary) with specialism in Early Years 
Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,845.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years

 

Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.

You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

You will follow a course of eight semesters (four years). This will lead to an Honours degree in Professional Education (Primary). During five semesters you will study modules in either Environmental Science/Geography or Modern Languages or Psychology, Social Work, Social Sciences and Nursing

Semesters 1 – 2

You will take the following core modules:

  • Education: Purposes, Principles and Practice
  • Education: Learning and Teaching

Semesters 3 – 6

You will take core modules in Education that cover a range of teaching skills, and advanced modules in your academic subjects (see subject listings for Environmental Science/Geography, Modern Languages, Social Work, Social Sciences and Nursing). In addition, you will study specialised primary modules in literacy, numeracy and your chosen specialism (Environmental Science, Modern Languages or Early Years).

You will undertake two school placements in January, February and April between Semesters 3 and 4 (nursery and early years) and between Semesters 5 and 6 (middle stages).

Semesters 7 – 8

In Semester 7, you have a school placement of 10 weeks' duration, as well as supplementary taught classes. In the final semester you will undertake an educational research project linked to your final school placement. Plus another module which will focus on an aspect of teaching either Early Years, Languages or Environmental Science within a primary school setting.

Delivery and assessment

The courses are taught through seminars, lectures and workshops. Assessment is by continuous assessment. School experience placements are supported by school-based teachers and through tutor engagement.

Modules

Year 1

  • EDUU9E1 –  Education: Purposes, Principles, Practice
  • EDUU9E2 – Education: Learning and Teaching

Year 2

  • EDUU9E3 – Pedagogy I: The Nature of Learning and Teaching
  • EDUU9P3 - Literacy and Numeracy in the Early Years - moving to first level
  • EDUU9AO – School Experience (Placement)
  • EDUU9E4 –Pedagogy II: Differentiation, Assessment and Progression

Year 3

  • EDUU9P5 - Literacy and Numeracy in the Early Years - moving to upper level
  • EDUU9AP – School Experience (Placement)
  • EDUU9E6 – Differences and Identities

Students will only take one of the following modules:

  • EDUU9S6 - Primary Pedagogy III - Environmental science in the primary school
  • EDUU9M6 - Primary Pedagogy III - Modern languages in the primary school
  • EDUU9X6 - Primary Pedagogy III - Early years teaching

Year 4

  • EDUU9P/H7- Professional Enquiry Dissertation
  • EDUU9P8 - Primary Pedagogy IV: Planning an Educational Enquiry

Related degrees

Education (Secondary)

The opportunity to work with young adults to help them fulfil their potential must surely rank as one of the most important and influential roles anyone can take up as a career. What are the complex processes that underpin both learning and teaching within classrooms and other ‘learning spaces’? How can we use expert knowledge and developed experience of these processes to maximise the quality of education experienced by all our young people?

Choosing to study Secondary Education at Stirling will involve exploring these and other core pedagogical beliefs, issues and practices and lead to one of the most rewarding and challenging career choices available to any graduate.

Modes of study

Full time (three modules per semester). You can study part-time (one or two modules per semester) in the early stages. Teaching placements cannot be part-time.

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Why Stirling?

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REF2014

In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Rating

Currently, Education studies ranks as:

  • 1st in Scotland and 9th in the UK, The Guardian University Guide, 2017
  • 12th in the UK, The Independent Complete University Guide, 2017
  • 9th in the UK, The Times Good University Guide, 2016

Displaying our commitment to achieve a high level of; Satisfaction with Course, Satisfaction with teaching, Satisfaction with Assessment Feedback, Student/ Staff Ratio, Value Added, Career after 6 months, and research in Education. In the most recent study by QS, staff from the University of Stirling received 5 out of 5-star rating for teaching.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, our Educational research had the highest quality of research outputs of any Scottish university, with 100% rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.

Study abroad opportunities

Students undertaking BA (Hons) Professional Education (Primary) with specialism in Modern Languages are strongly encouraged to undertake an non-assessed optional work placement abroad for one year between Semesters 4 and 5 to improve upon their language skills.

You have the opportunity to study abroad  through Stirling's well-established connections with several international universities.

Strengths

The School prides itself on its prominent position within Scottish Education and works hard to maintain its cutting edge approach to developing new knowledge within the field, as well as feeding this new knowledge into our teaching courses to enrich our core provision.

Our teaching is informed by the research undertaken by its staff, and this permeates the Initial Teacher Education courses offered by the School.

We work in close partnership with the Local Authorities, schools, Education Scotland and GTCS to ensure that students are supported throughout their studies to become effective professional educators.

Academic strengths

The Faculty of Social Sciences has at its head a group of world-leading academics, with strong and established research records, and a wealth of world-class publications ranging from Adult Education to Inclusion. These academics, in turn, lead successful research groups within the Faculty of Social Sciences which are all engaged in knowledge acquisition and exchange. Our teaching is thus informed by the research undertaken by its staff, and this permeates the Initial Teacher Education courses offered by the School.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

The great majority of our graduates enter the Scottish Government’s Probationary Teacher Scheme, which entitles them to guaranteed employment for one year as a newly qualified teacher in a Scottish Local Authority school.  Of course, your degree and teaching qualification will qualify you to enter into a wide variety of other professional roles, such as corporate training and development, museum and leisure education, as well as other career routes less closely allied to teaching.

Success stories

99% of Education students at Stirling are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (UNISTATS) 2015 update.

The great majority of our graduates enter the Scottish Government’s Probationary Teacher Scheme, which entitles them to guarantee employment for one year as a newly qualified teacher in a Scottish Local Authority school. Of course, your degree and teaching qualification will qualify you to enter into a wide variety of other professional roles, such as corporate training and development, museum and leisure education, as well as other career routes less closely allied to teaching.

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