Education (Secondary)

BA (Hons), BSc (Hons)


Introduction

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Where can I be challenged in my thinking and gain practical and hands-on experience that will allow me to qualify to teach in secondary schools? How can I best support effective learning? How can I ensure that all learners feel valued, safe and included?

Stirling has long been distinctive amongst Scottish universities in offering concurrent courses to prospective secondary school teachers. These degree courses enable you to gain a research-informed degree in Professional Education with an appropriate teaching subject (or subjects) for secondary in four years, rather than the traditional five.

These qualifications are recognised throughout the UK and the world. Successfully completing the course enables you to provisionally register in the appropriate sector with the General Teaching Council for Scotland and enter the Scottish probationary scheme.

Key information

  • UCAS: Combined degree only
  • Degree type: BA (Hons), BSc (Hons)
  • Study methods: Full-time, Part-time, Campus based
  • Duration: Four years
  • Start date: September Semester dates
  • Course Director: John I'Anson
  • School: School of Education, 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 Secondary Education degree with one of the combined specialisms, you will be demonstrating to future employers that you are a capable and qualified teacher, but also one who possesses specialist knowledge in an area other than teaching.
  4. Your placements take place in different schools covering age groups in both primary and secondary years. You will supported by school-based teachers and through tutor engagement.
  5. We work in close partnership with the Local Authorities, schools, Education Scotland and General Teaching Council for Scotland to ensure that students are supported throughout their studies to become effective professional educators.

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?

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers a concurrent degree path towards qualification as a teacher. This means that students study both pedagogy (the theory and practice 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 our model of teacher education be adopted by other providers in Scotland. The relatively small size of our programme may be considered another strength, as this enables the opportunity to establish close working and pastoral relationships with the students enrolled on our courses over the four years they are with us.

The Faculty 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.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

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Four-year Honours degree - except Physical Education

SQA Higher:
BBBB - one sitting.
ABBB - 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 (C)
  • GCSE English Language and English Literature (C)
  • 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 2.
  • National Qualifications in Mathematics at Intermediate level 2 – C or above.
  • GCSE Mathematics grade B or equivalent (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

Four-year Honours degree - Physical Education only

SQA Higher:
AABB - one sitting.
AAAB - 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 (C)
  • GCSE English Language and English Literature (C)
  • 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 2.
  • National Qualifications in Mathematics at Intermediate level 2 – C or above.
  • GCSE Mathematics grade B or equivalent (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

 

Other qualifications

HNC/HND:

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

Advanced entry
Not available.

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

Essential subjects:
As listed above or equivalent.

Additional information

General entrance requirements apply


Some subjects have additional requirements. Please consult the relevant subject page.

Entry to the professional programme is provisional until the end of Year 1 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 programme which permits adult returners to gain entry to various degree studies. The programmes 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 EDUU9E1 and EDUU9E2 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.

Physical Education

For Physical Education competence across a variety of physical activities should also be displayed (for example, games, dance, gymnastics, swimming). Selectors are likely to give particular consideration to applicants who have outdoor activity experience and/or who have experience in working with children at some level of responsibility (for example, playschemes, coaching).

Fees and finance

Fees 2016/7

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

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 usually follow eight semesters (four years) which leads to an Honours degree in the chosen teaching subject(s) and Professional Education. Alternatively, seven semesters (three and a half years) lead either to a General degree, or to a Bachelor's degree in Professional Education. General degree students may only be able to qualify in one teaching subject.

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 a range of core and advanced modules in Education which cover a range of teaching skills in your academic subjects (see subject listings).

You will undertake two school placements, each lasting two to five weeks in January, February and June between Semesters 3 and 4 and between Semesters 5 and 6. 

Semesters 7 – 8

In Semester 7, you have a school placement which is normally 10 weeks' duration, as well as supplementary taught classes. In the final semester, secondary students will undertake further study in their teaching subject as well as completing their Education Dissertation.

Delivery and assessment

The course is taught through seminars, lectures and workshops. Assessment is both formative and summative. School experience placements are supported by school-based teachers and through tutor engagement. There are no examinations in Education.

Modules

Year 1

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

Year 2

  • EDUU9E3 - Pedagogy I: The Nature of Learning and Teaching
  • EDUU9A0 - School Experience (placement)
  • EDUU9E4 - Pedagogy II: Differentiation, Assessment and Progression

Year 3

  • EDUU9E5 - Pedagogy Across the Curriculum
  • EDUU9AP - School Experience (placement)
  • EDUU9E6 - Differences and Identities
  • EDUU9T6 - Partnership: Theory and Practice

Year 4

  • EDUU9P/H7- Final Teaching Practice/Evaluation

Combined degrees

Professional Education (Secondary) can be studied with:
CourseUCAS Code
Biology CX11
Business Studies NX11
Business Studies/Computing Science NX21
Computing Science GX41
Computing Science/Mathematics GX91
English Studies QX31
English Studies/History QXHC
English Studies/Religion QXJ1
Environmental Geography FX81
French RX11
French and Spanish RXD1
History VX11
History/Politics LX21
History/Sociology VXD1
Mathematics GX11
Philosophy/Religion VX53
Religion VX61
Religion/History VXC1
Sports Studies, Physical Education and Professional Education CX61

Combined Degree Courses (Secondary)

Normally students following combined courses will study Education with two subjects. Students following Geography or History degree courses will normally qualify to teach Modern Studies as well. History, as a second teaching subject, is available to students whose main teaching subject is English or Religion. Modern Studies is only available as a second teaching subject for students following programmes in Geography or History. Please note: Physical Education is not available in combination with any other degree programme.

Related degrees

Education (Primary)

How do you provide an environment within which children feel safe and secure, and inspired to develop their potential? Are you keen to learn about the most effective methods of structuring learning and teaching opportunities? How do you manage behaviour effectively and ensure all children in the classroom feel valued and included? If you are interested in finding the answer to these questions, are passionate about teaching young children, and more, this course is for you.

Recommended reading

There will be a module reader in electronic format available via ‘Succeed’ (the University’s Virtual Learning Environment) at the start of your first Education module.

Modes of study

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

Students on the Geography or Biology course may have the opportunity to undertake a residential field trip.

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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

All students wishing to teach a modern language in schools must fulfil residence requirements in a country where that language is spoken. For most students, this means an additional year abroad between Semesters 4 and 5. French can be studied from Beginners' level for this purpose. Spanish can also be studied from Beginner's level as part of the French/Spanish combined degree.

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

Strengths

We pride ourself on our prominent position within Scottish Education, and work hard to maintain our cutting edge approach to developing new knowledge within the field, as well as feeding this new knowledge into our teaching programmes to enrich our core provision. 

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 Education has, at its head, a group of world-leading education 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 School of Education 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 Faculty.

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

Over the past several years we have noticed that the students and probationer teachers coming from Stirling University are better and better prepared for their role as teachers. You clearly have an excellent course with excellent lecturers in place. Please pass on my congratulations to all involved in the programme.

Depute Headteacher Pupil Support, Alloa Academy

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