Education (Secondary)

BA (Hons), BSc (Hons)


Introduction

1st in Scotland for Education studies

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7th in the UK for Education studies

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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

EU Applicants
The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2017 and 2018 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. EU students will also be eligible for tuition fee support from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

  • UCAS: Combined degree only
  • Qualification: BA (Hons), BSc (Hons)
  • Study methods: Full-time, Part-time, Campus based
  • Duration: Four years
  • Start date: September
  • Faculty: 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.

  2. Teacher Fellows seconded from local schools use their experiences to help you learn the very latest in teaching 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 seven 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.

  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, which include being student-centred and the high quality of our researched informed approaches.

What makes us different?

Why study Secondary Education at Stirling?

Develop gradually as a teacher

Our concurrent model of teaching allows you to develop gradually as a teacher with a longer period to reflect on the integration of theory and practice over four years, as opposed to a traditional route of a one-year course.

Gain practical experience

Teacher Fellows seconded from local schools, use their experiences to help you learn the very latest in teacher practice and will provide invaluable advice that you can utilise once you are a qualified teacher.

Set yourself apart

By choosing our Secondary Education degree in one of the listed subjects, you will be demonstrating to future employers that you are a capable and qualified teacher of your subject.

World-class library and teaching facilities

Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Some subjects have additional requirements. Please see below.

Four-year Honours degree (except Physical Education)

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 2.
  • National Qualifications in Mathematics at Intermediate level 2 – C or above.
  • GCSE Mathematics grade B  or Level 6 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

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.

Physical Education

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 (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 2.
  • National Qualifications in Mathematics at Intermediate level 2 – C or above.
  • GCSE Mathematics grade B or Level 6 or equivalent (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

BSc (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary) and Chemistry

Joint course with Heriot Watt University and the University of Stirling.

Scottish Highers: ABBB in one sitting or AABB in two sittings. HNC/D: Minimum of B’s in graded units. A-Levels BBB.

Access courses and other UK/EU qualifications welcome

Higher Chemistry or equivalent and 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).

BSc (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary) and Physics

Joint course with Heriot Watt University and the University of Stirling.

Scottish Highers: ABBB in one sitting or AABB in two sittings. HNC/D: Minimum of B’s in graded units. A-Levels BBB.

Access courses and other UK/EU qualifications welcome

Applicants should have Higher Physics or equivalent and 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).

BSc (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary) with Engineering Technologies

Joint course with Heriot Watt University and the University of Stirling.

Scottish Highers: ABBB in one sitting or AABB in two sittings. HNC/D: Minimum of B’s in graded units A-Levels BBB

Access courses and other UK/EU qualifications welcome

Applicants must have Higher Maths and Higher Physics or Higher Engineering Technologies and 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).

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 costs

Fees 2017/8

Overseas students (non-EU) £11,845.00
Scottish and EU students £1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750.00 per year for a maximum of 4 years

Fees 2018/9

Overseas students (non-EU) £12,140.00
Scottish and EU students £1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £9250 – with a generous package of scholarship options

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for overseas undergraduates will be held at the level upon entry.

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.

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Cost of Living

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Payment options

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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.

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
*Chemistry (in collaboration with Edinburgh Heriot-Watt University) F1X3
*Physics (in collaboration with Edinburgh Heriot-Watt University) F3X3
*Engineering Technologies  F5X3 

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.

*Chemistry, Engineering Technologies or Physics in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University

The University of Stirling and Edinburgh Heriot-Watt University offers a collaborative programme in BSc (Hons) Engineering Technologies, Physics or Chemistry and Professional Education. Students on these programmes follow the same Professional Education path as others at Stirling but attend lectures, and seminars/workshops relevant to Engineering Technology, Chemistry or Physics at Heriot-Watt's campus. This is an ideal option for students with aspirations of becoming either an Engineering Technology, Chemistry or Physics Secondary School Teacher.

All programmes cover important topics in their separate fields, teach a broad range of theoretical and practical skills and make use of the cutting-edge facilities on offer at Heriot-Watt.

The BSc (Hons) in Engineering Technology and Professional Education is a 4-year programme of study that is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in Engineering Technology teaching at the secondary school level. In collaboration with Heriot-Watt University, the programme combines core elements of Engineering Technology, covering the main themes of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, design, Programming and Robotics alongside participation in our full Initial Teacher Education programme.

The BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and Professional Education is a 4-year programme of study that is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in Chemistry teaching at the secondary school level. In collaboration with Heriot-Watt University, the programme combines core elements of Chemistry, covering the main themes of Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, experimental skills and communication skills, alongside participation in our full Initial Teacher Education programme.

The BSc (Hons) in Physics and Professional Education is a 4-year programme of study that is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in Physics teaching at the secondary school level. In collaboration with Heriot-Watt University, the programme combines core elements of Physics, covering subjects such as dynamics, electromagnetic fields and optics, the quantum world of subatomic particles, alongside participation in our full Initial Teacher Education programme.

All of the above programmes of study work in the same way as other combined degrees at the University of Stirling: on graduation and successful completion of the ITE programme students are able to commence their induction year in schools and register with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

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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.

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.

Find out more

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Example timetable

The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

Semester

Education Modules

Credit

1 - Autumn

Education: Purposes, Principles, Practice.

Plus two other modules

20 credits per module

2 - Spring

Education: Learning and Teaching.

Plus two other modules

20 credits per module

3 - Autumn

Pedagogy I: The Nature of Learning and Teaching

Plus two Specialism subject modules  

20 credits per module

4 - Spring

Pedagogy II: Differentiation, Assessment and Progression, plus two Specialism subject modules  

20 credits per module

May/June

4 weeks of school experience placement (April/May)

GTCS requirement

5 - Autumn

Developing pedagogy across the curriculum.

 

Plus three Specialism subject modules.

10 credits

 

20 credits per module

6 - Spring

5 weeks of school experience (Jan/Feb)

 

Differences and Identities (includes Extension placement of 5 days in schools)

 

Partnership: Theory and Practice

(mandatory for GTCS)

 

40 credits

 

20 credits

7 - Autumn

10 weeks of school experience (8 weeks upper stages, 2 weeks specialism).

Dissertation (Hons)

  20 credits

8 Spring

Dissertation (Hons).

Literature review related to specialism

60 credits

40 credits

Why Stirling?

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Rating

Currently, Education Studies ranks as:

  • 1st in Scotland and 12th in the UK (The Guardian University Guide, 2018) 
  • 7th in the UK (The Complete University Guide, 2018)
  • 5th in the UK (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2017)

Displaying our commitment to achieving a high level of Satisfaction with Course, teaching, 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 residency 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 ourselves 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.

 

Our staff

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, 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, educational psychology, translation or media, 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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