BA (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary, Chemistry or Physics)

Develop as a teacher and learn to teach chemistry or physics at secondary school level.

Professional Education (Secondary, Chemistry or Physics)

Key facts

  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Start date September 2023
  • Duration 48 months
  • Mode of study full time
  • Delivery on campus
  • UCAS Code CXF1, PXF1

Overview

Do you want to be a science teacher? The University of Stirling and Forth Valley College have teamed up to offer secondary education courses in chemistry or physics teaching.

You could become a science teacher and inspire the next generation of young scientists. 

Our science education courses include: 

  • BA (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary, Chemistry) UCAS code CXF1
  • BA (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary, Physics) UCAS code PXF1

These courses offer a unique opportunity to become a GTCS registered physics or chemistry teacher in Scotland using a 2+2 model. The 2+2 label refers to a structure which includes 2 years of study to HND level and a subsequent 2 years of study to degree level.

Our college partner is Forth Valley College, but it is also possible to join year 3 of the programme from another college.

Top reasons to study with us

Professional accreditation

We’re accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), which means that you can apply for provisional registration as a secondary teacher as soon as you graduate.

Entry requirements

Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

  • 3 National 5s to include Mathematics and 2 science subjects
  • 2 Highers (grade C)  to include a science subject and Higher English or equivalent

International entry requirements

Additional information

General entrance requirements apply

If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

How to apply

To apply for a full-time undergraduate degree, you should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply for up to five courses on your application.

Direct applications

If you would like to apply only for this integrated degree course, you can use our direct application form (instead of completing a UCAS application for multiple course choices). Email admissions@stir.ac.uk with the name of the course you want to apply for, and we will send you a link to the direct application form. We can also help you to complete the form if you need.

If you would like further information or guidance, please contact Forth Valley College’s University Partnership Officer, Lisa Baxter at lisa.baxter@forthvalley.ac.uk.

Other routes of entry

For year 3 entry (available from 2023 onward):

  • Higher English (pass) or equivalent e.g. both GCSE English Language and English Literature, or Communications 4 and Literature 1
  • Mathematics National 5 (pass), or equivalent e.g. Intermediate 2, Standard Grade, GCSE, or equivalent.
  • For Chemistry: at least 80 SCQF credits in Chemistry, including 40 at SCQF Level 7 and 40 at SCQF Level 8 (HND) or above
  • For Physics: at least 80 SCQF credits in Physics, including 40 at SCQF Level 7 and 40 at SCQF Level 8 (HND) or above

You will also need:

  • A sound rationale for wanting to teach the subject/specialism you have chosen
  • English language - IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 minimum in each band)

We work mainly with Forth Valley College, but students who have earned their qualifications at other colleges are also welcome to apply.

Find out more about entry requirements.

English language requirements

For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

Pre-sessional English language courses

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.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

Course details

Our BA (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary) with Chemistry and BA (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary) Physics courses are taught in collaboration with Forth Valley College. You will spend two years at college studying modules from HND Applied Sciences or HND Applied Chemical Sciences before participating in two years of initial teacher education at the University of Stirling, alongside student teachers.

These courses are designed for students who want to teach chemistry or physics at secondary school level. They also include school placements, so you can develop your confidence and gain experience in a classroom environment. 

The first two years of your course will be delivered at Forth Valley College, where you will earn an HND in Science (with sufficient credits in Physics or Chemistry). 

From year three onward you will study the following modules at the University of Stirling:

Year 3, Semester 1

  • Introduction to Education: Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology
  • Teaching your STEM subject 1
  • Literacies for the 21st Century 1

Year 3, Semester 2

  • Introduction to Education: Politics, Policy and Practice
  • Teaching your STEM subject 2
  • Literacies for the 21st Century 2

Year 4, Semester 1

  • Education studies
  • Subject teaching in the 21st Century
  • Professional enquiry
  • Placement 1

Year 4, Semester 2

  • Education studies (continued)
  • Subject teaching in the 21st Century (continued)
  • Professional enquiry (continued)
  • Placement 2

Modules

The module information below provides an example of the types of course module you may study. The details listed are for the current academic year (September 2022). Modules and start dates are regularly reviewed and may be subject to change in future years.

Course details

Teaching

Our science education courses follow a 2+2 model, where you study 2 years to HND level at college, then 2 years to degree level at university. 

Our college partner is Forth Valley College, but you can also join year 3 of the programme from another college.

Our Secondary Education courses are taught through seminars, lectures and workshops. You’ll also have the opportunity to go on school placements to get practical teaching experience.

Assessment

Assessment is by continuous assessment. School experience placements are supported by school-based teachers and University of Stirling tutors. There are no examinations in Education.

Work placement opportunities

School work placements are an integral part of this course, culminating in a 10-12 week secondary school experience where you can teach your chosen subjects.

Fees and funding

Fees and costs

Academic year: 2022/23 2023/24
Scottish students £1,820* £1,820 *
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland £9,250 £9,250
European Union students £18,800 £20,300
Overseas students (non-EU) £18,800 £20,300

Scottish students

* This fee is set by the Scottish Government and is subject to change.

You will be charged the annual tuition fee each year when you enrol.

Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland can apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you’ll be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

This tuition fee may be subject to change depending on guidance provided by the UK Government.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body. Students from the Republic of Ireland are eligible for a tuition fee loan of up to £9,250 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

We also offer additional funding – such as our Honours Year Scholarship – for students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. See our funding opportunities below for more information.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

European Union students

For EU students starting studies in academic year 2022/23, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria.

Students from the Republic of Ireland should see the fee and funding information under England, Wales, NI and Republic of Ireland.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Overseas students (non-EU)

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

Cost of living

If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

Payment options

We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

After you graduate

The majority of our Secondary Education graduates enter the Scottish Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS), which guarantees you employment for one year as a newly qualified teacher in a Scottish Local Authority school.

Your teaching degree will also qualify you to enter into a wide variety of other professions, such as corporate training and development, museum and leisure education, educational psychology, translation or media.

Alternatively, you may choose to continue your education with a postgraduate degree or carry out doctoral research, leading to the award of a PhD.

Scottish Teacher Induction Scheme

Participation in the TIS is not compulsory, and some students may choose to follow the alternative Flexible Route – which is less structured and may better suit their personal circumstances.

Students from Scotland, the rest of the UK and Member States of the European Union are eligible to join the TIS. Students from non-EU overseas countries are ineligible for the TIS scheme, but can follow the Flexible Route to complete probationary service if they plan to teach in Scotland following their studies.

Read the Scottish Government’s detailed guidance regarding students and the Teacher Induction Scheme.

Employability skills

Over the course of your four year degree you’ll develop essential teaching skills in secondary education. In addition, the ability to take a specialist subject alongside your teacher training will give you the edge in a competitive job market. You’ll also develop a number of transferable skills, including communication, presentation skills and confidence - ideal if you choose to take another career after graduation.

Companies we work with

We work in close partnership with Local Authorities, schools, Education Scotland and GTCS. This helps to ensure we support you throughout your studies, so you can become an effective educator. A number of teachers are seconded to us from local schools to provide practical and up-to-date experience and knowledge.

Over the past several years we have noticed that the students and probationer teachers coming from the University of Stirling are better and better prepared for their role as teachers. You clearly have an excellent course with excellent lecturers in place.

Deputy Head Teacher Pupil Support, Alloa Academy

Flexible study

This course is not available as a combined degree.