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Science teaching courses in partnership with Forth Valley College

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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.

What can you study?

Our chemistry and physics teaching courses allow you to study science to HND level at college before coming to Stirling to learn how to teach physics and chemistry. We work in close partnership with local authorities, schools, Education Scotland and the General Teaching Council for Scotland to ensure that you are supported throughout your studies to become the best teacher you can be.

Our STEM education courses include:

BA (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary) with Chemistry - UCAS code: CXF1

This course is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in chemistry teaching, at secondary school level. Taught in collaboration with Forth Valley College, students 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 physics student teachers. The course includes school placements to develop confidence and experience in a classroom environment.

BA (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary) with Physics - UCAS code: PXF1

This course is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in physics teaching, at secondary school level.  Taught in collaboration with Forth Valley College, students will spend two years at college studying modules from HND Applied Sciences before participating in two years of initial teacher education at the University of Stirling, alongside chemistry student teachers. The course includes school placements to develop confidence and experience in a classroom environment.

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. Please refer to specific institutional handbooks for the HND portion of the degree.

Want to find out about course fees and funding? Check out our fees page.

Entry requirements

For year 1 entry:

  • 3 National 5s to include Mathematics and 2 science subjects, 
  • 2 Highers (grade C) to include a science subject*

*From 2023 entry, students will require Higher English or equivalent as one of the two highers needed for year one entry. The 2022 entry cohort may obtain higher English or equivalent during the college portion of the 2+2.

For year 3 entry (available from 2023 entry 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: ≥80 SCQF credits in Chemistry (including 40 at SCQF Level 7 and 40 at SCQF Level 8 or above)
  • For Physics: ≥80 SCQF credits in Physics (including 40 at SCQF Level 7 and 40 at SCQF Level 8 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.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS or by direct application. 

If you would like to apply for multiple courses, you should apply through UCAS.

If you would like to apply only for one of these integrated degree courses, you can ask us for a link to our direct application form. To get a link to this form, please email admissions@stir.ac.uk and tell us which course you would like to apply for.

Programme structure

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
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Accreditation

The University of Stirling’s education courses are accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland with seven commendations, including one for being student-centred, and another for the high quality of our research-informed approaches.

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Employability

Successful completion of our course enables you to provisionally register with the General Teaching Council for Scotland and enter the Scottish Probationary Teacher Scheme. This entitles you to guaranteed employment for one year as a newly qualified teacher in a Scottish Local Authority school. 

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