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Joint teaching courses with Heriot-Watt

Do you want to be a science teacher?

The University of Stirling and Heriot-Watt University have teamed up to offer a number of primary and secondary education courses with a specialism in key STEM subjects, including chemistry, engineering and physics.

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

What can you study?

Our STEM education courses run for four-years and provide an excellent grounding from which to build your teaching career. 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:

  • BSc (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary) with Chemistry

    This course is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in chemistry teaching, at secondary school level. Taught in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University, the course combines core elements of chemistry taught on the Heriot-Watt campus covering the main themes of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, experimental skills and communication skills, alongside participation in the full Initial Teacher Education course taught at the University of Stirling. The course also includes a number of school placements to develop confidence and experience in a classroom environment.

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

    This course is for students who wish to pursue a career in secondary education, teaching engineering technologies. Delivered in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University, the course combines core elements of engineering technology - including the main themes of mechanical and electrical engineering, design, programming and robotics taught on the Heriot-Watt campus - alongside participation in the full Initial Teacher Education course at the University of Stirling. The course also includes a number of school placements to develop confidence and experience in a classroom environment.

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  • BSc (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary) with Physics

    If you are considering a career as a physics teacher at secondary school level, this is the course for you. The course combines core elements of physics - covering subjects such as dynamics; electromagnetic fields and optics; and the quantum world of subatomic particles through physics lectures and laboratories held at the Heriot-Watt campus - alongside participation in the University of Stirling’s full Initial Teacher Education course. A number of school placements will also be offered to develop confidence and experience in a classroom environment.

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  • BSc (Hons) Professional Education (Primary) with specialism in Primary Science (STEM)

    Would you like to be a primary school teacher who is able to bring excitement to the classroom and introduce pupils to science? Stirling has long been distinctive among Scottish universities in offering concurrent courses to prospective primary school teachers. Our degree in Primary Education with a Primary Science specialism will appeal to students who wish to become more than a generic primary school teacher. It will also demonstrate to employers that you are a capable and qualified teacher with additional expertise and specialist knowledge in a key area of primary education.

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Initially, education content is delivered for one day a week in Stirling, and then science subjects four days a week at Heriot-Watt University.

In subsequent years, students focus on Education at the Stirling campus, and the third and fourth year specialism modules will support students in extending their knowledge of the sciences (STEM), its application to primary education and their ability to communicate this knowledge to pupils, colleagues and parents. The course also includes a number of school placements to develop confidence and experience in a classroom environment.

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

Entry requirements

SQA HigherGCE A-levelIB DiplomaBTEC (Level 3)
ABBB - one sitting
AABB - two sittings
BBB 32 points DDM 

Essential subjects:

The General Teaching Council for Scotland 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 with Specialism in Primary Science requires Standard Grade award in Mathematics at grade 2.

There are additional requirements for each specialism, please see below:

Course title

Additional entry requirements

BSc (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary) and Chemistry Applicants should have Higher Chemistry or equivalent.
BSc (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary) and Physics Applicants should have Higher Physics or equivalent.
BSc (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary) and Engineering Technologies Applicants must have Higher Maths and Higher Physics or Higher Engineering Technologies.
BSc (Hons) Professional Education (Primary) with a Specialism in Primary Science Applicants must have Higher Chemistry and Higher Physics or equivalent.

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.

Ranking and reputation

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. 

Career prospects

Are you ready to learn more?

Find out how to apply, or get in touch. We're always happy to help, and can't wait to hear from you!

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