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Joint teaching courses with Heriot-Watt | UCAS Extra and Clearing Places available 2018

The University of Stirling and Heriot-Watt University have teamed up to offer a number of education courses with a specialism in key STEM subjects including Chemistry, Engineering, Physics and Primary Science.

You could become a science teacher and inspire the next generation of young scientists and engineers – and if you're ready to start your journey as a teacher in 2018, we've saved a place for you!

We are accepting new applications until 30 June 2018 via UCAS. And if you have already applied via UCAS but don't yet hold an offer, we're still accepting applications until 30 June 2018 through UCAS Extra.

UCAS Extra is now open – and the process is fast and simple.

Register your interest in Clearing 2018

Clearing doesn't open until 5 July 2018 – but by registering your interest, a member of our team will be sure to get in touch with you later this summer to chat about your options and tell you all about the courses we still have available.

Register your interest in Clearing

Clearing and Adjustment

  • What is Clearing?

    When you get your exam results, you may not meet the conditions of your Firm or Insurance course offers. Clearing gives you the chance to explore new options.

  • How do I apply through Clearing?

    Applying to the University of Stirling through Clearing is quick and simple:

    1. On Results Day, you should immediately consult UCAS Track to see if you've met the conditions of your Firm or Insurance offer. If you have not, or would like to apply for a different course, it’s time to explore other opportunities.

    2. Check out the University of Stirling’s list of courses available. You can also find this list on UCAS.

    3. If you spot a course you’re interested in, don’t hesitate! Phone our Clearing and Exam Helpline immediately so that we can tell you more about your chosen course and guide you through the next steps. Don’t forget to have your UCAS Personal ID number ready – this allows us to view your UCAS application and speeds up the process for you.

    4. In most cases, we'll be able to give you an immediate decision over the telephone. If you're offered a place on your chosen course, you will receive an email from the University of Stirling to confirm the verbal offer and to provide further information on what happens next.

    5. Finally, you must then confirm your place at the University of Stirling via UCAS. Once you are happy with your choice, sign in to Track, click “Add Clearing choice” and fill in the details for your new University of Stirling course. This confirms that you definitely wish to accept your verbal offer, and once your details have been verified, Track will update to show that you have been formally accepted by the University. 

    Still have questions? Email us clearing@stir.ac.uk.

  • What is Adjustment?

    When you get your exam results, you may find you have done a lot better than you’d expected. If you have exceeded the conditions of your Firm choice and would now like to apply to the University of Stirling, you can do this through Adjustment.

    With your improved results, you may be eligible for an advanced entry – which means you will be able to start your course in Year 2. You may also be eligible to apply for a scholarship or other financial support.

    Adjustment is open from 16 August 2018 to 31 August 2018.

    Please note: You have five days from the date you meet the conditions of your Firm choice to register and secure a place through Adjustment.

  • How do I apply through Adjustment?

    Applying to the University of Stirling through Adjustment is incredibly simple:

    1. You should immediately consult UCAS Track to see if you have met the conditions of your chosen course.
    2. There is no published vacancy list for Adjustment. Check out the University of Stirling’s list of courses, and if you spot a course you’re interested in and you meet or exceed the entry requirements, phone our helpline immediately so that we can tell you more about your chosen course and guide you through the next steps.
    3. If you're offered a place on your chosen course, you will then receive an email from the University of Stirling to confirm that we would like to make an offer and to provide further information on next steps – including opportunities to visit the campus.
    4. Finally, you must email the University to confirm you wish to accept your place before our Admissions team will update UCAS and your confirmed place at the University of Stirling will show in your Track screen.

    Still have questions? Email us at clearing@stir.ac.uk.

  • Not applied at all?

    If you haven't yet applied via UCAS, we can accept late applications for some courses until 30 June 2018.

    For more information on UCAS, deadlines and application guidelines, check out our How to Apply page.

What can you study?

Our science (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.

Available courses include:

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

    This course is designed for students who wish to pursue a career as a chemistry teacher in a secondary school. 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.

    Find out more

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

    This course is for students who wish to pursue a career as a technology teacher in a secondary school. 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.

    Find out more

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

    If you're considering a career as a physics teacher in a secondary school, 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.

    Find out more

  • BSc/BA (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.

    Find out more

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 teaching 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).

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

Course title

Additional entry requirements

BSc (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary) and Chemistry Higher/A-level Chemistry or equivalent.
BSc (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary) and Physics Higher/A-level Physics or equivalent.
BSc (Hons) Professional Education (Secondary) and Engineering Technologies Higher/A-level Maths and Higher Physics or Higher Engineering Technologies.
BSc/BA (Hons) Professional Education (Primary) with specialism in Primary Science Higher/A-level 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

Five things you must remember for Clearing

Clearing might feel a bit daunting, but it can actually be a fast and simple process – and we'll do our best to guide you through the process each step of the way.

1

Don’t Panic. Act fast. Clearing at the University of Stirling is a competitive process, so you must be prepared on Results Day.

2

Get in touch. Once you’ve spotted a course on our Clearing List that interests you, phone our Clearing and Exam Helpline immediately on +44 (0) 1786 466166. Please note that this helpline does not open until 5 July. If you have any questions before then call our Admissions team on +44 (0) 1786 467044.

3

Have your exam results ready. Our Clearing Team will want to know your UCAS Personal ID number and exam results.

4

Tell us about yourself. Our Clearing Team will want to know more about you, your interests and why you would like to apply for your new course.

5

Ask questions. It’s up to you to make an informed decision, but we’re happy to help in any way we can!

Are you ready to learn more?

Get in touch! We're always happy to help, and we'll do our best to guide you through the Clearing and Adjustment process so that you can secure your place for September 2018.

Call our Admissions team now

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