You’ll follow a course of eight semesters (four years). This will lead to an Honours degree in Professional Education (Primary). Alternatively, seven semesters (three and a half years) lead either to a General degree or to a Bachelors degree in Professional Education. General degree students may only be able to qualify in one teaching subject.
You’ll develop your understanding of Education theory and practice alongside your subject specialism in Semesters 1-2. You’ll also undertake a self-organised placement in an educational setting of your choice.
In Semesters 3-4, you’ll continue to study Education alongside your subject specialism. Your knowledge and understanding of literacy and numeracy will develop, along with a range of teaching skills. You’ll engage in on-campus microteaching that’s closely related to your education modules. This gives you the opportunity to teach small groups of children and receive constructive feedback before undertaking a four-week school placement.
In Semesters 5-6, you’ll continue to develop your understanding of teaching literacy and numeracy. After taking part in a five-week school experience, you’ll undertake an advanced Education module with a focus on differences, identities and inclusion. You’ll also take a module that focuses on Pedagogy, policy and practice in relation to your subject specialism.
Semester 7 includes a 10-week school placement, where you’ll have the opportunity to teach your chosen specialism. In Semester 8, you’ll complete an Enquiry into Practice that’s closely related to your placement, and undertake an independent study of your choice, linked to your chosen specialism.
If you opt to study Professional Education (Primary) with a specialism in Primary Science, your degree will be taught between the University of Stirling and Heriot-Watt University campuses, with access to expert teaching staff from both institutions.
2023 entry requirements:
4 Highers at ABBB (first sitting) or AABB (two sittings) including English and 1 from Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography or Physics plus Maths or Applications of Maths at National 5 at B (if not held at Higher).
You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.