Chemistry with Education

University of the West of Scotland


Ayr Campus, Paisley Campus


This degree will provide you with extensive theoretical knowledge and practical skills in chemistry. In addition, you will develop professional skills through work-based learning, ensuring you are fully equipped to meet the demands of being a teacher. The overall aim of the programme is to develop individuals with the knowledge and skills required to teach Chemistry at Secondary School level. You will study Chemistry to Honours level, and will also develop your teaching skills in years 3 and 4 by taking modules in Education.

On successful completion of the programme you will have met the Standard for Provisional Registration, and thus be eligible to apply for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and entry to the Teacher Induction Scheme as a secondary school teacher of Chemistry with Science. The programme teaches the fundamentals of chemistry as a core science and laboratory sessions develop practical and communication skills. Across the four years of the programme, increasingly complex understanding of principal aspects of chemistry – organic, inorganic, analytical and physical – is developed. Depth of knowledge across a broad range of topics supports the teaching of senior phase courses up to Advanced Higher level.

In Year 1, you will study core modules in biology and physics, with the option to pursue one area further, which, as you progress through the programme, will support your delivery of general science in the broad general education phase of the secondary curriculum. The study of education is introduced in Year 3 with a focus on key educational issues, cross-cutting curricular themes, contexts for learning and professional values. Knowledge and understanding of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment of chemistry and general science, and the skills and abilities to implement effective teaching and learning, are developed in Year 4, through campus teaching and school experience placements.

Entry Requirements

2022 entry requirements
Standard entry:
4 Highers at ABBB including English and Chemistry plus Maths at National 5.

Entry to year 2 may be possible with 3 Advanced Highers at CCC including Chemistry plus English and Maths at National.

Widening access entry:
4 Highers at BBBB including English and Chemistry plus Maths at National 5.

Start Date





BSc Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Science


Physical and Chemical Sciences

SCQF Level



Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other