Professional Education (Secondary) and Chemistry (in conjunction with Forth Valley College)

University of Stirling


Stirling Campus


This course is taught in collaboration with Forth Valley College. You will spend two years at college studying modules from HND Applied Chemical Sciences before participating in two years of initial teacher education at the University of Stirling, alongside student teachers.

These courses are designed for students who want to teach chemistry at secondary school level. They also include school placements, so you can develop your confidence and gain experience in a classroom environment.

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 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.

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements:
2 Highers at CC including a science subject plus 2 subjects at National 5 in science subjects. Or NC Applied Science or Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies (Laboratory Skills). Higher English and National 5 Maths must be attained before entering Year 3.

Selection is through successful interview.

Start Date





BA Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


Natural Sciences

SCQF Level



Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other