The BA Education degree gives you the skills, knowledge and experience to build a career as a primary school teacher. Graduates will possess the formal pre-requisite teaching qualification necessary for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
SQA Highers: AAAB, including English, plus SG / Int2 / Nat 5 Maths at Grade B or equivalent
GCE A-Levels: BBB including English, plus GCSEs English Language and English Literature at Grade A and GCSE Maths at Grade B
Irish Leaving Certificate: AAAB2 including English, plus OL: Maths at A2
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 32 points (including 4, 4, 4 at HL, including English and SL Maths at 5)
Primary school teaching is challenging, exciting and
rewarding. This programme is designed to equip you with the skills to become an
effective primary school teacher and provide you with a broad-based education
in contemporary subjects. Our programme
is highly regarded: it was voted No. 1 in the UK for student satisfaction in the
National Student Survey 2015, and is ranked 7th in the UK for
Education in the Times Good University Guide 2016.
The BA (Hons) Education replaced our BEd Primary Education
degree. It offers the flexibility of combining your education studies with a specialism.
A range of qualifications may be possible, including: BA (Hons) Education; BA
(Hons) Education with Health and Wellbeing; BA (Hons) Education with Literacy;
BA (Hons) Education with Languages; BA (Hons) Education with Mathematics; and
BA (Hons) Education with Science.
Guest speakers also form part of the programme to further
deepen your understanding of your subject.
Recent speakers have addressed students on topics such as supporting
learners with hearing impairments, learners on the autistic spectrum and sectarianism.
Valuable opportunities for school placement are embedded
in each year of the degree, providing hands-on experience to complement your
academic studies. Your school placements include a range of primary schools
within local authorities in Scotland. In years 1 and 2, school placements
provide insights into the role of the teacher and the diverse range of
professionals involved in the education and care of children and young people.
As you progress to years 3 and 4, theoretical knowledge and the practical
skills required for effective primary teaching are enhanced. Here, you gain
professional skills to enable you to lead learning in schools.
New graduates are guaranteed a one-year induction post
that enables you to complete your year’s probation and achieve the standard
required for full registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
UWS graduates teach throughout Scotland and the UK, in Canada, New Zealand and
in other Commonwealth and EU countries. The BA (Hons) Education is highly-regarded
by employers outwith education, recognising the strong personal transferable
skills that our graduates have developed.
You can undertake short and medium-term placements in
European countries (currently, France and Spain), developing skills in the relevant
modern foreign language.