UCAS codes

  • X100 -

Course contact

Course Enquiries Team
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

  • BA - 3 Years
  • BA Hons - 4 Years


Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

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.

BA Education - University of the West of Scotland

Education - 96 percent for overall student satisfaction

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: H1 H1 H1 H2 or H2 H2 H2 H3 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.



Your learning

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.

Study abroad

You can undertake short and medium-term placements in European countries (currently, France and Spain), developing skills in the relevant modern foreign language.


Useful Information

  • Top 10 ranking in the UK in the Times Good University Guide 2016 and the Complete University Guide 2017

    100% student satisfaction (NSS 2015) – top in the UK

    Additional costs

    If you choose to study abroad you may have to cover a small percentage of the costs.

    Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) 

    Successful applicants will be required to join the PVG Scheme, managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. Please refer to  

    Please contact the School of Education Admissions to discuss other qualifications for entry. 

    The range of subjects across an applicant’s qualifications should reflect those taught in the primary curriculum. An offer of a place on this programme is made on the basis of your application and successful interview.

    Uni Guides

    The BA (Hons) Education course is ranked sixth in the UK by The Complete University Guide 2016