The BA (Hons) 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 inc English, + SG / Int2 / Nat5 Maths (B or equivalent)
- GCE A-Levels: BBB inc English, + GCSE English Language and English Literature (A) and Maths (B or above)
- Irish Leaving Certificate: AAAB2 inc English, + OL Maths (A2)
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 32 points (3 HL passes) (inc English at 4 points), + SL Maths (5 points)
Contact the School of Education Admissions to discuss other qualifications for entry. Please note the qualifications listed above are the minimum entrance criteria. For further information on entry requirements to programmes of initial teacher education in Scotland, please visit www.gtcs.org.uk.
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.
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.
The BA Education replaces 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 Literacy; BA (Hons) Education with Languages; BA (Hons) Education with Mathematics; and BA (Hons) Education with Science.
There are compulsory core modules and you can select options based on your interests and experiences. You choose two options in years 1 and 2. You may focus on these subjects again in years 3 and 4.
Core modules include Society and Lifestyles and Inter-professional Working. 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.
Theoretical knowledge and the practical skills required for effective primary teaching are enhanced. Your school placements include a range of primary schools within local authorities in Scotland. Here, you gain professional skills to enable you to lead learning in preschool and school.
Employment opportunities for primary teaching graduates are good, with new graduates entering a guaranteed one year induction post. This enables graduates to complete their one year probation and achieve the standard required for full registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland. Recent graduates have found posts throughout Scotland and in England, Northern Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and other Commonwealth and EU countries. The versatility of the BA Education is highly regarded by employers outwith education who value the strong personal transferable skills that graduates have developed.
Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG)
Successful applicants will be required to join the PVG Scheme, managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. Please refer to www.scotland.gov.uk
Valuable opportunities for school placement are embedded in the degree, providing hands-on experience to complement your academic studies.
You can undertake short and medium-term placements in European countries, developing skills in the relevant modern foreign language.