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Inspiration For Tomorrow's Teaching

When it comes to educating the educators, we're recognised as a UK leader. If you have a calling to teach – from early years to adult education – you'll gain rich experience from our innovative courses. And on completing your studies you'll have unrivalled prospects to fulfil your vocation.

About the School of Education

The UWS School of Education is recognised as one of the most innovative providers of education degrees in Scotland and the UK.

There’s huge demand for our flagship BA Education programme. An academic record counts, but we also look for the right attitude, personality and potential.

Daring to be different

We’re creating new routes for tomorrow’s teachers. We now offer BA (Hons) in Chemistry with Education and Physics with Education which allow undergraduates to earn a professional teaching qualification alongside their science studies for the final 18 months of their courses. It’s helping to address the teacher shortage in these subjects.


of UWS undergraduate and postgraduate Education students in work or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2015/16)


in the UK for Education (Complete University Guide, 2019)


in Scotland for Education (The Guardian University Guide, 2018)

Undergraduate Student on PDGE Course Preparing for Teaching | University of the West of Scotland

Don't take our word for it

Like our BA Education, the one-year PGDE qualification enables graduates to enter the one-year induction scheme in Scottish schools. Scottish PGDEs are also highly regarded for teaching beyond Scotland.

For BA Childhood Studies graduates, the Graduate Diploma: Childhood Practice is designed to provide a route for early years practitioners to advance their careers.

Studying the PGDE course really helped me learn more about the development of children and how they learn. The School of Education staff are so passionate about their subjects and my tutor was extremely helpful, particularly during my placements. I loved every aspect of my studies. 

Kiara Mayne – PGDE Primary graduate 


Research topics cover a wide spectrum – from gang culture to the Gaelic language, and from early years literacy to youth justice. Our research informs our teaching courses, influences policy and contributes to wider research networks across the world.

Vision Schools

We use our extensive research experience in Holocaust Studies to help schools across Scotland achieve excellence in Holocaust teaching. The University's Visions Schools initiative was officially launched in 2017 by Deputy First Minister of Scotland, John Swinney. Find out more about our Vision Schools initiative.

Crime fighter

UWS academic Professor Ross Deuchar leads our research group on the nature and causes of youth violence, crime and gang culture. Professor Deuchar has worked with some of the most marginalised young people in Scotland on the streets and in youth clubs, schools, secure accommodations and prisons. He has also worked with reformed and reforming gang members in several other European countries, in Asia and in the United States.


Vision Schools Student Discussing Holocaust Studies | UWS | University of the West of Scotland

Vision Schools

Professor Ross Deuchar Leading Crime Fighter Research Group | University of the West of Scotland

Professor Ross Deuchar


Our School offers wide opportunities for international exchange, through our links with institutions in Spain, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Dubai, China and the US.

Information for International Students

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If you have any queries relating to our School, please contact us at or call us on +44(0)1292 886206

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