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The BA (Hons) Education degree gives you the skills, knowledge and experience to build a career as a primary school teacher. It offers the flexibility of combining your studies in education with a specialism to enable selection from a range of qualifications, 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 
  • BA (Hons) Education with Science 

Valuable opportunities for school placement are embedded in each year of the degree, providing hands-on experience to complement your academic studies. You will spend 30 weeks of the programme on placement and will also have the opportunity to undertake a placement in an Additional Support Needs school. 

UWS graduates teach throughout Scotland and the UK, in Canada, New Zealand and in other Commonwealth and EU countries. 

The course is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Placement Opportunities

You can undertake optional short and medium-term placements in various countries, including France, Spain, Norway and Israel.

New graduates are guaranteed a one-year induction post that enables you to complete your probation and achieve the standard required for full registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

 

The School of Education

The School of Education at UWS is recognised as one of the most innovative providers of education degrees in the UK. From early years to adult education, students gain rich experience from our innovative courses and graduate with unrivalled career prospects.

We’re working to create new routes for tomorrow’s teachers. Chemistry and Physics undergraduates can now opt to earn a PGDE qualification alongside their science studies during the final 18 months of their courses.

Our students gain vital skills and practical experience through work placements, preparing them for successful careers in pre-school, primary, secondary and community education.

4th

in the UK in The Times' Good University Guide

92%

Overall Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2017)

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

 

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: AAAB, including English and Standard Grade Maths (Credit) or Higher English and National 5 Maths (Grade B)
  • A levels: BBB including English Language and English Literature and GCSE Maths (Grade B) 
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H1 H1 H1 H2 or H2 H2 H2 H3 including English and OL Maths at O2
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 32 points (4, 4, 4 at HL including English and SL Maths at 5)
  • BTEC Level 4: DDM
  • Scottish Widening Access Programme: Access to Education BBB

Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme (PVG)

Successful applicants who gain a place on this course will need to register on the PVG Scheme, managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. An application form will be sent from the University once you have accepted your offer. The fee for joining the scheme is £59.

Visit the Disclosure Scotland website for more information on the PVG scheme.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0


For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0


For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

Primary school teaching is challenging, exciting and rewarding. Our BA Hons Education 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 2016 and is ranked 4th in the UK in The Times' Good University Guide. 

The BA Hons Education offers the flexibility of combining your studies in education with a specialism to enable selection from a range of qualificationsincluding: 

    • 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 
    • 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 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. 

You will spend 30 weeks of the programme on placement.  Your school placements include a range of primary schools within local authorities in Scotland.

 

Years 1 & 2

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.

Years 3 & 4

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.  You will also have the opportunity to undertake a placement in an Additional Support Needs school.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Learn a Language (optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

Jobs

New graduates are guaranteed a one-year induction post that enables you to complete your one-year 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.

 

Further Study

Some graduates choose further study, leading to an MSc, PhD or teaching qualification.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees

Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£1,820 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,300 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees to bursaries to help towards living expenses.

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

 

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

HOW TO APPLY

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS codes for UWS

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40

GO TO UCAS


If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.

For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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