BSc Hons Education & Curricular Studies with Teaching Qualification

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Key facts

  • UCAS Code: Home Economics route: X1N7, Technological Education route: X1X7
  • Accreditation: General Teaching Council for Scotland
  • Study mode and duration: 4 year programme: years 1 & 2 at college in Scotland, years 3 & 4 at Strathclyde
  • Recognised by: Scottish Government

  • Work placement: Year 3 - working with school pupils on campus and an induction week in a school; Year 4 - 18 weeks of placements in schools

Study with us

  • new and innovative route into teaching for the Secondary subjects of Home Economics and Technological Education from an HND at a college in Scotland to a university honours degree with a Teaching Qualification
  • learn from on-campus classes and working with pupils, a school induction week, and 18 weeks of teaching placements in schools
  • become qualified to teach in schools worldwide
  • guaranteed employment for one school year following graduation via The Teacher Induction Scheme, for UK and EU eligible students
  • further financial incentives are available if you opt to work anywhere in Scotland

Get into teaching (online)

Wednesday 1 May 2024, 4.30 to 6pm (BST)

PGDE course leader Debbie McLeod will host an information session providing insight into the PGDE Primary and Secondary and the BSc Hons Education & Curricular Studies with Teaching Qualification.

Learn what to expect before, during and after study and get your questions answered about entry requirements, start dates, course content, careers service, fees and funding.

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Why this course?

Teaching is a wonderful career.  Employment prospects are excellent due to a shortage of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) teachers in these subjects, and teachers recently received a 13.5% pay increase. 

This course is aimed at students who have or are soon to complete, a suitable HND from a college in Scotland. It's a 4-year route into teaching and comprises two years of study for an HND, followed by two years of study at Strathclyde. You have direct entry into Year 3 of the BSc (Hons) in Education and Curricular Studies with a Teaching Qualification.

Our unique course offers a pathway from an HND to an honours degree with a teaching qualification, opening up a career opportunity not available until now.

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner

What you’ll study

Year 1: First year of HND at a college in Scotland.

Year 2: Second year of HND at a college in Scotland.

Year 3: Direct entry to Strathclyde. You'll study the following: academic literacy and communication; professionalism and teacher identity; curricular studies in home economics or technological education; possible exit with BSc in Curricular Studies without teaching qualification after Year 3.

Year 4: Initial Teacher Education comprising professional values, professional learning through enquiry, and professional skills and abilities, including 18 weeks of school placements, leading to the BSc (Hons) in Education and Curricular Studies with a Teaching Qualification in your subject.

Work placement

In Year 3, you will have the chance to work with school pupils on campus and you will spend an induction week in a school. In Year 4, half of the course (18 weeks) is on placement in a school within Scotland. You'll be continually assessed while there to show you meet the requirements for the Standard for Provisional Registration as required by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

In Year 4, you must attend your placement school throughout the full working day. You must also attend school on staff in-service days unless told otherwise by your school.

Placement is your chance to put what you're learning into practice. You'll explore your own teaching style, learn new techniques and develop professional relationships with your pupils.

You must keep a portfolio of progress while on placement. This placement file will form part of the evidence of your meeting the Standard for Provisional Registration and prepares you for the continuation of professional learning throughout your teaching career.


Home Economics

Our teaching space includes a bright and modern Food Lab, where students can practise their teaching approaches prior to school placements, and a designated textile workshop. There is a strong emphasis on practical skills and approaches, and we expect potential students to undertake Certificated Evidence of Competence in textiles prior to starting the PGDE course if their degree is nutrition-based.

Technological Education

The Fab Lab has 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC router, computer-aided design software, 3D scanning and electronics. These facilities have machines which are used throughout schools to ensure students are fully prepared for the delivery of the curriculum and the five subjects areas within Technological Education.

Course awards

This course is a professional teacher education course which qualifies you to teach home economics or technological education in Secondary schools and enables you to become a registered teacher, which is compulsory for teaching in Scotland. The qualification is recognised throughout the world and is regulated by:

  • the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)
  • the Scottish Government

Guest lectures

Guest lecturers are invited to work with our students.  They come from schools, from local authorities, and from national organisations such as Education Scotland, the General Teaching Council for Scotland, and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Martin Rooney
Day by day my confidence is growing and although some days may be challenging, they have all been enjoyable and worthwhile.
Martin Rooney
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Course content

Curricular Studies 1 and 2

These modules introduce you to the curricular knowledge and skills needed for teaching Home Economics or Technological Education in Scottish schools.

Academic Literacy and Communication 1 and 2

You'll acquire the skills necessary for sourcing information and references, and analysing and synthesising these through developing criticality in your thinking.

Professionalism and Teacher Identity 1 and 2

These modules explore the role of the teacher in a variety of contexts: classroom, faculty, school, local authority, national, and international.

You join students studying for the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education and study 3 modules:

Professional Values and Education Studies

You'll explore the big issues in education such as inclusion, discrimination, poverty, the nature of the curriculum, and examine your own values.

Professional Learning Through Enquiry

You'll be introduced to arrange of research techniques and contexts in which they can be applied as you prepare a proposal for action research.

Professional Skills and Abilities

You'll develop your subject knowledge and skills as a teacher, and demonstrate your skills on placement in line with the Standard for Provisional Registration.

Learning & teaching

The course encourages an active and participative style of learning in order to meet your professional needs, and to promote a commitment to continuing professional development.  There is a mix of learning approaches including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work in labs and workshops, and working with pupils on campus and in schools. 


The course is assessed by assignments (which may include practical elements, presentations and written submissions) and by performance on school placement which demonstrates that the Standard for Provisional Registration has been met.  There are no formal examinations.

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Entry requirements


English A-C and Nat 5 Maths or equivalent (or must be gained by the end of Year 3).


Relevant HND from a college in Scotland or equivalent.

Home Economics

The most suitable HNDs include both a practical element and a theoretical side in food or in fashion, e.g. HND Fashion and Textile Technology, HND Professional Cookery.

Technological Education

The most suitable HNDs are in engineering and include Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Jewellery Design and Manufacture, CAD, Environmental, Aerospace, Naval, Architecture, Marine, and Product Design with Engineering (but not Product Design alone).

Please note that we can also accept qualifications that are equivalent to an HND from a Scottish college. This should include at least 240 credits with at least 120 of these from Level 8. The content of the qualification should cover the elements outlined above in the Home Economics or Technological Education route.

Additional Information

Detailed information on entry requirements can be discussed with the university course team. Students are required to register with the Scottish Government’s Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme (PVG). Applications should be made through UCAS.

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Fees & funding

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year (or studying standalone modules) should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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  • 2024/25: TBC
  • 2023/24: £1,820

Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Funding Council. Scottish undergraduate students undertaking an exchange for a semester/year will continue to pay their normal tuition fees at Strathclyde and will not be charged fees by the overseas institution.

England, Wales & Northern Ireland


Assuming no change in fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2024/25, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and integrated Masters programmes), MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.



Additional costs

Course materials


  • one lab coat (not white)
  • sturdy shoes (not trainers/not open shoes)
  • safety glasses
  • additional bowl blanks (£5 to £20)
  • additional pen blanks (£3.50)

Placements & field trips

Travel to placement schools and costs vary depending on distance to school. Students using their own transport may incur additional insurance costs Field trips required on some optional modules. Costs vary but are never excessive. Option classes are by student choice only.

PVG scheme (Protection of Vulnerable Groups)

Students are required to join the PVG scheme (£59 new member, £18 existing member update).

International students

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my studies?

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Students from Scotland

Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

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Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales:

You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility. Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

Dean's International Excellence Award

This scholarship is for new international students who will begin a full-time undergraduate course in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in September 2024. The award is a £5,000 scholarship per year for the duration of their degree (total of £20,000 for a four year course). All offer-holders are eligible for this scholarship.

Dean's International Excellence Award

Two students in library.

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Students from Scotland, other parts of the UK and the Republic of Ireland, who are studying at a Scottish Higher Education Institution are eligible to join the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS). This provides a guaranteed 1-year training post in a local authority to every eligible student graduating with a teaching qualification from one of Scotland’s Higher Education Institutions. Find out more about the Teacher Induction Scheme.

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Start date:

Education and Curricular Studies with Teaching Qualification - Home Economics

Start date:

Education & Curricular Studies with Teaching Qualification - Technological Education

Glasgow is Scotland's biggest & most cosmopolitan city

Our campus is based right in the very heart of Glasgow. We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

Life in Glasgow

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Prospective student enquiries

Telephone: +44 (0) 141 444 8600