- UCAS Code: Home Economics route: X1N7, Technological Education route: X1X7
- Start date: Aug 2021
- 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
4th in the UK for Education (Complete University Guide 2021 & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
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
- Strathclyde is the number one university in Scotland and the UK for 2020 (TES)
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Glasgow is Scotland's biggest & most cosmopolitan city
Our campus is based in the very heart of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers have voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city! And Time Out named Glasgow in the top ten best cities in the world - we couldn't agree more!
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.
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Fees & funding
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Assuming no change in RUK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2020/21, 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.
Placements & field trips
Field trips required on some optional modules. Costs vary but are never excessive. Option classes are by student choice only. Travel costs to school placement.
PVG scheme (Protection of Vulnerable Groups)
Students are required to join the PVG scheme (£59 new member, £18 existing member update).
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?
Students from Scotland and the EU
If you're a Scottish or EU student, 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.
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.
There is currently a shortage of Secondary school teachers for both Home Economics and Technological Education. There are opportunities for employment throughout Scotland and beyond.
The Teacher Induction Scheme provides guaranteed employment for one school year following graduation, should graduates be eligible and decide to accept a place on this scheme. Although most of our graduates go on to teach in Scottish state schools, obtaining this qualification opens up opportunities to teach throughout the UK or internationally.