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The course

UCAS code
4 years
Delivery type



The BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and Professional Education is a 4-year course of study that is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in Chemistry teaching at the secondary school level.

In collaboration with the University of Stirling, the course combines core elements of Chemistry, covering core Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry subjects as well as practical labs, alongside participation in a full Initial Teacher Education course.

Students on this course attend Chemistry lectures and laboratories at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh campus and follow the well-established Professional Education path at Stirling. This is an ideal option for students with aspirations of becoming a Chemistry Secondary School Teacher.

To apply, or for further information see Professional Education at University of Stirling.


Accredited by General Teaching Council of Scotland with 7 commendations, which include being student-centred and the high quality of our research informed approaches.

Course content

Year 1

Provides the foundations of chemistry and mathematics and gives the opportunity to gain a good understanding of the fundamental principles of Chemistry. Students are introduced to laboratory skills illustrating various experimental techniques.

Students spend the majority of their time at Edinburgh, with around one day per week in Stirling for Education courses.

Year 2

Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry lectures continue with emphasis on the interrelationship between theoretical principles and experimental measurements. Topics covered include: atomic structure and group theory, elementary quantum mechanics, organic structural identification, conformational analysis, stereochemistry, thermodynamics, introductory kinetics, molecular spectroscopy. Additional skills are developed through practical laboratory activities.

Education courses are taken in both semesters.  This would normally include a School Experience (placement).

Year 3

Deals with more advanced treatments of core Chemistry, such as: Organometallic Chemistry, Multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, applications of chemical kinetics, organic reactions, heterocyclic chemistry, and Advanced Laboratories.

Approximately half of the third year is devoted to teaching topics, including an extended placement.

Year 4

Deals with more advanced treatments of core chemistry, such as: chemical structure of inorganic complexes, physical organic chemistry, molecular orbital theory, synthesis of heterocycles, molecules and statistical mechanics of systems, and Advanced Laboratories.

  Final teaching practice and evaluation takes place throughout the final year of study.

Entry requirements

Year 1

Year 2

Due to the nature of the degree, and the requirement to have completed modules EDUU9E1 and EDUU9E2 before progressing onto Year 2 of study, direct access to Year 2 would necessitate a candidate having gained appropriate experience/qualifications elsewhere, generally in a higher education setting. Full details are available on the Secondary Education page on University of Stirling website.

Year 3

See year 2

Additional information

Entry to the professional course is provisional until the end of Year 1 and subject to interview, a criminal record PVG check and successfully passing all first year modules. If you have a criminal record you should contact the Head of Admissions at University of Stirling in confidence to discuss entry to this course.


Fees are different for Professional Education (Secondary) courses, as students are enrolled at University of Stirling.

Tuition fees (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales International
2017 entry Paid by SAAS £6,750 (for a maximum of 4 years) £11,845
2018 entry Paid by SAAS £9,250 £12,140

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships and bursaries

Please see fees and scholarships for Professional Education at University of Stirling.