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The course

UCAS code
4 years
Delivery type



The BSc (Hons) in Professional Education (Primary) with specialism in Primary Science (STEM) is a 4-year course of study that is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in STEM teaching at the primary school level.

In collaboration with the University of Stirling, the course combines core elements of Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, as well as practical labs, alongside participation in a full Initial Teacher Education course.

Students on this course follow the well-established Professional Education path at Stirling and attend Chemistry/Physics lectures and laboratories, as well as Maths classes, at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh campus. This is an ideal option for students with aspirations of becoming a Primary School Teacher. The Primary Education degree will suit those who wish to study primary education alongside a specialism in three STEM subjects.

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

When you apply, please use UCAS institution code S75 and course code F4X3.


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 Heriot-Watt in Edinburgh, with around one day per week in Stirling for Education courses. This would normally include a short School Experience (placement).

Year 2

Provides the foundations of physics and gives the opportunity to look at wider aspects of physics through experimental study in investigative techniques. Practical problem solving, data analysis, laboratory and communication skills are embedded in these science courses. Education courses with emphasis on Primary school teaching are taken in both semesters. This would normally include a school experience (placement).

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

Year 3

Students can take an Introductory Biology course or more advanced optional courses in Chemistry or Physics, alongside mandatory Primary Education courses.

Year 4

Students study 4 mandatory courses, all at Stirling. These include a school placement, a literature review and a dissertation.

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
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.