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The course

UCAS code
4 years
Delivery type



The Professional Education (Secondary) with Engineering Technologies is a course run with the University of Stirling and is designed to prepare candidates to teach subjects such as Graphic Communication, Design & Manufacture and Engineering Science in secondary schools.

The course includes courses from the Electrical and Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering  and the Mechanical Engineering courses at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and the Initial Teacher Education course at the University of Stirling.

The course will require students to attend both institutions to receive tuition.  Placements in schools, that are a part of the education training, can be arranged for any location in Scotland.

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

Education, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Computing, Physics, Design and Manufacture

Year 2

Education, Mechanical Engineering, Circuits and Analysis, Robotics project

Year 3

Education, Digital Design and Programming, Design and Manufacture, Interdisciplinary Business and Sustainability Project

Year 4

Education (main placement), Energy Studies (Mechanical or Electrical), Mechanical Engineering, Analogue Electronics, Engineering manufacture

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 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.