BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) in Education (Primary)


Program Description


Choose a Bachelor of Education (Primary) at the University of Stirling, and we’ll equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to start a career in one of the most rewarding professions. 

We’ll prepare you to teach across the whole curriculum and primary age range, and also enable you to develop a specialism in a particular area. You can choose from these subject specialisms:

  • Early Years
  • The Environment
  • Modern Languages
  • Inclusive Practice
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

You’ll be taught by world-leading academics and outstanding teachers who have strong partnerships with local schools. This ensures you can access cutting-edge practice and research throughout your primary teaching degree. Our pioneering approach of studying education with a subject specialism, gives you the time to excel in teaching, critically reflect and grow in confidence.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, our Educational research had the highest quality of research outputs of any Scottish university, with 100% rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 We’re Top 5 in Scotland and Top 20 in the UK for Education Studies (The Guardian University Guide 2021)

#2 We give you time to develop as a teacher over four years – as opposed to the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) route of only one year

#3 You can specialise in a particular aspect of primary education, in addition to the general primary school education employers expect

Professional accreditation

We’re accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), meaning that on graduation you can apply for provisional registration as a primary teacher.

Course details

You’ll follow a course of eight semesters (four years). This will lead to an Honours degree in Professional Education (Primary). Alternatively, seven semesters (three and a half years) lead either to a General degree or to a Bachelors degree in Professional Education. General degree students may only be able to qualify in one teaching subject.

Year 1
You’ll develop your understanding of Education theory and practice alongside your subject specialism in Semesters 1-2. You’ll also undertake a self-organised placement in a nursery for primary students.

Year 2
In Semesters 3-4, you’ll continue to study Education alongside your subject specialism. Your knowledge and understanding of literacy and numeracy will develop, along with a range of teaching skills. You’ll engage in on-campus microteaching that’s closely related to your education modules. This gives you the opportunity to teach small groups of children or your peers, and receive constructive feedback before undertaking a four-week school placement.

Year 3
In Semesters 5-6, you’ll continue to develop your understanding of teaching literacy and numeracy. To help you link theory and practice you will take a placement over 11 weeks (three days a week, Mon to Wed) and return to the University for two days to undertake an advanced education module with a focus on differences, identities and inclusion. You’ll also take a module that focuses on pedagogy, policy and practice in relation to your subject specialism.

Year 4
Semester 7 includes a 10-week school placement. In Semester 8, you’ll complete an Enquiry into Practice that’s closely related to your placement, and undertake an independent study of your choice, linked to your chosen specialism.


Our course is taught through seminars, lectures and workshops. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake school placements to gain practical teaching experience.


Assessment is by continuous assessment. School experience placements are supported by school-based teachers and through tutor engagement. There are no examinations in Primary Education.

Work placement opportunities

School work placements are an integral part of this course, culminating in a 10-week school experience where you can teach your chosen specialism.

Study abroad

If you’re taking a Bachelor of Education with specialism in Modern Languages, we’ll encourage you to undertake a non-assessed optional work placement abroad for one year between Semesters 4 and 5 to improve your language skills.

Find out more about study abroad options.


Jane Smithson, Course Director

+44 (0)1786 467681

Fees - 2021/2

  • Overseas students (non-EU): £ £15,100
  • Scottish students: £ 1,820
  • Students from the rest of the UK: £9,250
  • EU Students: £15,100*

*For EU students starting studies in academic year 2021/22, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

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