BA (Hons) Education Studies

Currently in development, Queen Margaret University’s two new undergraduate education courses will be delivered by the Division of Psychology and Sociology. They will draw on our expertise in, and focus on, wellbeing, resilience, child welfare and inequality.

  • BA (Hons) Education Studies (Primary) will provide a professional qualification to teach in primary schools.
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies is a broad based social sciences degree with an emphasis on education.

The courses are designed to meet the challenges, as well as recognise the rewards, of teaching in the 21st century and will appeal to those with a social conscience who want to engage with socio-political issues and make a difference.

The courses will prepare students by actively engaging them in contemporary issues in psychology and sociology, and helping them to develop a sound knowledge-base of children’s developmental pathways and the range of factors that affect them.

A variety of learning and assessment methods , including placements, will enable you to gain a rounded education, preparing you to be an autonomous, critically thinking reflective professional. Our courses will:

• appeal to people with a social conscience who want to engage with socio-political issues and make a difference;

• provide placements in a range of settings, both traditional and specialised;

• offer a rounded education — they will prepare you to be an autonomous, critically thinking reflective professional;

• engage you in an exciting variety of learning and assessment methods and

• provide a fresh, new approach to teacher education.

Teacher education courses will commence at QMU in September 2019. We will be a new provider of primary teacher education courses in Edinburgh and the surrounding area from 2019 onwards. More in-depth information will be available in due course. In the meantime, check out the Teacher Education subject page.

Subject to validation by the GTCS


Entry requirements

BA (Hons) Education Studies

Scottish Higher: BBCC

A Level: CCD

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5

Required subjects: Maths and English at S/Int2/Nat 5/GCSE

Mature/Access: We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and/ or experience - see www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/access-to-higher-education/college-leavers-and-mature-students/

Direct Entry:

Working as a teacher

When a person successfully completes a teacher education programme at a Scottish university they will receive a teaching qualification (TQ).  

By law they must register with the GTCS before they can be employed as a teacher in a Scottish education authority nursery, primary, secondary or special school. A teacher’s fitness to teach (ie in term of conduct) will be considered at the point of application for registration.

Newly qualified teachers in their probation year currently start on a salary of £22,416 in Scotland.  Secondary teachers get an additional £8,000 if they choose to complete their   probationary year anywhere in Scotland, while primary teachers get £6,000 extra.

Once you are fully registered, this increases incrementally over the first five years from £26,895 to £35,763.

The Teacher Induction Scheme offers a guaranteed one-year training post to every eligible student graduating with a teaching qualification from one of Scotland's universities.  www.in2teaching.org.uk/Students/student-teacher-induction-scheme-faqs.aspx   

Students from Scotland, other parts of the UK and other Member States of the European Union, who are studying at a Scottish Higher Education Institution are eligible to join the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS) as they are recruited within the controlled numbers which have been set for teacher workforce planning purposes.



Course Overview

4 years
Start Date
September 2019
On campus
Study Abroad
Fees & Funding