Technological Education

TEACHING TECHNOLOGICAL EDUCATION

This degree programme qualifies you to teach technology craft, graphic communication, design and manufacture, and engineering science in all secondary schools.

Your teaching qualification is recognised abroad and many of our graduates have taken the opportunity to teach in places such as Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Programme structure

You will study how children learn, as well as appropriate technological subjects such as electronics, design, mechanics, materials, energy and graphics. You will also study practical-based subjects so that you can successfully deliver the range of vocational courses encompassed by technological education. You will experience school placement throughout the programme and there will be a placement within industry or commerce during the third year of study.  

Years 1 and 2

You will study technology craft, design, graphics, electronics, mechanics and mathematics. In addition, there will be a focus on learning theory and teaching.

Years 3 and 4

In years 3 and 4 you will further develop your skills across a broad range of technological courses by exploring themes such as technology and society, materials and sustainable resources. In year 4, you are able to select an elective study in Advanced 3D Design or Engineering Systems and Robotics.

Special Glasgow feature

In keeping with Scottish Education policy, it is envisaged that students on this programme may have an opportunity to study courses within their undergraduate degree which are at Masters level.

Partnership and industry links

Our students benefit from a range of local partnerships in industry and commerce. There will be an industrial placement during the third year of study. 

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2017

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include one of Technology or a Science subject or Maths at A-level. Applicants must have a minimum of GCSE English Language and Literature at Grades A or B. Where Mathematics is not one of the A-level subjects, applicants must have GCSE Mathematics at Grades A or B. Interview. Disclosure Scotland.

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAB. S6 entry requirement = AAABB
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAAB in S5 but have achieved at least ABBB MAY receive an offer based on S6 results. A decision will be made in March 2017 once all applications have been reviewed.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English Higher at Grade A or B and either a Science subject or Mathematics at Grades A or B. Where Mathematics is not at Higher Level applicants must have Standard Grade/Intermediate 2/National 5 Mathematics at Grades A or B. Interview. Disclosure Scotland.

We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants, from BBBB at S5/S6, based upon completion of a pre-entry programme. For pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements, see Access Glasgow.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English at HL5 and either a Science subject or Mathematics at HL5. Where Mathematics is not one of the HL subjects (above) applicants must have Mathematics at SL4. Interview. Disclosure Scotland.

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

Interview policy 

As part of our selection process you will be interviewed. Interviews normally begin in mid-December and will run until February. 

Disclosure Scotland

If you are accepted to a teaching degree you must undertake a Criminal Convictions check prior to enrolment. It is your responsibility to pay for the check. Details will be sent to you.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English language: B minimum
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

my academic qualifications are below the requirements?

Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.

Career prospects

Our graduates have an excellent record of finding employment as secondary school technology teachers and college lecturers. You are guaranteed one year as a probationary teacher upon graduation and can then begin to make your way through the various levels of promotion within schools. A number of our graduates go on to funded postgraduate research, usually working towards a PhD in a topic relevant to their role as educators.

Accreditation

This programme leads to registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

BTechEd

  • KIS
    Technological Education: H111

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.

Scholarships

We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

How to apply

UCAS deadlines

The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.

The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

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