As a teacher of technology, you will play a significant role in preparing young people to live in, and contribute to, a world of rapid technological, social and economic change.
The programme provides an excellent range of experiences which will allow you to cope with such a wide curriculum in schools. 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 subjects encompassed by technological education.
Years 1 and 2
Over the first two years you will study a variety of core topics including
- product design
Years 3 and 4
In years three and four these themes are developed with topics such as
- materials and processes
- technology and society
- understanding energy
- electronic materials and devices
- sustainable resources and the environment.
You will also develop your craft skills over the first three years by completing technology craft workshops.
A course in educational studies will prepare you for the wider professional support roles of a teacher in a technological society. You will develop a general understanding of effective learning, teaching, assessment and reporting, all in the context of the dynamic nature of education. This will all be allowed to be seen in context in a series of school experience blocks at various points across the four years.
Your teaching qualification is recognised abroad and a number of our graduates have taken the opportunity to teach in places such as Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Singapore, Jordan, Switzerland and Canada.
In your third year you may be able to apply to study abroad, provided you achieve good grades in first and second years. There are currently two options available: the Erasmus Exchange Scheme and the International Exchange Programme.
Under the Erasmus scheme you will study at a major European university, normally for 12 weeks or a full semester. As this exchange programme is partly funded by the European Union you will receive additional financial support from the EU, to cover additional travel and living costs. We have exchange agreements with universities in France, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Finland.
The International Exchange Programme is under development, but we are in discussions with universities in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Exchanges to universities in those countries would normally be for a year, although exchanges of a semester may be considered.
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.
This programme leads to registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAB/ABBB including English (normally at B) and preferably Mathematics and a technology or science subject.
A-levels: BBB including a technology or science subject and preferably including Mathematics. Plus GCSE English Language and English Literature (Grade A, B or C).
IB: 32 points, including HL English Grade 4 and SL Mathematics Grade 5.
For a full list of alternative qualifications please see: Entry requirements.
If you are accepted to a teaching degree you must undertake a Criminal Conviction check prior to enrolment. It is your responsibility to pay for the check. Details will be sent to you.
You will have the option of completing one of these BAcc variants which allows a degree of specialisation and the opportunity to study with languages and economics.
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: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre 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 contact the Language Centre.
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.
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: