Technological Education

TEACHING TECHNOLOGICAL EDUCATION

This degree programme qualifies you to teach technology craft, graphic communication, design and manufacture, product design 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, energy, 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 policy within Scottish Education it is envisaged that students within this degree may have an opportunity to study courses within their undergraduate degree which are at a 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 2015

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must have English Language and Literature GCSE at Grade C and GCSE Maths at Grade 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 2015 once all applications have been reviewed.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English Higher at Grade B and Maths Standard Grade 2 or Intermediate 2 Grade C. Interview. Disclosure Scotland.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English at HL4 and Mathematics at SL5. Mathematics Studies is not deemed equivalent to Mathematics and is not accepted. Interview. Disclosure Scotland.

Interview policy 

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

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

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

Please note that TOEFL has now been removed from the approved list of English tests by the Home Office and TOEFL tests taken on or after 17 April 2014 will no longer normally be accepted for UK visa applications. However, the University as an HEI can still choose to accept TOEFL tests for admission to degree level courses and so TOEFL tests can still be accepted as normal for this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
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:

FAQs

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.

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.

Important information

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.

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. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.

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 closing dates for entry in 2015

The UCAS process requires applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry to be submitted by 15 October each year, and applications to all other degree programmes by 15 January each year. The University of Glasgow cannot accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines, nor can it accept changes to applications after these dates. 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 allowed 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 2014: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January 2015: all other UK/EU applicants
  • 30 June 2015: 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 2015.

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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