Education Studies (Primary) at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS

Course summary

Scotland’s newest Education Studies (Primary) degree provides a fresh, innovative approach to teacher education, recognising the rewards and challenges that teaching presents in the 21st century. The dynamic course will give you the expertise, confidence and professional qualification you need to teach in primary schools. Why QMU? This course offers a forward-looking, evidence-based approach to teacher training. Our teaching degree is distinctive in its forward-looking focus on education in community settings, as well as in schools, and builds on our strong existing collaborations with local and national community organisations. This is an intellectually inspiring course that is your first step on a rewarding career in education. A curriculum and ethos suited to those with a social conscience who want to engage with socio-political issues and make a difference. On this course you will: Develop the skills, confidence and passion to make a real difference in the lives of young learners as a teacher. Study contemporary issues in education, psychology and sociology to develop a sound knowledge base of children’s developmental pathways and the range of factors that affect them. Gain an understanding of how pedagogic theory and knowledge informs classroom practices at early years and primary school level. Develop a detailed knowledge of all areas of the curriculum, including outdoor learning and become skillful at integrating literacy, numeracy and wellbeing throughout your teaching. Benefit from practical experience in educational and community settings, learning how to build positive relationships with children and work alongside other professionals. Develop your academic literacies including digital and data literacy. Develop research skills to enable you to develop as an autonomous, critically thinking, reflective professional. The course offers an approach to teaching that is founded in evidence-based research in the social sciences. If you want a career as a primary school teacher where you will genuinely make a difference in the world and inspire our future citizens, this course is for you. This course is about more than simply preparing you to inspire a class of young learners; it will engage you in the wider socio-political issues that affect education on every level and how this in turn influences educational outcomes for children. Our education courses draw on our expertise in, and focus on, wellbeing, resilience, child welfare and inequality. You will learn how to assess individual needs and plan inclusive learning experiences taking account of diversity and difference. This is a fresh, modern and ambitious approach to teacher education. We hope you feel as passionate about this new direction as we do and look forward to receiving your application. At QMU we are committed to widening access to education and we welcome applications from all backgrounds and genders. You will study for four years to become qualified to work as a primary school teacher. Progression into Year Two will be dependent on successfully completing all modules, placements and a reflective report in Year One. If, after the first year you decide not to pursue teaching there is an option to transfer to our Education Studies course. This is a broad based social sciences degree with an emphasis on broader aspects of education.


Year One Introduction in Education Studies in 21st Century, Developing Academic Literacies for Learning, Introduction to Psychology 1, Learning through the Lifespan (Primary), Sustainable Human Behaviour Learning for Sustainability, Diversity, Identity and Wellbeing (Education), Year Two Early Childhood Development and Learning in Context, Language & Literacy: Theory and Pedagogy, Society and Sustainable Lifestyles, Mathematics & Numeracy: Theory and Pedagogy, The Inclusive Curriculum: Theories of Learning & Teaching, Creative and Cultural Curriculum in 21st Century, Year Three The Creative Curriculum: Planning for Assessment and Continuity, Languages, Literacy and Children’s Literature, Everyday Life Contexts: A Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics, Teacher as Reflective Practitioner, Inclusive Practice: Difference and Diversity, Year Four Teaching as Professional: Inter-agency Working, A Global Curriculum: Planning a Pedagogy for Social Justice, Community-based Education, Professional Enquiry into Practice,

Assessment method

You will learn through lectures, seminars, workshops, enquiry-based, student-led activity, independent study, online group tutorials, school experience/community placements. An innovative feature of the course is the incorporation of outdoor learning that includes a Forest and Outdoor Learning Award, as well as the opportunity to undertake a British Sign Language course. Assessment methods are varied, including essays, reports, presentations, blogs and audiovisual submissions.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • General Teaching Council for Scotland

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Primary

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

There may be a very limited number of spaces available for entry in year two. Agreed articulation routes from Scottish HNC programmes can be found here:

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

We accept many different qualifications, but cannot list them all here. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information or advice if you are thinking of taking a course of study. We welcome applications from international applicants and you can find information on specific entry requirements by country here: We also welcome applications from mature students, or people holding qualifications such as Access courses or OU modules. The Scottish Wider Access Partnership (SWAP) offers a range of local Access courses and those that are accepted for entry are listed here:

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


For Year two entry


By law graduates of this course 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.

English language requirements

IELTS with an overall score equivalent to 6.0 and with no individual component less than 5.5.

QMU English Language Requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £8000 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Students from England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Republic of Ireland: full-time Rest of UK fees will be charged for the first three years of study. The fourth year is free.

Provider information

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Clearing Hotline - Tel: 0800 0270 300. Call us on our FREEPHONE number to enquire about our clearing vacancies. Our Hotline opening times are 08th August - 22nd August, Monday - Friday, 09am - 5pm. On SQA Results day (08th August) these will be open from 08am - 6pm and on A level results day these will be open from 8am - 5 pm. All other times: please email [email protected]

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Education Studies (Primary) at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS