Chemistry with Education at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS

Course summary

OVERVIEW The BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Education will provide you with both the extensive theoretical knowledge and practical skills in chemistry and professional skills through work-based learning to ensure you are fully equipped to meet the demands of being a Chemistry teacher in secondary (high) school. The overall aim of the course is to allow you to develop the knowledge and skills required to teach Chemistry at Secondary School level. You will study Chemistry to Honours level, and will also develop your teaching skills in years 3 and 4 by taking modules in Education. On successful completion of the course you will have met the Standard for Provisional Registration, and thus be eligible to apply for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and entry to the Teacher Induction Scheme in Scotland as a secondary school teacher of Chemistry with Science. Your depth of knowledge across a broad range of topics will support the teaching of senior phase courses up to SQA Advanced Higher (or GCSE A-level) level. CAMPUS NOTE Please note that all the Chemistry modules are taught at Paisley Campus and the Education modules (in years 3 and 4) are taught at our Ayr Campus. PRACTICAL FOCUS You will have access to high-quality laboratory environments and with links to active research groups, the range of subjects and practical opportunities available on this degreee are based on real-life examples from industry to prepare you for the workplace. You will study the general aspects of chemistry including organic, inorganic and physical chemistry throughout the programme up to an advanced level with additional learning including topics such as enzymes and pharmaceutical production and safety, environmental chemistry, spectroscopy and photochemistry. PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION The BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Education is professionally recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). By successfully completing this course you will meet the Standard for Provisional Registration as a secondary school teacher of chemistry with science. CAREER PROSPECTS Jobs Graduates receive the formal teaching qualification necessary for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). Graduates from this course are eligible for a one-year paid induction post that enables completion of probation and achievement of the standard required for full registration with the GTCS in a Scottish secondary school. You’ll also have the knowledge and practical skills required for a career in drug research, environmental analysis, forensic science and much more in the oil / petrochemical / chemical / pharmaceutical / food industries. Science graduates are also sought by non-scientific employers such as stockbrokers thanks to their numerical, communication and problem-solving skills. Further Study Some graduates choose further study when they complete their studies and we have had graduates progress to MSc, MRes, MPhil, PhD.


In Year 1, you will study core modules in chemistry covering general organic, inorganic and physical chemistry along with two other optional modules in science subjects (mathematics, physics, physics, or forensic science). In Year 2, you will study five core chemistry modules, designed to extend your knowledge of the traditional subject areas of inorganic, organic, physical, and analytical chemistry, in addition to introducing aspects of applied chemistry, spectroscopy and theoretical chemistry. You will also take one optional module two other optional science module (mathematics, physics, physics, or forensic science). In Year 3, you will study both chemistry and education modules. Education studies will focus on key educational issues, cross-cutting curricular themes, contexts for learning and professional values. Chemistry modules will provide a focus for the honours year and will include:Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and School & Professional Studies. In Year 4, your knowledge of education is further developed through investigation of understanding of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment of chemistry and general science, and the skills and abilities to implement effective teaching and learning. You will undertake school experience placements in line with GTCS registration requirements. You will study the following modules: Organic Chemistry, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry 4, Secondary STEM Subject Studies, and Secondary School Experience.

Assessment method

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical workshops and guided laboratory work. There will also be group work, literature reports and research projects in order to ensure our degrees provide a strong set of additional skills, such as presentational and communicative skills. Our Chemistry degrees use a variety of assessment methods. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect: Written examinations / Oral presentation / Written reports / Coursework / Academic posters

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:

  • Secondary

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Entry to Year 1 with SWAP (BBB) in Access to Science (must include Chemistry); Access to Life Sciences, and Access to Medicine.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Trinity ISEPassISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with no element below 51
TOEFL (iBT)78no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

DUO LINGO In addition ot the above English Language tests, for 2022-23 entry, the University has approved the use of the online Duolingo English test as evidence of English language ability. UWS will accept an overall score between 90-115 with no component score below 90. For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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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
EU £17250* Year 1
International £17250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS: Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS: Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS: These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details). ADDITIONAL COSTS: The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory. Check the course entry on our website for more more information.
Chemistry with Education at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS