The General Teaching Council for Scotland

New Strathclyde route into Initial Teacher Education in Technical and Home Economics

The numbers of Home Economics and Technical teachers are to be boosted by a new route into Initial Teacher Education at the University of Strathclyde.

Students will join Strathclyde in the third year, having already spent two years at a Scottish College of Further Education.

The course will also be open to people who have been in work between gaining their HND and applying for the course.

The course, titled the BSc in Education and Curricular Studies with a named Teaching Qualification, is due to start in September 2019. It will have places for 30 students in its inaugural year.

Catherine Whitley, Principal Teaching Fellow in Strathclyde’s School of Education, said: “The potential for students who hold an HND from Scottish further education colleges to access a new four-year route is an exciting development for Strathclyde.

“A key strength of the programme is that it taps into a supply stream that has not been targeted in recruitment to initial teacher education courses. Many colleges offer flexible routes for students in obtaining their HNDs, which means that the pool of students from which universities could recruit may be much more diverse than those traditionally recruited to PGDE courses.

“This approach also builds relationships between further and higher education and, in time, universities could consider even stronger articulation agreements between the further education and higher education sector partners, where there is shared delivery across four years.

“A further strength is that this route is also open to those currently in the workplace who have HND qualifications but have not considered teaching as a career option.

 “Our teaching team are excited at the prospect of a cohort of students coming into year three, having already developed excellent practical skills, and look forward to welcoming them to the Strathclyde campus.

“We have been working closely with partners to address the teacher shortage the country is experiencing. We have the strong support of the Scottish Government and the General Teaching Council for Scotland, in the development of this new national framework.”

Education Secretary John Swinney said: “This programme creates a new and innovative pathway for people to become teachers in high-demand STEM-related subjects, and will also help broaden the group of students able to join the teaching profession.

“Creating new routes through Initial Teacher Education is part of our commitment to ensuring we have the right amount of skilled teachers in schools, and over the past three years has contributed to a year-on-year increase in student teacher intake numbers.”

Students will be able to take the first two years of the degree at any college in Scotland and obtain an HND relevant to the course. After transferring to Strathclyde, they will take modules on Academic Literacy and Communication, Professionalism and Teacher Identity and Curricular Studies.

In their fourth year, the students will take classes with students on the PGDE course and undertake 18 weeks of Professional Practice.

The course has been accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.