Food, Nutrition and Textiles Education BA (Hons)

UCAS code X134

What is special about this course?

The Food, Nutrition and Textiles Education degree is aimed at those wishing to pursue a career as a home economics teacher in a secondary school. This is a first for teacher education in Scotland, supported by the Scottish government, to train new home economics teachers. This contemporary programme is unique in Scotland, as it combines academic study in food, nutrition, textiles and education with vocational training as a teacher in secondary schools within the four year programme of study.

The programme has two pathways.

  • Full four-year honour degree
  • HNC Professional Cookery route into year two of the degree. Students from this group who do not have Higher English and National 5 Maths, will be supported to complete equivalent qualifications during their HNC year.

Special features

  • Dedicated staff team with strong industry links.
  • Balance of theory and practice throughout the degree programme
  • Emphasis on key areas of practical activities in years one and two
  • Opportunity for vocational placements with industry in year one
  • Education modules introduced from year one
  • 50% of years three and four comprise education modules and school placements.


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

Full four-year degree route:

  • 3 Highers at grade BBC or above Or
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • You must have Higher or A level English at grade C or above, plus National 5/GCSE Maths or equivalent
  • Alternatively, a recognised Access to HE course plus Higher English at grade C or above and National 5 Maths or equivalent

Direct Entry to year two:

  • HNC Professional Cookery with minimum grade B in the Graded Unit, plus Higher English at C or above and National 5 Maths or equivalent

HNC Route: see HNC Professional Cookery

Please note:

  • There are subject specific entry guidelines for secondary teaching stipulated by GTC Scotland. These are available from the GTC Scotland website: Memorandum on Entry Requirements to Programmes of Initial Teacher Education in Scotland, 2013
  • An aptitude for teaching and working with young people should be displayed in your application.
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course

Year 1 - CertHE

Four-year degree route: modules may include:

  • Food hygiene
  • Food studies
  • Food development
  • Training and innovation
  • Pastry, bakery and cake decoration
  • Industry placement
  • Education placement

HNC Professional Cookery route

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules may include:

  • Nutrition back to basics
  • Nutrition through the lifespan
  • Eating for life
  • Textiles 1
  • Textiles 2
  • Education placement

Year 3 - BA

Modules may include:

  • Contemporary food issues
  • Food product development
  • Curriculum and pedagogy
  • Education placements

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Modules may include:

  • Applied food science
  • Public health and nutrition
  • Dissertation: teacher enquiry
  • Education placements

You will also complete a dissertation or research project.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • For the taught element of the programme you will study through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorial and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) as well as using purpose built kitchen workshop facilities
  • The practical teaching elements are undertaken in schools

Student will be expected to purchase appropriate kitchen whites and professional equipment including chef standard knives.  The university will establish the best price for this equipment through its procurement process. The estimated cost for equipment is £100.

How long will my course last?

Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £8,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free* free*

*4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,340 (2017-18) and £1,500 (2018-19).

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2017-18 2018-19
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,500 £11,100
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,250 £5,550
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,750 £1,850

**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Once you have successfully completed this course, you will be offered an induction year teaching post within the Home Economics department of a secondary school.
  • You will also be qualified and competent to consider a number of food or hospitality industry specific roles or may consider an option to start up your own business.


Can I progress into further study?

The MEd Critical Enquiry in Education offers a structured programme to support professional learning throughout your teaching career.

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