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 honours 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
- 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.
Full four-year degree route:
- 3 Highers at grade BBC or above OR
- 2 A levels at grade BC or above
- These must include: Higher or A level English PLUS
- A science subject (Health and Food Technology is considered a science) PLUS
- National 5 or 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
Advanced entry to year two:
- Direct entry to year two is possible with the HNC Professional Cookery (15 credits) with a minimum B in the Graded Unit, plus Higher English at C or above and National 5 Maths, or equivalent.
- Students from this group who do not have the required level of English and Maths will be supported to complete equivalent qualifications during their HNC year.
HNC Route: see HNC Professional Cookery
- 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 - core modules are:
- Applied food safety and quality
- Food studies 1: introduction to cookery skills and techniques
- Education placement 1: observation
- Food studies 2: food development, training and innovation
- Pastry, bakery and cake decorating
- Work experience in industry
Year 2 - DipHE
Core modules are:
- Back to basics: nutrition
- Nutrition through the lifespan
- Textile studies 1
- Health and lifestyle
- Textile studies 2
- Educational placement 1
Year 3 - BA
Core modules are:
- Contemporary food and textile issues
- Food product development
- Education placement 2a
- Education placement 2b
- Curriculum and pedagogy (double-credit)
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
Core modules are:
- Applied food science
- Public health and nutrition
- Education placement 3a
- Education placement 3b
You will also complete a dissertation or research project (double-credit)
How will I study my course?
- 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
- Students 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?
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:
*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.
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:
|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 university 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.
Is there more information available online?
You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.