What being a Home Economics teacher covers:
- Organising and setting lessons
- Monitoring the progress of pupils, through coursework and homework
- Working with pupils to guide their development and share that progress with parents and caregivers
- Planning, supervising and leading cooking modules
Take that next step into Home Economics
It’s a career choice that comes with a good starting salary and great opportunities for progression. To begin your journey, you need to have a relevant degree plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) or a degree that combines Education with a Home Economics subject. And if these options don’t quite work for your circumstances, there are some alternative routes to consider.
This subject, as with others in the Curriculum for Excellence, can be delivered through Gaelic Medium Education. There are lots of benefits to teaching in Gaelic and we have more information about how to take this route into teaching.
Four-year university course in education
The University of the Highlands and Islands (Perth College) offers an undergraduate degree in Home Economics teaching, the BA (Hons) Food, Nutrition and Textiles Education. There are undergraduate degrees at four Scottish universities that meet the entry requirements for the PGDE Home Economics.
Universities you can study in
PGDE university courses
Here are the universities you can study for a PGDE in Home Economics at secondary level. Entry requirements vary so it’s best to check with the course provider for the most up-to-date information.
The University of the Highlands and Islands and University of Strathclyde also offer a pathway into Gaelic Medium Education. Find out more about the opportunities and benefits of teaching in Gaelic.
Universities you can study in
Alternate routes into teaching
There are a number of new teacher education programmes designed to offer flexibility and encourage diversity in the profession. These include:
University of Strathclyde– BSC Education and Curricular Studies with Teaching Qualification: This is an innovative and alternative route into teaching that allows students with an HND in home economics or technological education to start in year 3 of a four-year undergraduate programme and achieve a university honours degree with a Teaching Qualification on completion.
University of the Highlands and Islands– BA (Hons) Food, Nutrition and Textiles Education – this is a four-year full-time programme being delivered by UHI through Perth College.
There are other undergraduate degrees that would be eligible to apply for the HE PGDE if ‘top-up’ qualifications were gained.
‘Top-up’ degree examples
Here’s an example of some undergraduate degrees that require ‘top up’ qualifications to be eligible for the HE PGDE:
- Glasgow Caledonian University: BSc Hospitality Management and BSc Food Bioscience
- University College Birmingham: BSc Applied Food and Nutrition
- Sheffield Hallam University: BSc Food and Nutrition
- College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (Northern Ireland): BSc Food Design and Nutrition
Register for our free Home Economics guide
This handy pdf serves up all the information you need on the subject.