Scottish education

Scottish education system in the UK

The UK is respected around the world for the high quality of its education system. The Scottish education system is slightly different to that in England. Studying a degree in Scotland gives you the chance to try a range of subjects before specialising. The four-year degrees give you a broader and more flexible education (a limited number of three-year undergraduate degrees are available). 

Even if you have already decided what you want to do, you can still choose to study additional subjects. Education in Scotland tends to involve a high level of independent study. Employers value Scottish degrees for their breadth of knowledge. This means you will have the best chance of success in your chosen field.

Scottish universities offer three main levels of degrees:

  1. Undergraduate (BA or BSc) 
  2. Postgraduate (MA, MSc or MPhil)
  3. PhD

Teaching, learning and assessment 

The International Study Centre introduces you to the style of teaching that you will experience when you progress to your degree at Strathclyde. Programmes at the International Study Centre include tutorial, seminar-style classes and large group lectures. You can study a pathway to an undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Business Administration degree or postgraduate degree.

Students at Scottish universities spend a lot of time studying independently. Some degrees also involve practical work and/or fieldwork. Assessments at Scottish universities may include:

  • Coursework
  • Project work
  • Presentation
  • Participation in seminars
  • Written assignments/essays
  • Practical assessments
  • Final dissertation.

Tutor support and independent study 

Universities in Scotland often offer undergraduate students the support of a personal tutor. Independent learning is an important aspect of the Scottish education system, so your personal tutor is there to help keep you on track. Staff at university encourage independent learning by giving you the basic information to go away and gain a deeper understanding of your subject. Learning to work by and for yourself is an important skill to have as a graduate. 

Work placements

Practical learning experiences, such as internships and work experience placements, provide Strathclyde students with the skills and experience they need in today’s job market. Strathclyde is a top 10 UK university for graduate employment (The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2015).