Gain a solid understanding of education – from early years to lifelong learning – on this dynamic course. You’ll benefit from a strong focus on social justice, international learning opportunities and the chance to take a specialist pathway.

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Opening doors to a wide range of careers, this course explores the role of education in society and examines how moral and social issues shape learning.

Develop in-depth knowledge

We equip you with a broad spectrum of knowledge about the subject of education, underpinned by an emphasis on social justice and bringing together perspectives from psychology, sociology and social policy.

You will consider different aspects of education and where and how it happens, including primary, secondary and higher education as well as lifelong learning.

You can choose to build on this core knowledge by following one of our specialist pathways in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). 

Invaluable placement opportunities

If you select one of our specialist pathways, you will undertake compulsory work placements to develop your practical skills and strengthen your professional profile.

Even if you choose not to study a specialist pathway, you’ll still have the option to go on a 12-day work placement in an education setting during stage two of the course.

A global outlook

This course has a strong international focus so we offer exciting opportunities for you to travel abroad. Our programme of international fieldtrips has given our students first-hand experience of education in countries such as Morocco, The Gambia and Poland.

We also participate in the Erasmus scheme, which enables you to apply to study in the Netherlands as part of your course, bringing a new dimension to your CV.

These international options provide you with valuable insights into different contexts and levels of educational provision as well as critical issues surrounding economic, social, and cultural development.

Our distinctive pathways

You can tailor this degree to your interests by taking one of our two optional specialist pathways:

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Pathway

This pathway has been developed in response to a growing demand for high-calibre trained staff who can work with learners with special educational needs and/or disability.

You will explore a range of SEND practitioner roles and the ways that government policy impacts upon such roles, in and out of the classroom. Our strong links with schools and colleges – both special and mainstream – mean you can learn from leading professionals working in the SEND field.

TESOL Pathway

This pathway is ideal if you want to focus on English language teaching for learners in a variety of contexts. It equips you with the skills to work with English as an Additional Language (EAL) pupils in a primary or secondary setting; to work abroad as an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher; or to work as a teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in an adult or community environment.

You will undertake observed teaching practice to give you vital experience and enhance your employability. We introduce you to various approaches for teaching grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, speaking and pronunciation. You’ll also look at lesson planning, syllabus design and assessment. In addition you’ll be encouraged to reflect on your own knowledge and understanding of the English language.

A vibrant community

We pride ourselves on offering a friendly, welcoming learning environment where you will receive plenty of encouragement and guidance. Our tutors are approachable, dedicated and passionate about their subjects.

You will be taught by influential researchers and published authors whose work is shaping the debate about the future of education. They conduct research spanning everything from cultural diversity to online learning, inclusive practice to the role of pastoral care in education.

Guaranteed interviews for our PGCE Primary

If you complete this degree and meet the entry requirements for our PGCE Primary, we will guarantee you an interview during your final year of undergraduate study (subject to places being available). 

Places on our PGCE are highly sought after, so we recommend you apply as early as possible once UCAS opens.

Terms and conditions:

  • There are a limited number of places on the PGCE Primary. Once the course is full, applications will close and no further interviews will be held
  • Interviews are guaranteed for students who meet the entry requirements for the PGCE Primary, including GCSE grades, degree classification, experience and successful completion of the Skills Tests
  • An interview does not guarantee an offer to study on the course