Education courses for 2018

Single Honours

Education is a cornerstone of modern societies and human development. Our students:

  • explore education from a wide range of different perspectives;
  • gain insight into how people learn throughout their lives;
  • think creatively about social change and social justice;
  • investigate challenging educational questions to find transformative answers.

Why study Education at Bristol?

Our two new courses BSc Psychology in Education and BSc Education Studies present an exciting and stimulating range of ideas that will make you think again about education’s role in the world.

You will:

  • learn how to investigate educational questions using different disciplinary perspectives;
  • study experimental and social research methods that generate insights for educational practice and human behaviour;
  • join a dynamic and friendly community of staff and students applying theory and research to real-world educational settings.

The School of Education has an excellent track record in teaching future educators and researchers and developing cutting-edge research.  We provide an exciting study environment, embracing the spectrum of quantitative and qualitative research and teaching. 

Our interactive and research-based approach to teaching will equip you with a range of transferable skills that you can take to any setting where education matters.

What kind of student would this course suit?

Our courses will appeal to you if you:

  • have a passion for making a difference in the wider world;  
  • would like to study across a range of different disciplines;
  • want to explore human behaviour and how we learn;
  • would like to find out more about the role education can play in shaping a fairer society. 

If you have an enquiring mind and are curious about the world around you and how it changes you will enjoy the our emphasis on hands-on research and the opportunities we provide to work with other students in planning and carrying out real-life investigations.

How is this course taught and assessed?

Our courses are taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminar discussions, guided independent study, and tutorials. These offer a well-rounded, evidence-based and flexible basis for your intellectual development. You will learn to exercise sound judgement and innovate when faced with complex and novel problems. 

You will be assessed through examinations (selected units in the first year and one optional second year unit only), essays, research reports, the use of blogs and reflective journals, and poster and slide presentations. Tutor feedback will help you strengthen your knowledge and understanding of how to muster evidence from diverse sources and present a compelling argument using different media.

What are my career prospects?

Our degrees offer excellent preparation for careers working with children, young people, schools and families.

The BSc Education Studies can lead on to routes into primary teaching and careers in research, educational publishing and a range of jobs in the charity and community sectors. 

The BSc Psychology in Education is accredited by the British Psychological Society and provides a pathway to professional training in educational, clinical and counselling psychology. 

Our wide range of approaches encourage a flexible mindset, the capacity to innovate, and the ability to critically assess different kinds of data. These are key skills, relevant to a wide range of professional careers. 


Important disclaimer information about our courses.

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Subject leaflet

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