Education is a cornerstone of modern societies and human development. Our students explore education from a wide range of perspectives, gaining insight into how people learn throughout their lives.

On our courses you will think creatively about social change and social justice and investigate challenging educational questions to find transformative answers.

Why study Education at Bristol?

The School of Education is a dynamic and friendly community of staff and students applying theory and research to real-world educational settings.

We have a strong track record in preparing future educators and researchers and we provide an exciting study environment, embracing the spectrum of quantitative and qualitative research and teaching.

The School of Education is highly rated for the quality of our research and teaching - Times Higher Education analysis of the REF 2014 results placed the School tenth in the UK in the Education subject area.

Our education courses 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 and will study experimental and social research methods that generate insights for educational practice and human behaviour.

We pride ourselves on cutting-edge research. 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.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

Our courses will appeal 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 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. You will learn to exercise sound judgement and innovate when faced with complex and novel problems.

You will be assessed through examinations, essays, research reports, using 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.

Lectures, seminars and guided independent study offer an evidence-based and highly relevant basis for professional development. Seminars and workshops encourage you to collaborate with others, while presentations help you develop your confidence in conveying arguments and ideas.

What are my career prospects?

Our wide range of approaches encourages a flexible mindset, the capacity to innovate and the ability to critically assess different kinds of data – key skills relevant to many careers.

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

The BSc Education Studies can lead to routes into primary teaching, careers in research and educational publishing and 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.

If you are interested in spending a year studying abroad, learning about another culture and its educational practices consider our BSc Education Studies with Study Abroad and BSc Psychology in Education Study Abroad.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.


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Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

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