Education is a cornerstone of modern societies and human development. Join us to think creatively about how education can promote justice and positive social change.
We are in the UK top 10 for research excellence for education (THE analysis of REF 2021).
We encourage hands-on research and investigations in schools, charities and more.
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Our BSc Psychology in Education degree is recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Education courses for 2023
Education at Bristol
At Bristol you will explore education in different settings and investigate how learning happens for children, young people, adults and in communities. You will develop a broad range of research skills that will equip you to tackle complex problems in novel ways. You will apply your learning in practice, spending time in a school, community organisation, or other education setting.
BSc Education Studies is interdisciplinary, combining sociology, psychology, cultural theory, economics and the learning sciences to tackle the big questions affecting schools, cultural spaces and online communities today. It is a degree that opens doors to careers that make a positive difference.
BSc Psychology in Education helps you understand how to use psychology in educational contexts. You will learn to apply psychological theory and research in real-life educational settings involving children, adolescents and adults. The BPS accreditation will enable you to progress to professional training as a psychologist.
We pride ourselves on cutting-edge research. You will learn from and with inspiring researchers and committed teachers, enjoying access to career-enhancing networks and our renowned Research Centres. 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.
Our degrees offer excellent preparation for working with children, young people, schools and families.
Students who study education and psychology in education often use their degree to continue their studies in research, healthcare, teaching or other education settings; or even in business, management, marketing and human resources.
BSc Education Studies can lead to routes into primary teaching, careers in research and educational publishing, education policy development and government, and jobs in the charity and community sectors.
BSc Psychology in Education is accredited by the British Psychological Society and provides a pathway to professional training in educational, clinical and counselling psychology.
BSc Psychology in Education students often go on to postgraduate study, to further their knowledge in this field. The career path opportunities are many and varied; from educational and occupational psychology, counselling; to psychotherapy, social work, human resources and more.
The first year of BSc Education Studies will introduce you to core concepts and theoretical perspectives. You will learn how research methods can be used to answer educational questions, with opportunities to apply these insights. For BSc Psychology in Education, we will introduce you to important concepts and ways of thinking about psychology in education. You may also choose from optional units within the school or elsewhere in the University.
In your second year of BSc Education Studies, you will explore the diversity of education in Bristol and design and conduct a small-scale research study. You will also explore policy change in education. For BSc Psychology in Education, you will examine major areas in psychology and how they can be applied in education. You will also develop your research skills carrying out small-scale projects. As you start to develop your interests and expertise, you will also be able to take choose optional units.
In your third year, you will continue to develop your interests through optional units and showcase your expertise in a dissertation on a topic that fascinates you.
You can choose to take a four-year Study Abroad degree to learn about another culture and its educational practices. You will spend a year studying in English at one of our prestigious partner universities overseas. Partner locations currently include Australia, Hong Kong and the US. Find out more about where you can study abroad.
Education courses for 2023
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.
Education at Bristol requires you to think creatively about social change and social justice, investigating 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 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.
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 gather 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 BSc Education Studies with Study Abroad and BSc Psychology in Education Study Abroad.
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