Education

  • Intake: 2
  • Typical Offer: A*AA 
  • Essential Subjects: None
  • Faculty website: www.educ.cam.ac.uk

Tripos

Education is one of the most powerful means for change and growth in the modern world. If you are interested in the psychology, politics or social and cultural contexts of education and learning, you can study it on our Education course. 

Education, as a major social science in its own right, explores the intellectual, social and psychological development of the child and young person from birth through to adulthood and the role of literacy, language and creativity in learning. It examines the historical contexts shaping educational ideas and movements and the underlying philosophical principles and political beliefs promoting notions of meritocracy, equality, social inclusion, poverty alleviation and human rights.

 At Cambridge, you will engage with these important contemporary themes and on-going debates, developing and applying a form of critical literacy suited to addressing the varieties of evidence generated and used by educational researchers, policy-makers and professionals. 

The course at Cambridge is a rigorous and rewarding interdisciplinary degree. You study a broad, compulsory introduction in year one, followed by the opportunity to select papers from a range of disciplines or to focus more closely on a particular area of interest.

You attend approximately four to six lectures and seminars, and one or two hours of supervision per week.

You’re assessed at the end of each year. Depending on the papers studied, this will be through practical work, coursework, written examination, or a combination of these. In the third year, all students also submit a dissertation.

Year 1 (Part I)

You take four compulsory papers:

  • Introduction to Education, Systems and Disciplines
  • Learning and Human Development
  • Education, Creativity and Culture
  • Education and Social Justice

 Year 2 (Part IIA)

In Year 2, you take four papers. Two are compulsory – Designing Educational Research - introduction to the knowledge and skills to undertake educational research and a Dissertation: Literature Review. You choose your third and fourth papers from a range of topics building on the core content provided in Part I.

 Year 3 (Part IIB)

You take four papers in the final year. All students write a dissertation of 8,000-10,000 words. For the three remaining papers, you can again choose from a range of options designed to give you the flexibility to pursue your interests. .

Education at Queens’:  

  • Generally one supervision hour per week based on an essay
  • You will be requested to provide two marked essays following your application

Director of Studies 

Dr Tyler Denmead 

Current Interests: Childhood and Youth, Informal Arts Education,  Critical Race Theory, Critical Whiteness Studies, Arts-Based Educational Research