Social justice, the arts, the learning mind, education and gender, language and literacy, new technologies, values, policy and practice in classrooms across the world - Education at Cambridge offers you fresh perspectives on the key role of education in different societies, past, present and future.

Education at Cambridge

The course at Cambridge is a rigorous and rewarding interdisciplinary degree. You follow one of three tracks, combining in-depth study of a particular field of interest with an examination of wider educational and social issues.

  • The Education, Psychology and Learning track focuses on education from a psychological perspective; exploring human development and education in a variety of social and cultural environments.
  • In Education, Policy and International Development you consider historical and contemporary discussions concerning these areas, and education’s role in economic and social change.
  • Education, English, Drama and the Arts combines the study of drama and/or English literature with key issues in education, such as debates around creativity, learning and culture.

Please see the Faculty of Education website for more information about the tracks.

You attend four to six lectures and seminars, and one or two hours of supervision per week in the first year.

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


The typical A Level offer for Education is A*AA.  The standard IB offer is 40-42 points with 776 at Higher Level. There are no required subjects, but one or more A Levels (or equivalent) in subjects relevant to the chosen track will be useful. For other qualification and equivalency information please see the main University admissions pages.

Applicants are required to submit two pieces of recent written work as part of their application.

Applicants are also required to sit the Education admissions written assessment, if invited to interview.  More information can be found on the University website.


Shortly after submitting your UCAS application, you'll be asked via email to complete an online Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ)In your SAQ you should indicate which track you’re interested in studying.

Life after Cambridge

The Education Tripos equips students to enter a wide range of careers relating to education, including policy making; arts and museum education; journalism; educational activities within the community. The emphasis on understanding contemporary issues in society means that the degree can also lead to careers in a range of other areas such as international organisations, charities and the media.

The undergraduate course provides an excellent opportunity for the study of important issues for those intending to teach. On successful completion of the degree course students who wish to teach will normally proceed to the Faculty's outstanding PGCE courses.

Director of Studies

Dr Sonia llie

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