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.

In Education you will study all of the disciplines of education - History, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology - as well as papers that give you an insight into global issues in Education policy. 

From 2017, the Education degree is offering three exciting new tracks:

  • The Education, Psychology and Learning track focuses on education, human development and learning throughout the lifespan in a variety of social and cultural environments. Students will use psychological theory and methods of investigation, to explore people’s intellectual, social and emotional development from birth through to adulthood.

  • In Education, Policy and International Development, students 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 English Literature with key issues in education, such as debates around creativity, learning and culture. For those who enjoy Drama, the track also provides a fantastic opportunity to study this as part of the course.

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


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.

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.

Director of Studies

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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.

More information

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