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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.

The course

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:

In the first year students take four papers (a combination of lectures and seminars), and attend a further one to two hours of supervision per week. Students are 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 benefits of Education at Fitzwilliam College

The Education Tripos at Fitzwilliam 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; international development; international policy making. 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.

Students on the Education Tripos at Fitzwilliam benefit from the interdisciplinary community of students and fellows, can access travel and support funds to enable them to obtain further experience relevant to their chosen Tripos track, and become members of a group of Education scholars researching a range of topics in a variety of international contexts.

Entry requirements

Our standard conditional offer for this subject is A*AA or 40-42 points overall and 7, 7, 6 at Higher Level in IB. We may modify offers to take account of individual circumstances. There are no specific required subjects, but one or more A Levels (or equivalent) in subjects relevant to the chosen track are highly desirable. For other qualification and equivalency information please see the main University admissions pages.

The admissions process

Applicants are required to submit one piece of recent written work as part of their application.

Candidates invited to interview are required to sit a written assessment which will consist of an essay on a topic in Education. Candidates can normally expect two interviews, lasting between 20-30 minutes. 

Director of Studies

Dr Sonia Ilie is the Director of Studies (external) in Education at Fitzwilliam College and a University Lecturer at the Faculty of Education. Her research interests include: higher education access and learning; inequalities in access to education; student attainment and progression; quantitative methods in education.

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