Social sciences

Top universities where you can study education

Do you want to inspire the next generation? If so a degree in education is your first step to a rewarding career in teaching. Most university level education courses prepare students for a number of roles in primary, secondary and college-level education.

Most courses will combine theory and practice and will include at least one placement in a school. The theoretical elements draw from a range of disciplines like history, sociology and psychology and will look at themes like young people’s development, the history and philosophy of education, understanding young people, the learning environment and child behaviour.

The practical elements of education training involve looking at your professional and academic development, as well as educational strategies which involves developing communication skills, looking at future career aspirations, and leadership and teamwork. The later stages of education courses will usually require students to spend time in schools as teaching assistants or student teachers, taking classes and putting their learning into practice in a real-world environment.

After completing an undergraduate qualification, most students will go on to a postgraduate scheme where they receive a professional qualification enabling them to teach at primary, secondary or further level. Other graduate destinations include working as an education officer in a museum or gallery or working with young people as part of a charity or government scheme.

Teaching in higher education will require further specialisation at master’s level or above, depending on the subject and position. Teaching can be a demanding job, especially in the public sector with new teachers required to work long hours marking and preparing lessons outside of school hours.