Are you passionate about educating children? Are you interested in becoming a teacher, but also want to keep your options open for other graduate careers in education? Education Studies gives you the opportunity to understand key education issues and relate them to practice, preparing you for a range of careers in the education sector. You’ll learn by exploring real issues facing education today, asking questions such as: Do children have too few or too many rights? Is the national curriculum relevant or outdated? Can ‘ability’ ever be accurately measured? We’ll analyse and debate these issues together, drawing on ideas from a wide range of disciplines including sociology, psychology, history and politics. During your degree, you’ll complete two professional work placements in an educational setting. Linking what you’ve learnt to educational practice, you’ll gain vital experience that will prepare you for a professional role in education or teacher training. Our course is UK-focused, yet draws on the international context. And you’ll have the opportunity to explore education in other countries with our Study Abroad programme, which will give you a distinctive edge if you want to enter the competitive international careers market. **Graduate opportunities** You’ll be prepared for a wide range of education careers, including student support, disability support, teaching support, family support, youth and community work or general graduate-level positions. You’ll also be well-prepared for a career in social work, subject to postgraduate study. If you want to become a teacher, this course will prepare you for postgraduate teacher training at all levels: primary, secondary, further and higher education. **Placement opportunities** Professional work experience is vital when applying for postgraduate study in teacher training or other careers in education. You’ll complete a five-week placement in your first year and a six-week placement in your second year, so you’ll graduate with up to three months’ professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out. We’ll work with you to find a placement that matches your career aspirations, which could be in a variety of organisations, including schools, hospitals and Sure Start centres. We also encourage you to consider volunteering and other work experience in your final year, and can support you in finding relevant opportunities.