**Education and Counselling Studies** is a popular course combination leading to a range of career opportunities. The course is ideal for those considering careers in primary teaching, learning support or family support, management roles in the education or third sector and roles requiring the skills of understanding, care and support. Whilst this course does not provide a professional counselling training, it provides an excellent basis for postgraduate training as a counsellor or psychotherapist with children and young people. Whilst not leading to recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), these courses are intended for students who have an interest in education as a career in all its forms. A joint honours programme with Education Studies is an excellent programme from which to progress to a Primary PGCE or to a Secondary PGCE. Furthermore within our courses there is the option to undertake an ‘Introduction to the Teaching Profession’ module which provides additional support for students whose aspiration is to enroll on teacher training courses. Students who complete an Education Studies course and meet the criteria are guaranteed and interview for a place on our PGCE Course. Students involved in the study of education are exposed to a range of practices, theories and ideas that underpin how the work of education is conducted here in the UK and further afield. The Education Studies programmes are underpinned by a discussion of issues related to learning theory; individual development; education and society; equality and opportunity; access and inclusion; educational alternatives; and organisational change. A number of our students also have interests that relate to other areas of allied educational work, such as youth, community and charity work or training and development. In response to this, the programme also draws on aspects of critical theory to explore issues of social justice, globalisation, sustainability and education and the environment.