This is a course where you learn about educational issues and relate them to practice, in preparation for a career in education. You learn about the sociology, psychology, philosophy and history of education. You question the purposes of education and evaluate who it benefits and why. You debate current issues in education, such as testing and assessment, children and healthy eating, learning in the virtual world, prisoner education, ADHD and inclusion. You develop your expertise in a range of areas, asking questions such as • How do people learn? • What counts as education and what counts as knowledge? • Why do we value certain types of knowledge more than others? • How does the digital age impact on what we know about teaching and learning? What role does and should technology play? • Is the school system fair? Who does it favour? • How could we do education differently? Could we educate without teachers? Key areas include • cultural representations of education • education policy • disability and inclusion • teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) • social justice in education • international perspectives on education • research methods • different educational contexts. You learn through lectures, seminars and work placements, supported by your own academic tutor. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme. **Placements and work experience** Each year you gain valuable experience and professional skills on placement in a school, college or other education-related organisations. We guarantee to find you a placement, unless you choose to source your own. Your placement prepares you for working life, and can help inform your career choices when you graduate. The experience you gain is also attractive to prospective employers. You complete three placements during the course in different and contrasting settings, so you experience a variety of educational environments. In year one, you spend 19 days on placement. Your placement starts with one block week, then you attend two days a week for the following seven consecutive weeks. In year two, you spend 16 days on placement. You attend two days a week over eight consecutive weeks. Alternatively, you can choose to take an international placement, working abroad with one of our partner institutions. We have arrangements with universities in Germany, Spain, Australia and Las Vegas, USA. In year three, you complete 14 days on placement and five research days completing a small-scale enquiry. You attend two days a week over seven consecutive weeks. **Facilities** From 2016 this course will be based in our landmark £30million Charles Street building in the city centre. It will be home to Sheffield Institute of Education, a national centre of education recognised for excellence and innovation in teaching and learning.