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BA Education, Culture and Childhood

Our BA in Education, Culture and Childhood is a three-year undergraduate course designed to prepare you for a career in almost any area of education or children's services. You could go into teaching, management, social work, youth services, research or even journalism and publishing.

This degree is one of only a few in the country to combine the fields of education and childhood studies. This gives you an extra layer of knowledge and insight in the workplace, and opens up a range of rewarding career options.

You'll investigate child development and educational theory, and gain a thorough understanding of current policy and practice. You'll make links with psychology, sociology, history, cultural studies, politics and philosophy, too – to gain a truly 360-degree perspective on your subject.

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Optional modules allow you to explore related subjects or develop your professional skills more explicitly. You can even learn a language.

We'll also train you in educational research methods. You'll learn an approach to your work that will stay with you throughout your career – so you have the flexibility and insight to adapt to changes in your chosen profession.

The BA Education, Culture and Childhood combines two academic subject areas—Education Studies and Childhood Studies. This allows you to gain a detailed understanding of the themes underpinning current educational policy and practice as well as critically engage with issues surrounding child development and the meaning of childhood.

Thanks to this our course has a diverse curriculum, which enables you to develop a wealth of high-level transferable skills, alongside an in depth knowledge of the subject area.

The course also includes a work placement in the second year of study, which allows you to further develop and apply your knowledge in a professional workplace setting of your own choice.

Broadening your academic knowledge and developing transferable skills

As well as learning about your subject, during your time at Sheffield you’ll have opportunities to broaden your academic knowledge and develop your transferable skills. Making the most of these opportunities will not only help you perform better on your degree but will also prepare you for further study and/or future employment.

As you go through your course you will learn essential academic skills, including how to: write academic essays or reports, do presentations, work in teams, plan and manage your time, find, evaluate and accurately cite reference material from diverse sources such as books, journals and the internet, and how to make the best use of IT. These are part of a broader set of skills and attributes that the University would like you to have achieved by the time you graduate.

We believe that a university degree is more than just studying your chosen subject. We also want you to be able to develop your transferable skills, and we offer you the opportunity to enhance your CV by participating in a range of extra-curricular activities that will be both personally fulfilling and attractive to potential employers.

Take a look at some of the opportunities available to you as a Sheffield student:

GLOSS (Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences)

Summer Schools

Global Scholars

US in Schools Mentoring

Student experience

Sheffield offers one of the best student experiences in the UK – we were voted top in the Russell Group and third in the UK for student experience in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017. There is a lot going on, you can meet new friends, learn new skills, get more active, volunteer, and discover more about yourself.

As a student you will have access to hundreds of opportunities to make your university experience unforgettable, which will make you even more employable when you graduate. Find out about the range of opportunities available to you as a University of Sheffield Student.







BA Education, Culture and Childhood with Foundation Year

If you are returning to education and don’t have the usual qualifications, we also offer a degree in Education, Culture and Childhood with a foundation year specially designed for mature learners who have been out of formal education for an extended period of time, or who do not have the standard academic qualifications needed to enter directly into the first year of degree level study. For more information, visit the Department for Lifelong Learning. It is also possible to study for this degree on a part-time basis.