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BA Education, Culture and Childhood

As an undergraduate with us you'll study for our BA in Education, Culture and Childhood. This three-year course is 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.

Our undergraduate 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.

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 and it can be difficult to know what to do or where to start. 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.

Learning experience

The University of Sheffield has a commitment to providing you with the best learning experience possible, we outline our commitment to this partnership with you in this document.

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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.