Where the degree can take you

Our Education, Culture and Childhood BA degree is an interdisciplinary and experiential course that opens up a wide range of possible career choices. Many of our students progress onto further specialised education, most commonly in initial teacher education, social work, or moving towards educational psychology. Others choose broader graduate professions, but these often involve working with children and young people.

Our course meets the need for highly skilled graduates with knowledge of education and childhood studies and the academic staff who teach on the course work closely with you from day one to help you prepare for your future. Many graduates in the areas of Education and Childhood Studies progress to full-time postgraduate study, on masters and PhD courses. This is due to the emphasis on research skills and critical inquiry throughout the degree and the core modules in the second and third year.

Photograph of Undergraduate studentsCareers and employability is integrated into our curriculum so you will benefit from content on these topics throughout the degree. For example in the second year, you can attend sessions that focus on routes into teaching, so if you are considering this career path you will gain further information and can then seek a placement that will give you experience in this field. You will receive support with personal tutorials on professional development, which are tailored according to the needs of each student. You can also take advantage of our industry contacts via the University’s e-mentoring schemes and employer skill sessions.

One of the core components of our undergraduate degree is the work placement module which all students undertake. You will have the opportunity to gain experience and develop skills in a professional environment that relates to your career aspirations. The placements that we offer are developed in response to student demand and you will receive support during your placement.

Careers Service

While you are studying on the course, you have access to the rich resources on offer through the Universities' Careers Service. They deliver a range of practical activities to help you develop your CV whilst at University and prepare for what happens after you finish your course.

The Careers Service runs a varied programme of activities open to all students, to help you with career-related issues. They also offer opportunities to meet employers at presentations, fairs and informal small-group meetings. See Our events for their calendar of activities.

A Degree with Employment Experience

You can study our degree under the University's 'Degree with Employment Experience' option. This allows you to apply for a placement year during your degree and gain valuable employment experience.

University of Sheffield placements