Course structure

Year 1

During your first year you’ll study a range of modules designed to provide a solid foundation to your studies. You’ll take modules in child psychology, the sociology of education and the history of education. You’ll also explore the rational curriculum and look at how childhood has been portrayed across different societies at different times.

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Year 2

In your second year you have a choice of subjects, including educational psychology, education policy, and a module looking at the impact of digital technology on children’s lives. You’ll also develop your research skills and will have the opportunity to do a small-scale research project.
Work placement
At the end of your second year you’ll be able to apply some of the theory you’ve learned in a professional workplace situation. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to gain valuable work experience that enhances both your knowledge and your future career prospects.

Year 3

In your final year you’ll undertake an extended piece of research on a topic of your own choice. You will also explore the importance of philosophy to the study of education and critique the nature and purpose of education in the 'Philosophies of Education' module.

Alongside these, there are optional modules looking at a range of issues, from globalisation, to education research, to theories of learning.

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’re likely to 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. They are part of a broader set of skills and attributes that the University would like you to have achieved by the time you graduate.