Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code X300
Duration 3 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
Related subjects Education

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Undergraduate admissions team
School of Education
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 8177

School of Education

Top 10 in the UK for Education
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019

No 1 education department in the UK for research impact
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

In the first year, you'll take modules in child psychology and the sociology of education. You'll also study histories of education, explore the curriculum and look at how childhood has been portrayed in different societies and at different times.

In your second year, a work placement module gives you the chance to apply what you've learned. You choose where you want to go. We can help you find the right place if you're stuck. You'll spend up to 180 hours in the workplace and we ask you to keep a journal of your experience.

If you go on a work placement, you might first need to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The School of Education will organise and pay for this. We'll ask you to register with our online DBS service provider and present your required ID documentation. Once approved, your DBS will be posted to your home address.

Throughout the second and third years, you choose from a list of subjects including psychological theory and childhood experience, children and digital cultures, globalising education, philosophy and education, what is learning? and education policy.

Research is an important part of the course. There's a small-scale research project in the second year and an extended dissertation in the third year. We'll also train you in research methods.

In the third-year module Education@Sheffield, you'll present a critique of research by staff in the school. The module is designed to build your confidence so you can engage as an equal with your professors.

You can also study this course on a part-time basis. Contact the School of Education for more information about this study option.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB
A Levels + additional qualifications BBB + B in a relevant EPQ
International Baccalaureate 33
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2
Scottish Highers AAABB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • CACHE Extended Diploma in a relevant subject is also accepted at grade A
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 16%
Independent study 80%
Placement 3%

Exams/tests 3%
Coursework 93%
Practical 4%

School of Education

At the School of Education, we're proud to welcome a vibrant and diverse community, with students based locally, nationally and internationally. Our research has a direct impact on educational theory, policy and practice; we're supporting the development of children, families, schools and learning communities.

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. You'll make links with psychology, sociology, history, cultural studies, politics and philosophy, too - to gain a truly 360-degree perspective on your subject.

Our seminars are interactive and everyone is encouraged to take part. The course director knows every student personally, and you will get a lot of individual support across all of your modules.

Our team of tutors at the School of Education comprise of experts in early childhood education, policy and practice, psychological theory of education, and languages and education. Many of our academic staff are internationally recognised in their specialist areas.

Our placement module is an excellent way to gain valuable work experience, enhancing your skills and influencing your career path. We offer quality work placements that also provide you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in a professional environment. We will support you in selecting an appropriate placement setting, whether you want to focus on teaching or alternatives to teaching.

School of Education website

What our graduates do

Our graduates go into educational leadership and management, educational journalism and publishing, educational research, community education and development, early years services, youth, charity and educational welfare work.

The degree is a sound basis for further training in social work and educational psychology. If you're interested in teaching, you could progress onto a primary PGCE. Or you may decide to stay on for a masters or PhD so you can specialise in an area that interests you.

Student profile

"We have independence, but also have the support of the staff members...the course also helped me discover another thing I was passionate about and that's's not as unapproachable as I thought it would be."

Madawi Alahmad
BA Education, Culture and Childhood

"Not only are the lecturers research active and therefore engaging and passionate about their subject, but they have always been really approachable and friendly."

Lucy Keeling

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