Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code X300
Duration 3 years
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Related subjects Education

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School of Education
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School of Education

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

UK top 10 for education
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

Course description

Our course is one of only a few in the country to combine education and childhood studies. You'll investigate different perspectives - philosophical, psychological, sociological, historical - to get a 360-degree view on educational theory, policy and practice.

You'll discover some of the key issues surrounding child development and child psychology, and explore the themes that shape current educational policy and practice. A work placement in the second year gives you the chance to develop your knowledge and skills in a professional environment.

You'll be taught by academic staff who are internationally recognised for research in their specialist areas. Many of them have won awards for their teaching while others are practitioners in fields such as educational psychology.

In the first year, you'll take modules in child psychology and the sociology of education. You'll develop practical skills in discerning data to help you become a critical researcher. You'll also have the opportunity to study histories of education, explore the curriculum and look at how childhood has been portrayed in different societies at different times.

In the second and third years, you choose from a list of subjects. Topics cover areas such as educational psychology, learning theory, globalising education, children and digital cultures, philosophies of education and education policy. We'll also train you in educational research methods. There's a small-scale research project in the second year and an extended dissertation in the third year.

Work placement
In your second year, a placement module gives you the chance to apply what you've learned and deepen your understanding through work experience. You can choose to undertake your placement with a variety of organisations including primary schools, nurseries, special educational needs schools, CAMHS Services, Sheffield City Council Young People Services, educational theatre groups, and educational trusts such as farms and museums. We support you in finding the right placement for you. You'll spend 70-180 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, which is funded by the School of Education. Non-UK clearance is necessary if you've spent three consecutive months or more in any other country in the past five years. It is often easier to obtain the clearance while in residence in the relevant country. The clearing will become invalid if you return to that country for a period of three consecutive months or more prior to the placement.

How we teach
There will be a small number of students in your year group, so you will get to know each other and your tutors well. There will be some lectures but much of the teaching is through seminars, either as a year group, or in smaller groups. This creates a supportive learning environment where you can explore a topic in detail and exchange ideas.

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 (Politics, Sociology, Childhood Studies or Psychology)
International Baccalaureate 33
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
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 4/C; 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. Our teaching is interactive and hands-on. There will be some lectures but most of your learning will come through seminars, either as a year group, or in smaller groups. This creates a supportive learning environment where you can explore a topic in detail and exchange ideas. Your module tutor will also provide individual support. We assess your learning through written coursework, presentations, and exams. Feedback is swift, personalised, and is part of an ongoing dialogue to support your future development.

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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