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Frequently Asked Questions


What do you mean when you talk about the ‘three tracks’?

The word ‘track’ is used to describe each of the routes available to students on the Education course. Although the course has just one UCAS code, all students will follow one of the three tracks available.

Can I study on more than one track?

No – you follow one of the three tracks for the full three years. However, it is possible to borrow papers from the other tracks at various stages of the course. You should specify which track you wish to follow in your Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ).

I will be starting the Education course in October 2017. Is there any reading I should do before I arrive?

You will be sent out information closer to October with updated information about reading lists. In the meantime, please see this document for general course reading. If you are studying Education, English, Drama and the Arts, please also see here: EnglishEnglish and Drama

If you have any further questions, please email Eve on 

I am applying to study Education in the future. What should I be reading in preparation for making my application?

You might find this list useful. Please note, however, that this list relates to a slightly different (older) version of the course from the one you are applying to, so make sure the things you are reading are relevant to the current course and to the track you are applying to. 

The most important thing to demonstrate in your application is that you have a genuine passion for Education and for your chosen track. We encourage you to explore your own interests within Education and to find issues that really intrigue you. 

If you have any questions about applying to study Education, please contact Eve at

I am interested in visiting the Faculty. Who can I speak to about this?

There are a number of opportunities for prospective applicants to visit the Faculty, either individually or as part of a school group. Please see the contact section for more information. To keep up to date with news on our access and outreach activities, please join our mailing list.

I am not predicted A*AA at A-level. Can I still apply?

Cambridge requires top grades in the highest level qualifications available for school/college students in whatever system you're being educated. For more information about the University’s general entry requirements, please visit

Is my A-level or equivalent subject combination good preparation for this course?

Education is a broad interdisciplinary degree and there is therefore no typical academic profile of an Education applicant. For information about College specific requirements, please visit the website of the College you are applying to. For a general overview of post-16 subject choices, please read the following document:

I can’t find the name of the course on UCAS. What should I do?

All three tracks are under the same UCAS code, so make sure you are searching for ‘Education’ rather than, for example, ‘Psychology and Learning’.

I am a teacher who is interested in finding out more about studying Education at Cambridge. Who can I speak to about this?

Please visit the contact area of the site and email Eve at for more information. To keep up to date with news on our access and outreach activities, please join our mailing list.

Is the Education course a teacher training course?

No, the Educational course is a non-vocational, academically rigorous interdisciplinary course which gives students the opportunity to study Education as a social science in its own right.

Will successful completion of the Education course prepare me for a PGCE or other teacher training course?

Some students on the Education course do choose to go on to train to teach, and the course provides a good foundation for some teacher training routes. To find out whether your chosen track will prepare you for a particular teacher training route, please email Eve at

Will I be taught in my College or in the Faculty?

For the majority of the time you will be taught in the Faculty, but you will also have small-group teaching (known as supervisions) in your College. These sessions will provide an opportunity for you to discuss your academic work in a smaller group. To find out more, please visit the ‘How Will I Be Taught?’ section of each track page.

How far away is the Faculty from the centre of Cambridge?

The Faculty is located to the south of Cambridge city centre, just 10 minutes’ walk from the train station and 25 minutes’ walk from the centre of town. There are frequent buses from outside of the Faculty that travel into the city centre and to the other University buildings. The Faculty is located just 5 minutes’ walk away from the Cambridge Leisure Park with numerous restaurants, supermarkets, a cinema, a gym and an arts venue. We also have the added advantage of a modern, spacious building with a fantastic library and our own café.

How does the College system work?

Cambridge is a ‘collegiate’ university. This means that it comprises various faculties and departments in different academic subjects (in our case, the Faculty of Education) as well as a number of Colleges. The Faculty organises lectures, seminars, practicals and projects and sets and marks examinations. The Colleges are responsible for admission of undergraduate students, providing academic and pastoral care and offer accommodation, places to eat and recreational facilities. Colleges also organise small-group teaching (known as supervisions).

Is there a specific College I should apply to if I want to study Education?

All Education students, regardless of their College, attend the same lectures and seminars and sit the same exams, so no College is ‘best’ for Education. The Education course is available at all Colleges except Corpus Christi, Girton, King’s, Murray Edwards, Newnham, Pembroke, Peterhouse, St Catherine’s, Sidney Sussex, Trinity and Trinity Hall (Education, English, Drama and the Arts is not available at Emmanuel). Please see this list to find out which Colleges offer the Education course and who the Director of Studies at each College is.

I am interested in the course but I’m not sure if Cambridge is right for me. Who can I speak to about this?

There is no typical ‘Cambridge student’. The University and Faculty is committed to admitting students of the highest intellectual ability, regardless of background. The Education course is particularly diverse and we are keen to represent this in the cohort of students. To find out more about whether the course, or whether Cambridge, is right for you, email Eve at

Do I have to study Drama if I study on the Education, English, Drama and the Arts track?

If you study on the Education, English, Drama and the Arts track you will have the option to study Drama, but this is not a compulsory aspect of the course.

How do I specify which track I want to study?

You need to specify this in your SAQ.

What is an SAQ?

SAQ stands for ‘Supplementary Application Questionnaire’. It is an extra form that all applicants submit after their UCAS form that provides Colleges with some extra information about you that is not included on your UCAS form.

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