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Undergraduate Study - BA in Education

  • Undergraduate Study - BA in Education

Faculty of Education

Overview of the BA in Education

The BA in Education is a three year undergraduate degree course. This flexible interdisciplinary programme offers a broad, compulsory introduction in year one, followed by the opportunity to select papers across a range of disciplines, or to focus more closely on a particular area you may be interested in exploring in more depth.


  • approximately four to six lectures and seminar
  • plus one or two hours of supervision per week


You are assessed at the end of each year. Depending on the papers studied, this will be thorough practical work, coursework, written examination, or a combination of these. In the third year, all students also submit a dissertation

Find out more about the course structure, how to apply or contact us for further information.

Where can the BA in Education take you?

Higher Education

Our course provides excellent preparation for a wide range of Masters degrees and doctoral research programmes at Cambridge and elsewhere.

Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

Alternatively, for those intending to teach, the course provides a foundation from which to proceed to initial teacher training in primary education.

Career options for graduates

The career options for graduates are extremely varied and they find employment in a wide range of occupations in the UK and abroad. As well as further study and teaching, our students have gone into research, educational research and neuroscience publishing, and the Civil Service. Others now work in government policy and administration, the media, theatre, heritage and museum education, HR, business and consultancy, charities and NGOs, and international development.

The Careers Service runs a number of events exclusively for Cambridge students, giving students the opportunity to develop their employability skills and meet potential employers:

  • Graduate Schemes and Internships Event
  • Consultancy Event
  • Careers in Creative Industries Event
  • Work to Change the World Event
  • Skills and briefing sessions
  • Careers panels and talks (e.g. Careers Briefing: ‘I don’t want to work in the City!’)
  • Employer-led skills sessions (e.g. sessions on how to tackle Assessment Centres for careers in the not-for-profit sector)


The Donald McIntyre Building

The home of the Faculty of Education, the Donald McIntyre building has a variety of classrooms and computer rooms, as well as a PhD room for our doctoral students and a observation laboratory for the use of our Research Groups. This is also where you'll find the Undergraduate and PGCE office, IT services, AV services and the Library.

The Library

The Education Library supports the Faculty’s seven teaching programmes and three world-leading research centres. The Library has 58,000 physical items, over 100 study spaces, a curate online library of thousands of ebook titles, tailored library guides, plus a knowledgeable team with extensive experience in supporting Education students.

Undergraduate Open Days

The University runs undergraduate Open Days throughout the year. Check back here to keep up to date on when we’re running our next series of events, or find out more, head to the Cambridge Open Days page.