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What makes this department at the University of Bristol unique?

  • The School of Education has a 100-year tradition of teaching excellence and world-leading research.
  • A recent University of Bristol-wide student satisfaction survey rated us among the top 10 schools in the University and highest in our faculty for overall student satisfaction.
  • In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, 80 per cent of our research was classed “world leading" or "internationally excellent”.

How does the research at the school benefit the experience of the students at the school?

  • You will work with experts in the field and have the opportunity to learn about an exciting range of cutting-edge research projects.
  • You will have the opportunity to investigate and problem solve during your degree, developing a range of transferable research skills.
  • You will have the opportunity to investigate psychological and educational questions through hands-on research activities.

What does the school do to welcome students when they first start at Bristol?

  • Welcome week
  • Personal tutor for each student who gets to know them individually
  • The school organises course social events on a termly basis
  • There is a student-run society called the Psychology and Education Society. They organise course 'families' for new first-year students and hold activities throughout the year, normally including a ball.

What is the first year timetable like for this course?

Both BSc Education Studies and BSc Psychology in Education students typically take three core units in their first term and two core units and one optional or open unit in their second term. Core units provide the foundational knowledge that you need for your second and third years and also help to develop study skills and build relationships with your tutors and peers. Optional units are offered by the School of Education and open units are available across the University. Usually, each unit consists of a two-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar weekly. Seminars give you an opportunity to deepen your learning about the topic through activities and conversations with your peers.

Read more about Year 1 units:

BSc Education Studies

BSc Psychology in Education

Where can I find out more about the detailed structure and content of the degree programmes?

All the information about our courses is on the School of Education website

What support does the school offer to new students?

  • Welcome week
  • Personal tutor for each student who gets to know them individually
  • The school organises course social events on a termly basis
  • The School of Education has a dedicated Student Wellbeing Officer
  • There is a student-run society called the Psychology and Education Society. They organise course 'families' for new first-year students and hold activities throughout the year.

How will the course set me up for my future career?

  • Bristol is one of the 10 most targeted universities by top UK employers (High Fliers 2021).
  • The Psychology in Education programme provides BPS accreditation which allows progression to professional training.
  • BSc Education Studies facilitates a wide range of options including careers in charity and community sectors – anywhere where education matters.
  • Both programmes could lead to further study at postgraduate level.
  • It is important to note that an undergraduate degree will not facilitate a route into secondary teaching – students will not be able to go onto a secondary PGCE, for example, as they won’t have enough subject specialism. They could go onto a primary PGCE, but would need to have a GCSE science qualification.

Are there any employers or other initiatives that the school works with for industry placements?

In second year, students normally have the opportunity to undertake a placement as part of the credit-bearing unit, Education in Practice. Students who choose this option will usually spend one day a week over the course of their second year making a contribution to a setting where education matters. In the past, students have been placed in school settings (including early years, primary, secondary and special schools), charity organisations, prisons, health settings, social work settings, businesses, local government and in research projects. Students indicate the type of placement experience that they would like and the faculty’s Professional Liaison Network organises the placement.

What opportunities are there to study abroad as part of this course?

There are currently four locations for study abroad with Education Studies. You can view more information about these here.

What are the facilities like on campus that students will use to study this course?

The School of Education is based at the heart of the Clifton Campus.

How many hours (on average) are required outside of lectures for additional work and study?

The University guidance is 200 hours per unit, which equates to around 9 hours of reading, individual and group work per unit per week in addition to attending lectures and seminar.

How do assessments work for the department?

We use a range of different forms of assessments on the BSc Education Studies and BSc Psychology in Education courses, including exams, essays, group and individual presentations, research reports, portfolios, blogs, discussion boards, and posters. On all units, students will receive formative feedback on how to develop their work before they submit summative assessments for marks. Assessment details for each unit are available in the unit catalogues.

What would you say are the main differences between studying at school and study at university?

Studying at university gives you more of an opportunity to develop as an independent learner. This means that we support you to become responsible for managing your own time and also that you get to decide which topics are most interesting and exciting for you; you can then pursue these in your assessments and later in the units that you choose for second and third year.

What are examples of final year projects/dissertations that students have worked on when they study this course?

Our first cohort of third-year students are currently completing their dissertations. They are doing some amazing projects, including original research projects studying:

  • The pedagogies used by Extinction Rebellion
  • The effects of exercise on concentration for Year 1 students
  • Differences in learning experiences of home and international university students
  • The effects of sleep on self-concept
  • Learning transitions as ex-prisoners return to the community
  • Sexuality and education in China
  • And many others!

Anything else I should know about?

SoE undergraduates can participate in a new scheme, run by the Professional Liaison Network, called Meet Your Mentor. The scheme seeks to match first years studying Education Studies or Psychology in Education with a professional who has studied a degree that is the same or similar to yours and is using it in their current role. By taking part in the mentoring scheme, you will enhance your academic studies, helping you think about how what you’re learning is being applied in a real-world setting. You’ll make new connections and will get honest insight into what it’s really like to be working within a role or career that you’re interested in pursuing, from someone who has personal experience in the field.

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