Our essential guide to what you will learn on an education course, the subjects you’ll need to study to obtain a place on a degree programmer and the jobs that will open to you once you graduate.education
What can you do with an education degree?
As expected, many students of education degrees wish to enter a career teaching children or adults. However, not everyone chooses to become a teacher.
As you complete your degree,
you may find that other aspects of education interest you more.
Or perhaps you may want to work in civil service or business.
Education degrees teach many skills from communication and management skills to lateral thinking and coping with stress.
There are many jobs for education graduates to choose from including:
- Nursery teacher
- Secondary school teacher
- Teaching English as a second language
- Academic advisor
- Career counsellor
- University recruiter
What is education?
Education is the study of the process of receiving and giving systematic instruction.
As a degree, it mixes a theoretical grounding in the history,
anthropology, sociology and economics of education, psychology and human development,
and applied courses on teaching methods.
Different degrees may specialise in areas such as early childhood education,
health and physical education, primary teaching,
secondary teaching or secondary teaching/vocational education.
They can also allow you to specialise in teaching a specific subject matter.
An education degree will give you a set of key,
transferable skills such as an ability to work and communicate with children,
effective oral and written communication,
information and communication technology savviness, research and analytical skills,
problem-solving skills, teamwork ability, self-management, organisation and time management skills.
In addition, the course will help you design curricula,
plan lessons, target the learning capability of students and create healthy and dynamic learning environments.
What might you find on an education degree?
The course will mix theoretical and applied courses.
Below are a few examples of different strands of education degrees.
In sociology, you will learn about how socio-economic
and political factors can affect educational institutions and children’s development around the world, and may also think about inclusive education.
In philosophy, you will ask fundamental questions such as what is knowledge,
what it means to teach and to learn, what is character and how can you shape it,
what is the purpose of education etc.
In the applied part of the course,
you will do modules on general pedagogy, inclusive approaches to provision for disability,
informal learning methods, student-led learning,
classroom dynamics, play and pedagogy, cultural and linguistic integration of immigrant students.