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Education explores the intellectual, social and psychological development of the child and young person from birth through to adulthood, and the role of literacy, language and creativity in learning.

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Education at ҹѰ

The Education course at Cambridge is a rigorous and rewarding inter-disciplinary degree. The first year offers a broad, compulsory introduction, before you can select to follow a specific pathway in years two and three, combining in-depth study of a particular field of interest with an examination of wider educational and social issues.

It examines the historical contexts shaping educational ideas and movements and the underlying philosophical principles and political beliefs promoting notions of meritocracy, equality, social inclusion, poverty alleviation and human rights. At Cambridge, you will engage with these important contemporary themes and ongoing debates, developing and applying a form of critical literacy suited to addressing the varieties of evidence generated and used by educational researchers, policy-makers and professionals.

You can find further information about studying Education on the University's course . Detailed information is also available on the Faculty's Prospective Undergraduates .

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What are we looking for?

Applicants for the course will not be expected to have a detailed knowledge of the disciplines of education (as these may not have been studied at all before) but will be expected to have some general knowledge of, and intelligent interest in, some of the current issues in education (such as may be discussed in newspapers or in Educational Supplements).

Entry Requirements

No specific subjects at A level are required. Please consult the University's for further information.


Applications to study Education at ҹѰ are submitted through UCAS. The College additionally requires the submission of written work, a separate written assessment and an online interview, as detailed below.

Written Work

Applicants are required to submit two pieces of written work by 2 November. This should be in essay format (not science coursework or a timed exam) and can be extracted from an EPQ. For the March round, all applicants must submit their written work by 8 March.


Those interviewed will sit a written assessment around the time of the interview. Further information about the written assessment can be found on our applying page.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to be interviewed in December (or late March for those applying in the March round). There will be one or two interviews (in total lasting 40-50 minutes) which will be conducted online via Zoom.

For more information about making an application, please visit our application webpages.

You can also find useful information on our Application FAQs page.