Clare College Cambridge


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Welcome to the Education page at Clare College. Here you will find information about studying the new Education degree at Clare, the structure of the degree and where students find careers once they have graduated.


The Cambridge University Course

The new Education degree at Cambridge is a rigorous and rewarding interdisciplinary degree that allows you to draw on social scientific, humanities and scientific knowledge and explore a new discipline – that of education research and practice. In this exciting new degree which starts in October 2017, you will be able to choose one of three tracks, combining an in-depth study of educational and social issues within and alongside particular disciplines:

• The Education, Psychology and Learning track focuses on education from a psychological perspective; exploring human development and education in a variety of social and cultural environments.

• In Education, Policy and International Development, you consider historical and contemporary discussions concerning these areas, and education’s role in economic and social change.

• Education, English, Drama and the Arts combines the study of drama and/or English literature with key issues in education, such as debates around creativity, learning and culture.

You will attend four to six lectures and seminars and have one or two hours of supervision per week in the first year. You are assessed at the end of each year. Depending on the papers studied, this will be through coursework, written examination, or a combination of both. In the third year all students also submit a dissertation. Further detail regarding the structure of the course is given here and on the Faculty website.

The Faculty of Education at Cambridge is considered a leading institution internationally for the quality of its teaching and its cutting-edge research. The attractiveness of its Education degree is in its diversity and flexibility. The degree allows all students to study the core disciplines of education (philosophy, psychology, sociology and the history of education), as well as engage with fundamental questions about the aims and values of education and its relationship to society and social justice. You can address issues about the role of learning in relation to the development of young people’s communication and intellectual skills, develop an understanding of global and national concerns about educational justice and human rights and/or explore the creative and educative power of the arts and culture. Further you will become skilled in conducting research into complex and sometimes controversial topics.

Career Opportunities

The course provides you with excellent preparation for a wide range of Masters and doctoral research programmes in education and in the social sciences and humanities at Cambridge and elsewhere. The new Education degree is designed to prepare you for contemporary employment opportunities in a wide range of careers relating to education. These include: working in educational, cultural and economic development policy and administration in international, national and local government, charities and community organisations; working in the creative and performing arts world, museums and other cultural agencies; educational journalism and the media; and, a range of psychological and psychology-related careers working with children, youth and adults. For those intending to teach, depending on your choice of papers, the course provides a foundation from which to proceed to some postgraduate initial teacher training courses. Education students wishing to continue to graduate studies can remain at Clare College, and a number of Education students have taken that option through to Masters and doctoral level work.

Admissions Requirements

There are no specific requirements on subjects studied at A-level for Education candidates. A typical offer would be A*AA at A-level or 7,7,6 (40+ overall) in the IB, or the equivalent from other educational systems.

Written Assessment

All applicants who are selected for interview are required to take the university-wide at-interview written assessment for Education. Further information about this is available here.


Applicants who are selected for interview will be called for interview in the second or third week of December. Each applicant will normally have two interviews.

Director of Studies in Education

Dr Sue Brindley University Senior Lecturer in Education. Dr Brindley will oversee your progress through the Education Tripos and arrange your supervisions. 

See Student Profile: Zuzana Masárová