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Frequently asked questions

What is Educational Studies?

Educational Studies is a broad-based social science which looks at education from many perspectives: history, social policy, psychology and literature are all included.

For advice on what you can do with one of our degrees, please see the Careers in education page.

Will this course give me a teacher training qualification?

No, but the option to follow up with a PGCE is there if you want it. Our graduates go into a range of careers as well as teaching.

Can I visit the Department before I apply?

You are welcome to visit us.

There are several Departmental Visit Days throughout the Autumn and Spring terms, which include an introductory talk by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, a tour of campus with an undergraduate guide, opportunities to meet staff and students individually and ask questions, and mini-lectures on educational studies topics.

If you would like to arrange a visit please contact the Undergraduate Programme Administrator.

Tel: 01904 433451

What qualifications do I need?

If you are a sixth-former applying for a single subject degree programme (Educational Studies or English in Education), we normally expect you to have grades BBB or better at A level. For Psychology in Education, we normally expect ABB or better at A level.

Can I study abroad?


If you are interested in spending some time overseas during your degree at York, you can apply for one of the universities with which we have close links. Depending on the destination you may be able to study abroad for a full academic year or one term/semester. In addition to study abroad, there are also short-term summer opportunities (International Study Centres, Summer Schools and Travel Awards) you can apply for. Find out more about global opportunities for Education students. 

Will I get practical experience during my degree?

Yes, both the BA Educational Studies and the BA English in Education have the option of doing a work placement in the autumn term of your second or third year.

You can also get classroom experience by joining the York Students in Schools volunteering programme.

Contact us

Undergraduate Programme Administrator

Tel: +44 (0)1904 323451

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