Education is an interdisciplinary subject, which encompasses a wide range of approaches to look at the education systems and theories. At Cambridge, the Education degree is offered in three tracks.
Here are some general resources related to Education.
Overview 🔗 This is the Education selection of the University undergraduate prospectus. The most important information about the course is here, including entry requirements, course structure, and prerequisites.
Faculty website 🔗 This is the official Faculty webpage for prospective undergraduates, which links to various resources. The most important of them is the Faculty of Education undergrad prospectus 🔗 🌟, which gives a general overview of what studying Education at Cambridge is like.
Unofficial Prospectus 🔗 This is an unofficial prospectus put together by the Cambridge University Student Union; it’s written based on students’ perspectives and gives a better sense of what the day-to-day experience as an Education student is like, compared to official materials.
On the Cambridge Education course, you follow one of three tracks, studying Education alongside your chosen field of interest. The options are:
These resources should introduce you to Education as a discipline, irrespective of which track you wish to follow.
The Guardian, Education stories 🔗 It’s always useful to keep track of what’s going on in the world of education to consolidate key concepts and understanding.
'Miseducation: Inequality, education & the working classes' by Diane Reay - An exploration into social class and how it relates to education in the UK context. It addresses topics such as the history of education and social class in the UK and social mobility.
'Pedagogy of the Oppressed' by Paulo Freire - An exploration into the ways that education is used to dominate people and how through reform education can be used as way of allowing freedom for people. as it stands, education is a way of controlling people’s thinking keep them “content” in their oppressive positions in society.
'Deschooling Society' by Ivan Illich - A criticism of the idea that schooling is the most effective way of education. Illich argues for a radical reform of education that allows for learning to occur through informal relationships.
Reading Lists 🔗 These are the reading lists for the papers that first-years take. Don’t be intimidated by how long they are; they’re intended to be worked through over the course of a full academic year, and honestly no one reads everything anyway.
FAQ 🔗 🌟 Some useful answers to common questions about the application process.
InsideUni Education interview experiences 🔗 🌟 Current students talk about their interview experience, as well as sharing some tips. We’re biased, but we think they’re useful!