Education is one of our most powerful means for change and growth in the modern world. You will follow one of three tracks offered by the Education Faculty, in conjuction with other Faculties relevant to your chosen track.

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

  • Education, Policy and International Development considers historical and contemporary discussions, and education’s role in economic and social change.

  • Education, English, Drama and the Arts is the study of English literature with key issues in education, such as debates around creativity, learning and culture, whilst giving you the option of studying practical drama.

Our course provides excellent preparation for a wide range of Masters and doctoral research programmes, both at Cambridge – each track has close links to related MPhil programmes within the Faculty – and elsewhere. Alternatively, for those intending to teach, the course provides a foundation from which to proceed to initial teacher training e.g. PGCE.

The career options for an Education graduate are extremely varied and they find employment in a wide range of occupations and fields in the UK and abroad. Many have gone into academic research, educational psychology and neuroscience, publishing, teaching and the Civil Service, along with those now working in government policy and administration, journalism and the wider media, theatre, community arts, heritage and museum education, management and HR, business and consultancy, charities and NGOs, and international development. Many graduates also pursue careers associated with their combination subject.

Further information about the course can be found on the Faculty and University websites.


Lucy Cavendish aims to admit one to two Education undergraduates each year. Currently, we also have twenty MPhil, Med, and PhD Educationalists, alongside teaching, research, and professorial staff, making Education one of the fastest-growing and most vibrant subject communities in College.

Course Requirements

  • No subject-specific entrance requirements

  • A range of British and international qualifications may be acceptable

  • An A Level, IB Higher Level, or unit in a subject relevant to the Education track you want to study is highly desirable

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Admissions Assessment

  • Most applicants are required to take a subject-specific written admission assessment, either pre-interview or at interview. These assessments are designed to supplement the information in your application and provide a gauge of your abilities - to assess skills, such as comprehension and thinking skills, and levels of knowledge and understanding, relevant to your course. Read more on the University's website here.