Lucy Cavendish aims to admit one to two undergraduates in Education each year. We also currently 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.

The BA in Education at Cambridge enables students to follow one of three specific routes which reflect the particular strengths of research and teaching in the Faculty: English, Drama & the Arts in Education; Education, Psychology and Learning; and Education, Policy and International Development.  Graduates will go on to pursue careers in the arts, media, policy, education, social science, NGOs and the public sector.  Continuation to some initial teacher training routes is possible, as is progress to the M.Phil degrees in Education at Cambridge.

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

Director of Studies

Dr Liz Duignan

Course Requirements

We have in the past accepted applicants with a range of qualifications, but it is essential that candidates for English, Drama & the Arts in Education have a good A-level (or equivalent) in English Literature/English Language. Applicants intending to pursue a career in teaching will need GCSEs (or equivalent) in Mathematics, English and Science, at grade C or above.

See the general Entrance Requirements and FAQ for more information about our academic conditions. You can also contact our Admissions Office with queries.

Admissions Assessment

Applicants invited for interview will be asked to sit a written assessment on the day of their interviews. This assessment will last no longer than one hour, and will be similar in content and format to the assessment used by other colleges. Specifications can be found in the Entry Requirements section here.

Ateka was working full-time in retail when she decided to re-sit A-level History, adding an Access to Education Diploma at Westminster Kingsway College. Lucy Cavendish has exactly the kind of atmosphere I wanted, though I never expected to meet so many lovely and interesting people. Every corner I turn, I bump into a friendly face and a happy greeting. And the great thing about the Education course is that I have been able to study the issues that I was interested in prior to applying (equality of opportunity, and the challenges faced by those from certain class and cultural backgrounds), and be more critical in my approach towards them. Although you do need a great amount of stamina at Cambridge, you feel an incredible sense of empowerment and achievement every time you complete an essay.

Laura came to Cambridge with an Oxford Foundation Certificate in English Literature, alongside A-levels in English and History, having previously worked as an ultrasound technician for a London Healthcare Trust. Lucy Cavendish occupies a unique position within the larger university and it has made it possible for me to call Cambridge my home. Coxing for the Boat Club has been one of my most enjoyable experiences, and the College has provided financial support when I needed it most, as well as pastoral support, and a safe environment, where I can really explore every opportunity. The Education course here is uniquely inter-disciplinary and allows you to make critical links across an incredibly wide field; you can focus your interests on any one of the disciplines whilst maintaining a broad multi-faceted overview.