Education is one of our most powerful means for change and growth in the modern world. On our course, you follow one of three tracks, studying Education alongside your chosen field of interest, which will include the opportunity to study in other Faculties relevant to your chosen track.

* 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 is the study of English literature with key issues in education – such as debates around creativity, learning and culture – while 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 some initial teacher training courses, e.g., a PGCE.

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. 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.

Director of Studies

Dr Jonathan Padley

Course Requirements

A Level: A*AA

IB: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level

Access to HE Diploma (especially either Languages, Literature, and Culture; or Social Sciences): Distinctions in all relevant subject units

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

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 one-hour written assessment as part of their visit. More information can be found on the Entry Requirements tab of the University webpage.

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.