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.

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

For more information, see the general Entrance Requirements and FAQs, or contact our Admissions Office (

Admissions Assessment

  • Pre-interview assessment is not required for Lucy Cavendish
  • Applicants invited for interview sit a written assessment on the day of interview.  This assessment will last no longer than one hour, and will be similar in content and format to the assessment used by other colleges, prior to interview. Specifications can be found here.

Director of Studies:  Dr Jonathan Padley

Jonathan became DoS in Education at Lucy Cavendish in 2018. He is a researcher in English children’s literature from the eighteenth century to the present day, and is also interested in interdisciplinary dialogues between literature, media, music, science, and theology.




Student Profiles


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 more


Laura came to Cambridge with an Oxford Foundation Certificate in English more