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Undergraduate Education degrees – University of Reading

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  • Practical placements to complement your studies

    We offer an unusually flexible and broad range of placements

  • Transforming lives through education

    Become an outstanding educational practitioner

Undergraduate Education degrees

Our combination of award-winning academics, incredible facilities and supportive environment makes the Institute of Education an excellent choice for those wanting to pursue a career in education but one outside the typical teaching environment.

At the Institute of Education we offer two undergraduate courses without QTS as an outcome: BA Educational Studies, a distinctive and innovative course for those wishing to study education and learning in its broadest sense; and the BA Children's Development and Learning, a vocational degree that will enable you to develop your skills in the children's workforce.


If you are interested in our BA Children's Development and Learning, you will first need to complete the Foundation Degree in Children's Development and Learning.  

How you'll learn

You can be confident of the Institute of Education and the quality of the education you will receive here. Our academic community has a breadth of experience and their research has a direct impact on school curricula and learning techniques, both in the UK and abroad.

You will learn through interactive, discussion-based techniques, which encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge.

Our teaching is interactive, experiential and innovative. We utilise a variety of technologies to enhance learning, including making use of presentation tools, interactive whiteboards, mixed media, social media and mobile technologies.

You will develop a toolkit of knowledge and skills which will ensure you are well prepared to tackle challenges and opportunities throughout your career.

On the BA Education Studies, instead of a exams you are assessed on a range of assignments throughout the course, including essays, reports, presentations and portfolios.

“High-quality research is used to inform trainees about educational theory and develop their understanding.”

Ofsted Initial teacher education inspection report – September 2016


We are renowned for the care and support we provide for our students. In the 2019 National Student Survey, 96% of students were satisfied with academic support they received from the Institute of Education.

The thoughtful learning environment we have created ensures that all students receive high levels of support and that any potential issues are addressed as early as possible.

At the Institute of Education, we are keen to recognise and treat you as an individual - all our students have a unique background and unique aspirations, motivations and needs, and therefore require distinct support and guidance. Our world-class academics are open and friendly and can be approached at any time for guidance and support.

Alongside care from your tutors, our open and friendly community also encourages a strong peer support network, which benefits you both during your studies and throughout your career.

Facilities and resources

Our location in Reading gives you the benefits of a vibrant town with the convenience of excellent transport connections both nationally and internationally.

The Institute of Education is based in our historic London Road campus, which has undergone a £30 million refurbishment of the classical Oxford-cloistered quadrangle to create a dedicated world-class education centre.

We have created custom-built studios and laboratories for the teaching of specialist subjects such as music, PE, drama, the sciences, ICT, and art. There is a small reference library on site and of course you have access to the main library on the Weeknights campus which is open 24/7 during term-time. A printing and binding facility, and technical equipment library are also available for your use.

The Learning Hub

We have an incredible collection of teaching resources housed in the Learning Hub. A treasure trove for educators, the Learning Hub contains every type of teaching aid imaginable for loan or for reference, from big books to puppets.

As well as those at the London Road campus, further facilities are available just a 15-minute walk away at our award-winning Whiteknights campus.


Students need to be in employment to complete the BA Children's Development and Learning but the BA Education Studies offers students the chance to gain experience on a work placement.

Placements offer you an exciting opportunity to enhance work-related skills and develop a network of contacts. The connections you make with potential employers allows you to build professional network whilst you study.

We offer our students an unusually flexible and broad range of settings and educational environments - you will have the opportunity to gain experience in special needs schools, Pupil Referral Units, independent schools, museums, and charities.

Use your placements to explore opportunities that interest you - as a chance to experience a potential career path.

Study abroad

On the BA Education Studies, we offer you the opportunity to study abroad as part of your degree in one of our European partner institutions.  

Studying abroad will not lengthen your course and any credit accumulated will count towards your final degree. Please note that you will need permission from your department to study abroad.

Visit our University of Reading Study Abroad pages to learn more studying abroad.



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