Welcome to the Department of Education and Childhood

The Department of Education and Childhood at UWE Bristol is a vibrant community committed to enhancing and transforming the lives of our students, and the children, young people and adults they work with.

Partnership is at the heart of everything we do, and we have excellent collaborative relationships with a wide range of schools, colleges, early years settings and other learning and cultural organisations. Bristol is a dynamic city with plenty of opportunities for career-enhancing work and leisure.

We run an undergraduate degree for trainee primary teachers, and a programme for colleagues who have a Foundation degree and who are already working in educational support roles to complete an Honours degree. We have a thriving Early Childhood programme designed for those who want to work with and/or on behalf of children. This programme leads into a variety of interesting careers, and some of our Early Childhood students also study for Early Years Teacher Status alongside their degree. We also have a new, future-facing BA(Hons) Education with pathways in digital learning and in special needs.

For graduates, we offer PGCEs in Early Years, Primary, or Secondary and we have been judged by Ofsted to provide high-quality courses across our teacher education provision. We partner with schools and teaching alliances across the region as partners in School Direct postgraduate teacher training.

For qualified professionals we run a very successful MA Education programme, and a Professional Doctorate in Education. We are also working on a range of new programmes, including international initiatives.

Experienced tutors and leading researchers and practitioners in their fields teach in the department. We have excellent facilities with good IT support and a range of flexible study areas and online learning tools for students.

Mandy Lee
Head of Department, Education and Childhood

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