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Education and Childhood Studies

Get connected

Take advantage of our huge network of schools and institutions

Forward your career

Study a PGCE and earn Qualified Teacher Status

Workplace learning

Complete a work placement on every course in a school environment

Our education courses aim to set you up for a variety of different futures.  

Our education courses aim to set you up for a variety of different futures. Our Education and Early Childhood Studies undergraduate degrees will put you in the strongest position to start many child support related careers, or to study a postgraduate PGCE and become a qualified teacher. Whereas with our BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS course, you’ll graduate as a fully qualified teacher, ready to step into the world of work.

All our courses will give you access to a variety of work placements. Here you'll learn how to make a valuable education team contribution. You'll also cover areas like safeguarding which will help qualify you to work in child protection. You'll learn from professionals with direct experience. You'll also hear specialist guest speakers discuss different roles in employment. You'll learn through interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials, projects, group work and study placements.

We have a selection of PGCE courses available at a postgraduate level, which are amongst our most popular courses at the University. These courses prepare you to teach at your chosen level, and involve a mix of university input and school experience, with a close attention to your individual needs and a genuine sense of partnership with the schools we work with. What's more, you’ll leave as a qualified and practised teacher, ready to walk into a new career in teaching. We also offer subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses and PGCE-based Schools Direct courses.

Facilities

Work experience and careers

Whatever you choose to study at Staffordshire University you will have the opportunity of a work-placement, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give you an edge in your future career.

This work experience may link to your course, or it could be a broader experience. Our commitment will give students the best possible mix of knowledge and experience.

Our network of schools will support you in getting excellent core initial teacher training. Our PGCE awards are also designed to house our trainees in placements every week, ensuring you'll form supportive bonds with peers and course leaders.

Work experience opportunities:

  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Early years settings
  • NGOs
  • Private training organisations
  • Local Councils
  • Armed Forces
  • Prison Service
  • Local Authorities

Our students

Toni Wedgewood
Education Student

I completed three work placements a year at local schools and taught a range of pupils across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The staff at the schools always made sure they were available and taught me how to be a professional. If you say you're from Staffordshire University when on placement, people know they have a quality student.

Our staff

Fiona Hall
Fiona HallCourse Leader

Fiona's expertise covers Special Education Needs (SEND), the history of education, behaviour management, safeguarding, and the deployment and practice of support staff in schools. She teaches the module on Safeguarding.

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Ruth Hudson-Gill
Ruth Hudson-GillCourse Leader

Ruth’s research Interests explore parental bereavement in childhood, professionalisation of the Early Years workforce and technology to enhance teaching and learning.

She is a member of Staffordshire Early Years Professional Network.

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Jim Pugh
Jim PughHead of Education

Jim Pugh is Head of Education here at Staffordshire University. He’s worked in education for his entire career, from inspiring young learners as a primary school teacher to leading the development of education students and academics at Staffordshire University. He is proud of the difference that the courses make to individuals as they develop from undergraduates through their teaching training and beyond.Some of the best things about studying Education at Staffordshire University, according to Jim, are real-life placements, field trips and – crucially – your employability when you leave.

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Kate Dale
Kate DaleSenior Lecturer in Education / PGCE Award Leader (Secondary)

I'm currently involved in all aspects of teaching on the Secondary PGCE.

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Dr Sarah Misra
Dr Sarah MisraPrimary PGCE Award Leader

I'm currently involved in all leading on and teaching all aspects of the Primary PGCE.

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Dr Duncan Hindmarch
Dr Duncan HindmarchSenior Lecturer

My enthusiasm for learning led me to qualify, design and deliver to initial and subject specialist teacher training courses. I have an interest in developing virtual learning environments to support learning.

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Dr Gill Forrester
Dr Gill ForresterAssociate Professor

I'm the Director of the Professional Doctorate in Education.

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Tina Richardson
Tina Richardson Course Leader for the Certificate in Education and PGCE Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) provision

I have extensive expertise of working in the secondary and post compulsory sector as well as experience of teaching in Greece and China. I am also an external examiner for PGCE Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) courses.

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