7th for Student Satisfaction – Education

Complete University Guide 2021

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Study a PGCE and earn Qualified Teacher Status

15th in the UK for Education degrees

Guardian League Tables 2021

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 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.

Studying Education - The Highlights

Studying Education - The Highlights


Our students discuss their favourite parts of our Education degrees.



Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons)

Optional pathways in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

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Education Studies BA (Hons)

Optional pathways in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

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Taught courses

Education MA

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Education Doctor of Education

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Teacher training

Primary (General) PGCE

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Primary with PE Specialism PGCE

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Secondary Art and Design PGCE

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Secondary Biology PGCE

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Secondary Business PGCE

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Secondary Computer Science PGCE

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Secondary English PGCE

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Secondary Geography PGCE

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Secondary Mathematics PGCE

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Secondary Physical Education PGCE

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Research courses

Our research creates impact in the arenas of Health, Wellbeing and Education through work with communities of practice such as nursing, midwifery, social work, the allied health professions and teaching.


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You'll have access to a range of high quality placements. We work with 50 plus high performing early years settings and schools within the local area and in Birmingham, the Black Country, Shropshire, Manchester, Derbyshire and beyond.

School Setting

Students see a broad picture of early years settings and schools that is not limited to a single place, giving you a vast range of experience in different settings.

Work experience and careers

Work experience

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
Education at Staffordshire University

Education at Staffordshire University


Find out more about our excellent quality of teaching.


Our education and childhood degrees offer access to a wide variety of career and academic options.

You'll gain the insight and experiences to take to your future career, including visits to specialist centres and organisations, child-based learning and external trips to build team and leadership skills.

After graduating our undergraduate course, you may progress to work within family and children centres, care support, educational administration and management, play work or learning support. Alternatively, you may enter teaching through PGCE, Schools Direct and Schools Direct Salaried routes.

At postgraduate level, our diverse portfolio of PGCE courses is the next step for the teachers of the future, and will specifically train you in your chosen field and teaching level.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses can equip you for roles in:

  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Academies
  • Museums
  • Youth Services
  • Social Services
  • Armed Forces
  • Children Centres
  • Art Galleries
  • Young Offender Support
  • Care Support
  • Training Organisations

Our students

People know they have a quality 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.

Toni Wedgewood

Education Student

The tutor was absolutely fantastic

The tutor was absolutely fantastic and supportive – and I think what worked really well is me studying around full-time work. I had a Tuesday evening study so it worked really nicely around my Teaching Assistant role that I was doing at the time. 

It was difficult, but the support that I had off our lecturer was fantastic. They’d worked in education for a number of years so they understood how it worked.  

Marcel Phillips

BA (Hons) Education Studies

The support has been really good

The lecturers were always on hand to email you and all of the support has been really good. 

I worked as well as uni so I did uni part-time and then I worked in a school as well alongside it. It worked really well because all of the assignments related to my workplace so it was based on the job that I had. I started off actually volunteering at a school because that’s what I had to have for the degree then about six months in, they offered me a job so the course actually helped me to get a job as well and I’m still there now.  

Sophie Hancock

BA (Hons) Education Studies

Our staff

Fiona Hall

Senior Lecturer

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.

Fiona's profile

Ruth Hudson

Course Director

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.

Ruth's profile

Dr Jim Pugh

Head Of Department - Education (Tef)

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 Staffords…

Jim's profile

Kate Dale

Senior Lecturer

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

Kate's profile

Our graduates

Georgina Newton

Education, 2016

After working as a language and IT teacher for over 20 years, Georgina now works to improve UK teacher retention in her role at the University of Warwick.

Georgina's story

Sam O’Brien

Modern and International History, 2014

Sam works for City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College as a Learning Support Assistant.

Sam's story

Chloe McCormick

Secondary Business, 2008

After graduating in Business Management, and working as a photographer, Chloe returned to us for a change in career and studied to be a teacher six years later.

Chloe's story
Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020