Jessica Dawson, BA Education student

Education, investing in lifelong learning

Our courses in education open up career opportunities in a wide range of settings.

Whether you want to move on to become a teacher, are interested in early years practice or would love to work in areas such as education administration or widening participation, our courses could be the first step in your journey.


We are looking for students interested in supporting people throughout their education, be it at the early years’ stage or through to adulthood. If you are enthusiastic about how people learn and how you could support them we’d love to hear from you. 

BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies

BA (Hons) Education

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

FdA Early Years Playwork Education

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Early Years

Working in Early Years is one of the most rewarding careers we can think of, no two days are ever the same. You will be in a privileged position to help children learn through play and share in the fun. You will see them blossom as they grow and become independent learners and will know that you have been instrumental in making a difference to their life.

We are looking for students who are energetic, patient, can work in a team and have a good sense of fun. If this sounds like you, either of FdA Early Years Playwork and Education or our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies could be the perfect first step towards a career in Early Years. These are amazing opportunities for progression in Early Years, as some of our students move on to become nursery managers for example. Should that be your chosen path, we will give you the means to keep learning through our MA Early Childhood Education.


Our BA (Hons) Education opens a range of educational careers that have nothing to do with teaching in a classroom. From widening participation roles, to working with people with learning disabilities, there are a lot of different careers out there related to the educational field. If you might want to become a teacher, but are not sure that you do and are just generally interested in the impact education has on people's life then this could be the right course for you. You'll explore issues such as social justice, inclusion, diversity and equality in education.

At Anglia Ruskin University, we have an expertise in the area of enterprise and we will encourage any budding entrepreneur to think of opening their own educational business. Find out more about our Education Enterprise modules from lecturer Julia Carr. Some of our education students have taken forward their own successful ideas: read more about Amy's Boxcie idea.

Primary Education Studies

Our BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies will prepare you for a career in education, and possibly becoming a primary school teacher. You will learn about current professional practice in the primary school classroom and areas such as building literacy and mathematical skills, planning lessons and managing behaviour in the classroom.

We encourage all our students to get some practical experience, and you will have opportunities to observe teaching in local schools and will be perfectly placed to apply for a postgraduate teacher training course at the end of your studies if you want to do so. Read lecturer Nicola's tips to get the most out of a classroom observation. You will also have wider career opportunities working with children of school age and their families.