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School of Education and Professional Development

We are a vibrant part of the University of Huddersfield. We offer a wide range of courses, primarily in early years, education and youth work. Our courses are characterised by flexible study options, work-based learning, professional qualifications and professional development.

We have two main subject areas. Education, teaching and early years includes initial teacher training and in-service professional qualifications in primary and secondary schools and further and higher education. You gain both the University award and the professional qualification. We also specialise in courses for anyone aiming for, or developing, a career in early years. There is extensive information about our undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the website.

We have continuing professional development courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels (BA, MA, MSc), primarily for staff working in early years, education, teaching and youth work. Courses are suitable for teachers, leaders in education, local authority staff, administrators, learning support workers and early years practitioners.

Why study with us?

  • In the Guardian’s University Guide Subject League Table for Education we are ranked Second nationally and have been for the past five years.
  • We are in the top 5 for Academic Studies in Education amongst our competitor group in the National Student Survey 2012/13.
  • We are in the top 10 for training teachers amongst our competitor group in the National Student Survey 2012/13.
  • National Teaching Fellowships awarded to our staff each year since 2009.
  • We were rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2012 for our primary provision, and our provision was adjudged to be good with outstanding features for both secondary and lifelong learning.
  • Only one of ten Centres of Excellence in Teacher Training in the lifelong learning sector in the UK.
  • In the latests destination survey 95.2% of all Education, Teaching and Early Years and Youth and Community Work graduates found employment or further study within six months of graduating 2012/13.


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