Fancy Being A Teacher? Here Are The Best UK Universities Ranked!

So, you want to be a teacher? Well you’ve come to the right place! The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 league table has been revealed, including more than 1500 universities across 93 different countries.

Being the largest most diverse university rankings to date means the league table is a very reliable source, based on 13 calibrated performance indicators.

The performance indicators measure a uni across four specific areas which are teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook!

Granted, choosing a course like education can be tough, and requires a lot of theory as well as practical work with aspects such as work placements.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best UK universities ranked for an education degree, to give you a head start on your decision. Let’s get started!

1. University Of Oxford

Coming in at number one we’ve got the University Of Oxford once again, who are also number one in the world, wow!

They offer a fabulous range of internationally-recognised courses with their PGCE giving you the opportunity to train to teach a secondary age group.

The education department works in partnership with over 37 secondary comprehensive schools in Oxfordshire and neighbouring counties too!

Each PGCE programme runs on a full-time basis for one academic year.

Successful students are also recommended for ‘Qualified Teacher Status’, which means they’ve met the requirements of the Government’s Teachers’ Standards, bonus!

PGCE’s are offered in subjects such as English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Religious Education and Science.

2. University Of Cambridge

Bagging a 94% overall for teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook is The University Of Cambridge!

The faculty of education offers two PGCE Primary courses, the PGCE Early Primary and the PGCE General Primary.

If you’re training on the earlier course, you complete placements in both Foundation and Key Stage 1, with opportunities to grab nursery placements.

If you choose to study on the General Primary course, you’ll follow either the 5-9 years old specialist option with Key Stages 1 and 2 or the 7-11 years old option with placements in Key Stage 2 and a short placement in Key Stage 1.

As well as amazing education facilities, The University Of Cambridge is also in a fab location too, offering a vast array of bars, shops and restaurants for you to enjoy!

The buzzing city of London is also less than an hour away by train, another added bonus when choosing this uni.

3. University Of Dundee

Next up, coming in at third place is the University Of Dundee, let’s give them a round of applause!

This course gives you a qualification in primary education, leading to a provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

There’s a whole bunch of placements throughout the course, giving you the experience in a range of different settings including nursery/early ages and middle/upper stages!

Level 2 lets you participate in a “learning from life” placement which will take place in an educational environment that isn’t a Scottish school, such as a museum or educational charity.

Their PGDE combines two on-campus study modules with three school professional practice placements, so you’ll gain vital classroom skills as well as the theory itself, winner!

The stunning coastal city of Dundee is that popular amongst students that it was even named University of the Year for Student Experience by The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

4. University Of Manchester

Bagging fourth place is The University Of Manchester, known for its buzzing nightclub scene and vast array of shops!

Their education course allows students to develop a critical understanding of the key role that education plays.

The course also addresses some super important issues such as social inequality, childhood mental health, literacy, and lifelong learning.

Lasting for around 3 years, you’ll need an A and two B’s to grab a place, so get studying!

As well as the psychology of education, the sociology of education and key issues in education, you’ll also focus on childhood development.

If you want to begin a career through primary or early years teaching, psychology training routes, education-based vocations or teaching English as a second language, you must consider this uni!

5. University Of Strathclyde

The School Of Education at the University Of Strathclyde is one of the largest in the UK!

They have a number of fab unique resources such as the School of Education where students can plan and practice lessons surrounded by resources related to the school curriculum.

Manchester also offer a number of courses with the opportunity to study education alongside another subject too!

Fancy studying a PGDE? The Professional Graduate Diploma in Education is a 38-week course for graduates who want to train as primary school or secondary school teachers.

It involves a 19 week placement experience in a Scottish school, giving you plenty of practice!

6. The University Of Sheffield

Coming in at number 5 in the whole of the UK is The University Of Sheffield, hurrah!

The Education, Culture and Childhood BA combines the fields of education and childhood studies, and is offered on a full and part-time basis.

Sheffield’s unique degree is one of few in the country to combine the two aspects, designed to prepare you for any area of education or children’s services!

With a duration of three years, you’ll be taught by academic staff who are internationally recognised for research in their specialist areas.

Get ready to work, because in your second year, a placement module gives you the chance to deepen your understanding through work experience!

7. University Of Aberdeen

Our final entry is in the Instagram worthy city of Aberdeen, offering a fantastic education degree for students!

They have a range of courses available to get your career kickstarted, all accredited by the General Teaching Council of Scotland.

Their PDGE programme is offered full time on campus and via distance learning, you can study either primary or secondary education.

It’s offered on a full-time basis over 36 weeks with 18 weeks spent on placement to give you good practice!


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