Welcome to our Department of Education
Thank you for taking the time to come and check out what we offer at University College Birmingham, the highest ranking university in the region as voted by students at the 2023 Whatuni Student Choice Awards. Our student support is award-winning too, as is our provision for international students.
If you are looking at joining us to carve out a career in teaching including early years, here is a glimpse into our student and staff community - along with an insight into the placements and enrichment we offer - to see if we are the right choice for you.
Welcome from Rebecca Taylor
Congratulations on deciding that our university could be your future, you will not be disappointed. Winning the prestigious award of ‘University of the Year’ in 2022 and silver in 2023 was a result of students nominating us.
Our courses lead to a variety of careers and future study pathways. And our staff are subject experts within their fields, be that within early years, childhood education, special education needs and disabilities or primary teaching.
What really sets us apart from other providers is our personalised and supportive approach from the moment you join us. And there will be dedicated time within the teaching week where we focus on supporting you to be the best you can be. We look forward to meeting you in September.
*Rebecca has previously taught across the primary age range in schools and also has an MA in Coaching and Mentoring
“This is a university with incredible facilities and student-centred staff. And that includes myself – you are always welcome at my informal ‘Talk with the Dean’ sessions, your chance to say what’s going well and what we can improve on.”
Trainee teachers take closer look at ethics in the classroom with the experts
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Primary teaching graduate Hayley holds Makaton training for fellow students
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International winner and Uni of the Year runner-up in student choice awards
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Acclaimed business leader brings expertise to University to benefit students
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University awarded four-star QS rating as facilities and inclusiveness bag top scores
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• Working with Forest Schools (amazing outdoor cooking experiences!)
• Forging collaborations with local theatre companies
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Recent activities (cont'd)
• Enhanced student training in Makaton and First Aid
• Developed digital innovation into our placement preparation
• Launched #hottopics on Twitter to engage on key topics
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Recent activities (cont'd)
• Hosting notable speakers including advisors to the UK Department for Education
• Launched research projects with local charities (more on this soon...)
Beyond the classroom
At University College Birmingham, we offer education and training that goes far beyond everyday classes and lectures. We are committed to providing additional enrichment opportunities for our students, from industry trips and expert visits to linkups with local charities, entry into competitions and much more.
Scroll through the slides to find out more about what's been going on recently in our department:
Meet Stephen Garvey
My role is to ensure we stay at very forefront of progress across the education sector and across industry, building innovative technology and skills such as immersive virtual reality into your educational experience.
We are committed to providing face-to-face teaching as we know students value this quality time with their lecturers and fellow students. But to support your academic studies, we also have a sophisticated lecture capture system that provides accessible recorded lectures, where possible.
We are very proud of the exceptional and sustained record of teaching excellence we have in the provision of our vocational educational experiences, and the future-focused curriculum we have to offer you.
*Stephen is a registered dietitian with a background in research
Our teaching and learning
Whatever education course you have chosen to study, our aim is simple - to turn you into a stand-out professional. Since we launched our degrees in this field, we have a earned a reputation for the highest quality courses and a learning experience that sets us apart from bigger universities.
Our degrees are designed to develop you personally and professionally, with graduate advantage, employability and enrichment sessions threaded throughout the curriculum, sitting alongside really interesting theory modules. Our partnership with the University of Warwick, a top-ranking Russell Group university, also brings extra opportunities including access to guest speakers and additional resources.
Our courses are developed and taught by experienced lecturing staff, who have worked across education themselves. This means they can draw on their expertise and years of experience to make scenario-based discussions, debates and concepts come to life, supporting the linking of theory to practice.
You will learn so much from our lecturing teams, who are passionate about their profession and eager to inspire and nurture the next generation of teaching professionals.
We also have many invited guest lecturers who participate in our courses, sharing their knowledge and experiences to enhance your learning.
Students also have a lot to bring and as a team, we will also learn a lot from you! We encourage you to share your perspectives and viewpoints, especially when reflecting on your own life and placement experiences.
Placements are key to success as employers want you to have real experience. We have excellent links with our education placement provider organisations across the region, from nurseries to SEND schools, so we can allocate you to placements in diverse settings.
This exposure to different learning environments opens up opportunities for you when you qualify.
Our support is exceptional, so much so, our students voted to make us the winner of the Student Support award at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022.
Throughout your studies, you will not only have a personal tutor, but a link tutor during placements and module leaders to support you through academic modules. And we have a whole range of additional support services available, providing you with as much or as little support as you need to succeed in your degree. Our smaller teaching groups enable all students to grow and flourish, with strong peer support and friendship.
Our Learning and Teaching Strategy 2021-24 is key to how we approach the educational journey, focusing on three main pillars that set out our commitment to your learning and teaching experience while you are studying with us.
- Pillar 1 – Provide accessible and inclusive teaching and learning across a wide range of vocationally-led courses
- Pillar 2 – Develop next generation opportunities and skills through innovative, future-focused curriculum and pedagogy
- Pillar 3 – Shape local and global sectors, promoting sustainable futures and global citizenship
Failing his GCSE maths at school, David presumed he would never be able to follow his dream of becoming a teacher and didn’t think any more of it – until 13 years later.Read more
Viki’s decision to study online with University College Birmingham boosted her career while enabling her to spend quality time with her young family.Read more
Our university facilities were shortlisted in the 2022 Whatuni Student Choice Awards and include our Early Years Simulation Suite, providing an outstanding learning environment for those going into early years education.
Five distinct learning zones:
- Digital zone
- Creative zone
- Discovery zone
- Imagination zone
- Sensory zone
If you would like a refresher of our facilities, you can book on a campus tour.
Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) Level 3
Want a rewarding career supporting young children? Focusing on childcare and education from birth to the age of five, this college cours…Read more
Early Years Practitioner Level 2
If you want to embark on a rewarding career working with young children but have little or no experience in childcare, our Early Years Practitioner college co…Read more
Education and Early Years T-level
Start your journey towards a future working in childcare and education with our T-level course. Gain a mixture of technical and practical skills alongside re…Read more
Childhood and Education Studies BA (Hons) (Online)
Do you want a childhood education degree that offers the flexibility of distance learning? This online degree course will enable you to buil…Read more
Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons)
Working in the early childhood sector allows you to help shape the most formative period of a child’s life. Featuring key industry-recognised standards for g…Read more
Primary Education Studies BA (Hons) (Accelerated)
Dream of becoming a teacher? This accelerated education course enables you to earn a full undergraduate degree in just two years, offering a…Read more
Meet your lecturers
My background was in sports coaching, then I progressed to educational studies and completed a PGCE.Find out more
I began my career working with children as the role of teaching assistant. During my time in this role, I supported children with learning across nursery, infant and junior sc…Find out more
Caroline A Prior
I studied the National Nursery Nursing qualification and upon successful completion in 1984 I gained employment as a private nanny. Following this my nursery nursing career l…Find out more
I currently hold the position of Lecturer in Early Years, teaching on the Early Childhood Studies and Primary Education Studies programmes.Find out more
I currently hold the position of Associate Lecturer in Education, teaching on the Early Childhood Studies, Childhood and Education Studies and Primary Education Studies programmes…Find out more
I have worked as an early years professional since 2003, working in a variety of settings and roles. I am passionate about working with children aged 0-7 years to ensure that…Find out more
I began my career in the children’s workforce as an early years practitioner in a day nursery. This is where my passion for working with the 0-8 age group was ignited.Find out more
As an ardent advocate for all things early years, I have crafted and honed this passion through eighteen dedicated years in a range of early years settings.Find out more
I specialised in early years on a three-year ITE course in Bristol. After qualifying as a primary school teacher, I worked in a number of schools and academies across the West…Find out more
I currently hold the position of Lecturer in Education at University College Birmingham. Prior to this, I was employed as an Assistant Headteacher and EYFS Aspiration Leade…Find out more