BSc Education

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to study BSc Education at the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE).

Welcome messages

Our senior staff and department colleagues welcome you to The University of Manchester and outline what to expect in the year ahead.


    Lesley Warr, Course Director

    Welcome to the BSc Education programme from all the team here in the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE). We are delighted that you will be studying with us for the next three years and that you will be joining the first cohort of this new degree. These are exciting times!

    We look forward to meeting you in Welcome Week when you will take part in a programme of events designed to introduce you to university life and prepare you for active participation in your study choices and learning. The core first year of the BSc Education reflects the values of the course and introduces you to the three study pathways - Primary/Early Years Education, International Education or Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. It will be possible for you to choose to specialise in one of these pathways during Year 2.

    Over the first few days, in addition to getting to know other MIE students, you will meet the BSc Education tutors, including lecturers and Academic Advisers: Loretta Anthony-Okeke, Sophina Choudry, Eric Lybeck, Pamela Qualter, Kate Sapin and Garry Squires, as well as our Programme Administrators: Sean Boylan and Vesna Higginbotham. Usually, we are all based in the Ellen Wilkinson building, but this year we will get to know you using on-line and blended learning, as you attend various group and individual information and drop-in sessions.

    We hope that you will not hesitate to ask any questions you may have so that we can make your introduction to the programme and the University as clear and straightforward as possible.  Until we see you in September - I hope you have a fabulous summer!

    Welcome information and timetables

    Live sessions are scheduled to be hosted via Zoom at the following dates and times:

    • Monday 28 September - 10.30am-12.30pm
    • Tuesday 29 September - 10.30am-12.30pm
    • Wednesday 30 September - 10am-12pm
    • Friday 2 October - 11am-12pm

    For more information, download your full Welcome timetable or visit Blackboard.

    You should also frequently check your University email address for the latest information and Zoom links.

    Your course handbook contains all the information you need to know about your course, including the School's policies on attendance, coursework submission, examinations, and mitigating circumstances.

    Introduction to Y1

    This section is to provide you with an introduction to the first year, of the BSc (Honours) Education programme including the individual course units and other important information relating to the course.

    Education is a field that draws on a wide range of disciplines to help us understand how people learn and develop throughout their lives. This three year course is designed to be a broad-based programme of study, underpinned by cutting edge research in theory and practice from the Manchester Institute of Education.  Our aim is to equip you to contribute to improvements in the quality of education for students, their families and communities in educational settings throughout the world. This starts with the core units studied in Year 1 where Units to develop knowledge include; Key Issues in Education; The Brain goes to School; Sociology of Education; Childhood and Development; Education in a Global Context. Through these units you will begin to understand education and society, teaching and learning processes, global inequalities both within and beyond education, and how such issues can be affected by government policies. Also in Year 1 academic skills are developed through Academic Writing and Understanding Research units. In these you will work with data, information and evidence; critically analyse and evaluate global and UK educational issues, and practice your written and oral communication skills.

    This first year of study is important as it acts as a platform for Year 2 and Year 3 when you have the option to select one of three specialisms on which to focus your studies. The three optional pathways are: Primary/Early Years Education; International Education; Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). This is not compulsory and you are welcome to tailor all your optional units to your own preferences instead. There is also work placement opportunity in Year 2, whilst in Year 3, you will further develop as an independent researcher by submitting a dissertation. Within the Manchester Institute of Education we pride ourselves on close staff-student relationships, small-group teaching and guided, one-to-one supervision. These are relationships that start in the first year and grow as you progress your studies with us.

    Student Support and Guidance (SSG)

    If you have any questions about support, wellbeing or engagement with your course, you can get in touch with the Student Support and Guidance (SSG) Team at

    For the latest engagement and support information, events and activities, follow SEED Student Support and Guidance on Facebook. You can also check out our Eventbrite page.

    For more information about the whole range of support available from the University, please visit Manchester’s Student Support website.

    Teaching and learning queries

    You can use our live chat facility to contact our undergraduate and postgraduate programme support teams for help and advice on things such as registration queries, course unit selection, exams, general programme information, etc. 

    Live chat is available Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

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