The University of Brighton is one of the UK’s largest providers of high-quality education courses with a long-established reputation for our work with education professionals in a wide variety of settings including initial teacher education.
We've been educating professionals, including teachers, researchers, early years practitioners, youth workers and teaching assistants, for over 100 years and have a permanent teaching and research team of more than 90 expert practitioners and scholars in the field. Our expertise spans all phases of learning and development, from the early years through to adult education and, at any given time, we have around 1,200 students registered on courses within the School of Education.
As one of the leading initial teacher education (ITE) providers in the country, our strength lies with our school-led partnership, one that works to ensure trainee teachers receive the best possible support and education. Our work in initial teacher education provision has been rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted in our 2018 inspection. Through our partnership we work closely with over 600 schools and colleges in the region.
In addition to our ITE provision, we offer a suite of highly-regarded courses on the academic study of education, from undergraduate to doctoral level, supporting the development of practitioners, researchers and scholars. In this area of our extensive portfolio, we have established specialist areas of study, including autism, dyslexia and early years. Our students engage in regular placement and employment-based learning, which ensures that they are immersed in the field, learning alongside our extensive network of external partners and stakeholders.
We aim for all our students to have the best possible experience. In the 2021 National Student Survey, 88% of our final year students agreed that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course – this was 13 percentage points above the UK university average. We also significantly exceeded the national average in all the other key areas. We’re in the top 20 for education courses in England (Complete University Guide, 2022) and in the top 15 in the UK (The Times League Tables, 2021).
Our students develop the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to be educators who impact positively on the life chances of others and who contribute, as a result, to the betterment of society more broadly. Our model of higher education is based on a spirit of enquiry and the active, co-creation of knowledge and understanding amongst staff, students and external partners, in relation to learning, teaching and research. We benefit enormously from dedicated specialist teaching spaces in our Checkland building home on the Falmer campus and look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant and friendly community in the School of Education.