Education and Social Care

Using a forward-thinking approach, we encourage you to actively develop transferable skills that are relevant across all sectors of the education and social care community.

Having trained social workers as well as educational professionals for over two decades, we continue to produce graduates who make a difference to people’s lives.

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If you'd like to find out more about ARU, you can access our on demand Open Day content at any time. Or, if you're considering studying an undergraduate degree in social work, book your place at our next Taster Day.

Undergraduate courses
Postgraduate courses
MPhil/PhD programme

Why study with ARU's School of Education and Social Care?


All of our students benefit from extensive library and IT resources, while Education students can take advantage of our Early Childhood Resource and Research Room.


Placements are integral to our BA (Hons) and MA Social Work, and we actively support students on other courses to access placements, volunteering and work experience.

Find out more about Social Work placements


Our highly qualified and experienced staff are here to teach you the latest skills and knowledge in your discipline, as well as supervise research projects.

Find out more about our Education and Social Care staff
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National recognition

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  • Ranked in the top ten for Education (The Guardian 2023 Best UK Universities League Table)
  • Ranked third in the UK for Learning Opportunities in Early Childhood Studies (National Student Survey (NSS) 2022)
  • Ranked third in the UK for Learning Opportunities in Early Years and Education (National Student Survey (NSS) 2022)
  • Ranked fifth in the UK for Learning Resources in Social Work (National Student Survey (NSS) 2022)
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Do you want to know more about a course or student life at ARU? Send a message to our students or staff – they'll be happy to answer any questions you have.