Welcome to the University of Leeds. You are joining a vibrant, diverse community committed to supporting your personal development and helping you to be a successful undergraduate.

Photograph of Alice Deignan

Professor Alice Deignan, Head of School

We provide an enormous range of opportunities within the School of Education, the University of Leeds and the wider community that you can find out about from this web site. It will give you some information and ideas that we hope you find valuable immediately. This website is just one way in which we provide support for your transition into undergraduate study. Your personal tutor, the handbooks, the induction programme and the Education Student Support Officer, are also vital sources of information. Please do ask if you need help or advice.

The School of Education and the whole University are committed to working in partnership with our students. You will hear more about that throughout your course. However, you can start contributing to that partnership very early in your studies, for example by becoming a student representative.

You are embarking on a new stage of your life, full of challenges and new experiences. Make sure you enjoy your studies and the whole experience of coming to Leeds University. Finally, always remember that the more you put into your time at Leeds the more you will benefit – the key to success as an undergraduate really is commitment.

Good luck!

Independent Learning

Students in the School of Education are supported to become independent learners in a variety of ways.

Some of the first people that you will meet will be your Semester 1 module lecturers. They have designed teaching and learning activities to support your transition to independent learning. You will be set activities to do in preparation for, and as a follow up to lectures, and these will involve accessing information independently using resources such as Minerva and the Library. You will also be given exercises to assist you with preparation for assignments, and there will be regular opportunities for you to obtain feedback on your work.

Your personal tutor is also available as a source of support; you can discuss with them your strategies for independent study, including plans for time management and revision. You may also use some of your personal tutorial time to set targets and monitor your developing independent learning skills.

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) also run in the second half of Semester 1 to provide opportunities to learn from 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students. These students will be on hand to share their insights and experiences, and will be able to provide you with accounts of their own journeys as independent learners.

Although you will receive guidance from your academic and personal tutors, you will be expected to demonstrate independence in your learning through your approach to your studies, and in your academic performance. Independent learning is about how you plan and carry out your studies, and the depth of understanding in your subject area that is demonstrated through your academic work. Techniques to consider for helping you be an effective independent learner include note taking, reading and writing skills and time management. You can find out more about developing these techniques at Skills@Library.

Independent learning is also about being able to reflect on your performance and progress. You will be given feedback on your work and progress, which allows you to know what you have or have not done well, and what you are or are not achieving. Feedback is a crucial part of the learning process, and you need to digest, understand, build upon and use it to inform your study and any future work you submit.

Making the Grade

A variety of assessment methods are used in year 1, as listed below:

  • essay
  • reflective log
  • examination
  • portfolio of teaching / learning materials with commentary
  • group / individual presentation
  • practical work/teaching
  • case study
  • poster presentations
  • literature reviews
  • critical reviews
  • professional enquiry

This might seem quite daunting at first, but don’t worry, as a lot of guidance is given, especially in the kinds of assessment with which you might not be familiar.

You will have the chance to do practice essays and practice coursework. This means that you will get valuable feedback on your performance, to help you improve before doing the final assessment.

Further information on assessment is contained within the School’s Code of Practice on Assessment, which can be found on Minerva.


Research is central to the mission of the School of Education. We undertake research in key areas of educational policy and practice, and place particular emphasis on the relevance of our work to practitioners and policymakers. All of your lecturers are active researchers, and their expertise and understanding will inform and enlighten your study.

Research within the School is organised around the following Academic Teams:

  • Childhood and Youth
  • Language Education
  • Teaching and Learning

In some instances, undergraduate students have helped support research projects (and earned money in the process), so make sure that you take a look at the projects currently being carried out in the School!

Discovery modules

As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you can choose something different to your main subject as a discovery module. Find out more about the Discovery Themes on the Broadening pages of the Leeds for Life website.