BA (Hons) Education Studies

Why choose this course?

97.5% of our Education Studies graduates were in work or further study within six months of completing this course.

  • Gain a solid understanding of education, from early years to lifelong learning, from both a home and international perspective
  • Tailor your degree to your career aspirations by choosing one of the three specialist pathways in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), or Career Development*
  • Consider different aspects of education in a range of settings, within and outside school
  • Gain an insight into international education on one of our exciting fieldtrips. Previous students have visited The Gambia, Morocco, and Kenya
  • Undertake a 12-day work placement in a nursery, school or college of your choice. This valuable real world experience will strengthen your CV
  • 90% of students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of the course, according to the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS).
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UCAS code: X300

Start date: September

Course length: Full-time: three years. Part-time: up to six years

Campus: Kedleston Road, Derby

College: College of Education

About this course

This course provides a solid understanding of education, from early years to lifelong learning, from both a home and international perspective. You’ll also have the opportunity to go abroad to explore education in a different context.

Develop in-depth knowledge

The course is underpinned by social justice, with an emphasis on psychology, sociology, and social policy to develop a broad spectrum of knowledge about the subject of education. You will be encouraged to consider different aspects of education, where and how education happens, including primary, secondary and higher education, and lifelong learning. There’s also a specialist pathway option in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

During stage two, you will have the opportunity to go on a 12-day work placement in a nursery, school, or college of your choice.

International study and experiences

We participate in the Erasmus scheme, allowing you to study in the Netherlands. You'll also have the opportunity to go on an international fieldtrip - previous students have visited Morocco, The Gambia, and Kenya.

These options will provide you with an insight into different levels of education provision and the associated issues surrounding economic, social, and cultural development.

Specialist pathways

You can choose to tailor this degree to your interests by taking one of our three optional specialist pathways.

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Pathway*

This pathway will help you to explore a range of practitioner roles and the ways that government policy impacts upon such roles, in and out of the classroom. The pathway creates an opportunity for the University to be at the forefront of educating potential employees like you in this area, and ensure that you are better equipped to work with these learners. We have strong contacts with schools and colleges (special and mainstream) so that you can learn from a range of professionals currently working with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

The development of this pathway is in response to the shortage of appropriately trained staff to work with learners identified with special educational needs and/or disability.

TESOL Pathway*

The TESOL pathway responds to a direct need to provide a qualification in the field of English language teaching for those students interested in working with a range of learners, in a variety of contexts. This pathway will enable you to:

  • Work with English as Additional Languages (EAL) pupils in a primary or secondary setting
  • Work abroad as an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher
  • Work as teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in an adult or community environment.

As part of the pathway, you will be required to undertake observed teaching practice which will give you vital experience in the field, enhancing your employability. You’ll be introduced to a variety of approaches and methods for teaching: grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, speaking and pronunciation. In addition, you will look at lesson planning, syllabus design and assessment. You’ll also be encouraged to reflect on your own knowledge and understanding of the English language.

Career Development Pathway*

This unique pathway will equip you with the skills and knowledge to work in a profession that supports the career development of others. This is a thriving sector, which offers a range of career paths for those interested in working with young people and adults.

This pathway draws together the disciplines of education and career studies to provide the relevant knowledge, understanding, attributes, insights and professional skills. We will prepare you for a role in a range of educational settings such as schools, pupil referral units, colleges of further education, universities, vocational education providers or in community settings.

This pathway has been designed to equip you in developing professional practice, which will be recognised by the Career Development Institute and can lead to professional registration. The pathway will be co-delivered by staff from the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS), who all have experience as advanced practitioners, researchers and consultants in a range of settings in the career development sector.

*Please note that these pathways are subject to validation.

What you will cover

You’ll study these modules:

Stage one

  • An Introduction to Comparative Education
  • Education for All? Exploring Inequality
  • Introduction to Lifelong Learning
  • Learning in Higher Education
  • Psychology and Education: Understanding Teaching and Learning
  • Teaching, Learning and Curriculum

Stage two

  • Curriculum Frameworks
  • Individual Differences and Learning
  • Research Methods for Independent Study
  • The Sociology of Education

Optional modules:

  • Education and Globalisation
  • Education in Context: A Reflection
  • Educational Alternatives
  • Exploring Disability
  • Meeting Emotional Needs in Education
  • Lifelong Learning Policy and People
  • An Introduction to TESOL

Special Educational Needs and Disability pathway module:

  • Specific Learning Difficulties

TESOL pathway modules:

  • An Introduction to TESOL
  • Education in Context (TESOL placement)

Career Development pathway module:

  • The Theories and Concepts of Career Development

You'll also undertake a placement to gain valuable real world experience.

Stage three

  • Educational Independent Study

Optional modules:

  • Contemporary Debates in Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Curriculum, Corruption and Construction
  • Education and Global Inequality
  • Education and Art
  • Education and Wellbeing
  • Mentoring in Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Special Educational Needs, Disability and the Inclusion Debate
  • Understanding and Managing the Behaviours of Learners
  • Learning and Motivation

Special Educational Needs and Disability pathway module:

  • The Changing Role of the SEND Practitioner
  • Managing Special Education Needs and Disability

TESOL pathway modules:

  • The Principles and Practice of TESOL 1
  • The Principles and Practice of TESOL 2
  • Linguistics for TESOL

Career Development pathway module:

  • Developing and Using Career and Labour Market Information
  • Learning for Career Development
  • Supporting Career Development
  • Managing Career Development

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are usually 260 UCAS points, of which at least 220 will be from your core A2s (full A levels) or equivalent qualifications such as BTEC Diploma, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers etc.

We'll accept up to 40 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS levels (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project or Music qualifications.

We don't accept points from Key Skills Level 3. If you have any questions about what is or isn't accepted, please contact our Admissions team.

We also accept the Access to HE Diploma.

Your points at level 3 will be in addition to 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (including maths and English) or equivalent Level 2 qualifications.

The UCAS tariff points are a guide - we'll also consider all the information that you've included in your application. We'll also want to see that you're enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from coming to university.

General undergraduate entry requirements

How to apply

UK/EU students

International students

Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

Fees and finance

2015/16 Fees

This is a classroom based course.

UK/EU students

  • Full time: £8,500 (each year)
  • £1,060 per module (you usually take the equivalent of 18 single modules)

International students

  • Full time: £10,900

These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2015 and August 2016. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year.

2016/17 Fees

UK/EU students

  • Full-time: £9,000 (each year)

These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2016 and August 2017. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year.

How you will learn

92% of students were satisfied with the teaching of this course, according to the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS).

You’ll be taught using a variety of methods from directed study, lectures, seminars, and tutorials. During stage two, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a 12-day placement in an educational setting of your choice.

How you're assessed

You won’t have to take any exams as you’ll be assessed through case study analysis, essays, portfolios, presentations, and reports.

Careers and employability

A range of opportunities are available to you, including in education-related fields, like social or health care contexts, careers and guidance, and the voluntary sector.

Past graduates now enjoy careers as higher level teaching assistants, welfare child protection officers, early years practitioners, care assistants, and community learning facilitators. You can also develop a career in SEND occupations, such as SENCOs, SEND teachers or SEND management.

You could also choose to continue study at masters level.

Please note, this course does not offer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). However, many of our graduates choose to go on to postgraduate teacher training programmes, such as PGCE Primary or PGCE Post-14 (Education and Training).

What our students say

“I knew I wanted to work in the field of Education and Teaching, but I feel Education Studies offers me more than I would learn doing a teaching degree. My tutors and their lectures have been more than I could ever ask for. The placements I have undertaken have enhanced my learning; for instance, within my psychology modules, I have been able to support my academic writing with real world evidence.”

Antonia Wragg, current student

"The course offers a huge variety of options for those studying education to move forward in life and begin to challenge the notion and concept of education in our world."

Ian Chuck, graduate

Education Studies graduate, Emma Musson, recently visited Spain upon completing her degree. While there, Emma volunteered in a local primary school, teaching English to the children. Read Emma's story.

Key Information Sets

Full time

Part time

Where will I study?

Kedleston Road, Derby