BA (Hons) Education Studies

Why choose this course?

Employable Graduates - We're ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities, and 12th for English institutions, with 96.9% of our graduates in work or further study within six months of completing a full-time degree.

  • Gain a full understanding of education, from early years to lifelong learning, from both a home and international perspective
  • Consider different aspects of education in a range of settings, within and outside school
  • Go abroad to the Netherlands or The Gambia, a life changing educational experience
  • Learn from enthusiastic and experienced tutors who will guide you through your studies and help you reach your full potential
  • 91% of our students said that they were satisfied with the quality of the course overall, according to the 2014 National Student Survey.
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UCAS code: X300

Start date: September

Course length: Three years full-time or up to six years part-time

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 built on a framework of 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 there is the opportunity for you to go on a work placement (12 days/72 hours) in a nursery, school or college of your choice, which will look great on your CV.

Study internationally 

We participate in the Erasmus programme, allowing you to study in the Netherlands. You'll also have the opportunity to go on an international field trip - 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.

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.

Specialist pathway

If you're interested in working in the field of Special Educational Needs, then you can choose to take the specialist pathway in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) during stage three. You'll develop your own knowledge of special educational needs and disabilities, and challenge your beliefs and values in this ever changing society. There are a range of modules to choose from that will enable you to develop the relevant knowledge and expertise to pursue a career within this area.

It may be possible for you to enter directly into the final stage of this course if you have relevant qualifications. Typically the kind of qualifications that are considered include:

  • Foundation degree in a related, appropriate subject area with a Merit grade
  • Diploma or Certificate in the lifelong learning sector
  • Diploma in Higher Education in a related, appropriate subject area.

If you would like to discuss this informally please contact our Direct Entry tutor Debs Robinson on:

Tel: 01332 591121


What you will cover

If you choose to combine BA (Hons) Education Studies with another subject, the modules you study will depend on whether you select BA (Hons) Education Studies as a major, joint or minor subject.

If you choose to study BA (Hons) Education Studies as a single honours course 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
  • Specific Learning Difficulties (Special Educational Needs pathway)

Stage three

  • Educational Independent Study
  • Learning and Motivation

Optional modules:

  • Contemporary Debates in Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Curriculum, Corruption and Construction
  • Education and Global Inequality
  • Education and Art
  • Education and Wellbeing
  • Managing Special Educational Needs and Disability (Special Educational Needs pathway)
  • Mentoring in Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Special Educational Needs, Disability and the Inclusion Debate
  • The Changing Role of the SEND Practitioner (Special Educational Needs pathway)
  • Understanding and Managing the Behaviours of Learners

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.

How you will learn

How you'll learn

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; an experience that will strengthen your CV.

In the 2014 National Student Survey, 92% of students said that staff were good at explaining things.

How you're assessed

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

Careers and employability

Employable Graduates - We're ranked in the top 10 Universities in the country for employability with 96.7% of our graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree.

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. If you want to teach, you can go on to take a PGCE. Single honours students can also develop a career in SEND occupations, such as SENCOs, SEND teachers or SEND management. Joint honours students can progress on to PGCE Secondary or FE. All of our graduates can also choose to continue study at masters level.

What our students say

"This course, as well as being extremely useful and relevant to prospective teachers is also one in which offers me different potential directions, which is a massive plus when looking into a degree qualification."

Sam Stephens, graduate

"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

"Everything I learned has been useful in my first year of teaching ... teacher training at Derby was a brilliant experience ... help is always on hand from the tutors."

Tracy Darby, graduate

"I have seen first-hand how a lack of knowledge and understanding of financial matters can lead adults to make poor financial decisions and end up with large overdrafts and debts, and personally I didn't receive any education on the subject at school."

Vicki Carr, graduate

Vicki investigated the level of personal finance education given in a Derby secondary school, and attitudes to money among 13 and 14-year-olds. She researched into this for her Independant Study after an all-Parliamentary committee of MPs said there was an urgent need for children to be taught personal finance. Her report found teenagers knew education on cash handling was important and wanted more - but that teachers have to find time to include this teaching amongst other competing pressures. After her study was brought to the attention of the 'ifs School of Finance' which has a role in educating people on personal finance, Vicki was invited to London to brief its Vice Principal, Rod McKee, on her work. She was then interviewed in its magazine.


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