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.
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
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.
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.
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
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:
- 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
- Curriculum Frameworks
- Individual Differences and Learning
- Research Methods for Independent Study
- The Sociology of Education
- Education and Globalisation
- Education in Context: A Reflection
- Educational Alternatives
- Exploring Disability
- Meeting Emotional Needs in Education
- Specific Learning Difficulties (Special Educational Needs pathway)
- Educational Independent Study
- Learning and Motivation
- 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
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.
- Full time students should apply for this course through UCAS.
- Part time students should apply directly to the University.
- If you want to start in September, you usually need to apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Information for international applicants
This is a classroom based course.
- Full time: £8,500 (each year)
- £1,060 per module (you usually take the equivalent of 18 single modules)
- 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'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.
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.
“I knew I wanted to work in the field of Education and Teaching, but Education Studies gives me a lot more than what I would learn just 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.