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
  • 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 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.

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 knowledge of special educational needs and disabilities, and challenge your beliefs and values in an 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 01332 591121 or email 

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
  • Specific Learning Difficulties (Special Educational Needs pathway)
  • Lifelong Learning Policy and People
  • An Introduction to TESOL

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
  • 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
  • Learning and Motivation

Entry requirements

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this course.

If you have lived outside of the UK in the past five years (excluding holidays), you will need to provide a current satisfactory Certificate of Good Conduct from the country you were resident in. You will need to submit this at your course induction. Further information can be found on the website.

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