BA (Hons) Education Studies

Why choose this course?

  • In the 2014 National Student Survey, 91% of our students said that they were satisfied with the quality of the course overall.
  • Education Studies will give you the opportunity to explore a wide range of education, from early years to lifelong learning.
  • You'll have the chance to visit the Netherlands or The Gambia, a life changing educational experience.
  • Our enthusiastic and experienced team of tutors will guide you through your studies and help you to reach your full potential.
  • If you want to teach in the future then this course will give you a deep understanding of the education sector and the role it plays in society. You'll also look at how people develop and learn.
  • There is the opportunity for you to develop a specialism in special educational needs by following the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) pathway. You'll gain an insight into all aspects of special education and inclusion.‌
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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

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.

In stage two, you'll have the opportunity to visit a European school, Hogeschool Edith Stein in Holland.  If you are interested in learning about education in a developing country, then you might like to consider the fieldtrip we organise to the Gambia. It’s a two week trip that is self-funded, where you will have the opportunity to look at a range of different aspects of life in the Gambia that impact on education (numbers may be limited). 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 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 expretise 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:

What you will cover

Stage one

You'll study these modules:

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

Stage two

You'll study these modules:

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

And you'll choose two from these modules:

  • Lifelong Learning: Policy and People
  • Educational Alternatives
  • Exploring Disability
  • Engaging with Digital Learning
  • Education in Context: A Reflection
  • The Changing Educational Landscape
  • Education and Globalisation
  • Meeting Emotional Needs in Education
  • Specific Learning Difficulties (Special Educational Needs pathway)

Stage three

You'll study these modules:

  • Educational Independent Study
  • Learning and Motivation

And you'll choose two from these modules:

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

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 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

2014/15 Fees

This is a classroom based course.

UK/EU students

  • Full time: £8,100 (each year)
  • Part time: £1,010 per module (you usually take 18 of these modules in total)

International students

  • Full time: £10,445

*These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2014 and August 2015. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year.

How you will learn

During stage one you will experience lectures, tutorials, seminars and directed study. During stage two you can go on a 12-day work placement in an educational setting of your choice. You will also have the opportunity to visit Hogeschool Edith Stein in Holland, or The Gambia to experience education in different environments. This will provide you with an insight into different aspects of education internationally.

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

There are a wide range of opportunities available to you when you graduate. You may wish to go on to further training to gain
qualified teacher status. Gaining QTS will enable you to develop a career as a primary or secondary school teacher, SEND teacher or FE lecturer. You could undertake further training to become a social worker, or you may wish to enter the advisory service in roles such as a careers or personal advisor. Some of our graduates have gone on to work in community education as educational administrators and officers, while others are pursuing training and development routes. You may wish to develop a career in museum education.

What our students say

Sam Stephens, one of our current students

"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."

Ian Chuck, one of our current students

"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"
Tracy Darby, one of our graduates

"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."

Vicki Carr, one of our current students

"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 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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