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Education and Childhood courses

Top 20

for Education

(Guardian League Table 2017)

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£150 million invested in facilities in the last 10 years
number 1 university in the East Midlands for graduate employment

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Times and Sunday Times league table Top 20 university for teaching quality

There’s much more to education than training to teach.

Inspirational education doesn't just take place in the classroom. From early years to lifelong learning, we'll prepare you for a range of careers where you can have a lasting impact, both in schools and the wider community.

If you're passionate about helping others realise their potential, our courses will equip you with the skills to improve the lives of individuals and the societies they’re part of. You'll have the opportunity to undertake varied and exciting work placements to gain valuable hands-on experience that will help you secure a job when you graduate.

"They promoted ways to problem solve"

Emily Carter, BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies graduate from the University of Derby

"Besides being amazing, helpful and insightful, the lecturers had real life experience to draw on and were all passionate about their work. If you needed anything, they were always there for you, but they promoted ways to problem solve so that you could become a more independent adult and learn to trust yourself and your knowledge and experience."

 Child playing with toys at picnic

Childhood Studies

If you want to give children and young people the best start in life, choose one of our Childhood Studies courses. We'll support you to gain an understanding of how children develop, learn and think.

You can choose to focus on under 8s by studying BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, or keep your options open by studying BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies, which spans birth to age 19. If you want to lead the Early Years Foundation Curriculum, our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Early Years Teacher Status (0-5) course will give you an additional qualification alongside your degree.

Work placements are an essential part of all of our Childhood Studies degrees, giving you the chance to develop practical skills and gain a deeper understanding of children's needs.

Child at SEND school

Education Studies & SEND

Our flexible Education Studies and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) degrees will enable you to tailor your degree to suit your aspirations, while work placements and optional travel will broaden your outlook and provide you with life experience to complement your learning.

Our teaching staff have years of experience working in education. They'll help you to get to the heart of current debates around fairness and equality, particularly in special educational needs and inclusion.

If you study BA (Hons) Education Studies, you can choose an optional specialist pathway in Career Development, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), or Special Educational Needs and Disability.

Our BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Disability degree offers you the chance to explore the theory and issues surrounding SEND, preparing you for a rewarding career in the sector.

What our Education and Childhood graduates do

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • nursery manager
  • early years teacher
  • family support worker
  • play worker
  • senior teaching assistant
  • learning support
  • mentoring
  • care assistant
  • SEND support
  • careers guidance
  • offender and community learning facilitator