A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.
You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones. Find out what you can combine this subject with.
Why choose this course
Combining Education Studies with another subject will help set you apart as a versatile, confident and forward-thinking graduate – with the broad-ranging skills and knowledge which appeal to potential employers.
Develop a solid understanding of education from early years to lifelong learning, including international perspectives
Combine that knowledge with another subject: your choices include Sociology, Theatre Arts, Law and Biology, to name but a few
Develop transferable skills such as time management, communication and teamwork which will serve you well in any career
Tailor your course to match your own interests and aspirations by selecting from a variety of optional modules
Benefit from the expertise of a dedicated academic team who will ensure your learning is relevant and up to date
Chart your future direction at a university with a strong track record for employability: 96% of Derby graduates were in work or further study within six months of completing a full-time degree.
Education Studies is all about understanding how people develop and learn throughout their lives. It’s a fascinating and challenging subject which will open up multiple career directions for you.
Deepen your understanding
We encourage you to consider different aspects of education and where and how it happens – from early years, primary and secondary education to higher education and lifelong learning. You’ll look at educational processes, systems and approaches while exploring psychological, social, cultural, political and historical contexts.
Overall you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the aims of education and its role within society. The course examines how education theory relates to policies and practices, including Government policies. We also consider education from a student perspective, including motivation, learners’ differing needs and learner behaviour.
Expertise to inspire you
Our course is delivered by a supportive and committed teaching team. You’ll be inspired by highly skilled practitioners from a range of backgrounds including primary, secondary and further education teaching, social work, nursery management, health visiting, social services, law, tourism and ICT. It makes for a rich and varied programme offering wide-ranging knowledge and expertise.
The team includes influential researchers and published authors whose work is shaping the debate about the future of education. They conduct research spanning everything from cultural diversity to online learning, inclusive practice to the role of pastoral care in education.
A vibrant learning experience
We pride ourselves on offering a friendly, welcoming learning environment where you will receive plenty of encouragement and guidance. Tutors are approachable, dedicated and passionate about their subjects.
Our Kirtley Building offers first-rate facilities for our Education students, including specially designed collaborative learning spaces and a large hall for practical activities and observing learning in action.
Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English
Interview / Audition
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*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
You'll be taught in a range of ways, including lectures with interactive seminar activities and tutorials. These are aimed to support you in your assessments. During stage three, you'll have more opportunities to learn independently, while still having the support of the tutorials.
How you're assessed
There are no exams. You'll be assessed through essays, presentations, portfolios, reports, and case study analysis.
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will be communicated after enrolment on your course.
PGCE Post-14 (Education and Training)The benefits of a Joint Honours degree are that you can keep your options open, extend your career scope and build a flexible set of skills. It marks you out to potential employers as adaptable, versatile and well organised.
You can look forward to career opportunities in fields relating to education, social care, health care, careers and guidance, and the voluntary sector. You could also take your skills and knowledge to the next level with postgraduate study.
If you want to become a teacher when you’ve completed your course, you could apply to study our PGCE Primary. Alternatively you could choose our PGCE Post-14 (Education and Training) if you’re interested in teaching in the lifelong learning sector.
"Studying Education Studies as a joint honours subject opened my eyes to the many aspects of education and helped me to see how education related to my other subject area. By having knowledge in more than one specialist area, I have gained transferable skills. This opportunity gave me a deeper insight into what I want to do as a career, and the diverse knowledge base has opened many doors to me already."