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Our courses will support you on your path to becoming a qualified teacher. You'll explore the theory and practical elements to help prepare you for the exciting challenges of the contemporary classroom.

Why choose to study Education at Derby?

Employable Graduates - We're ranked in the top 10 Universities in the country for employability with 96.7% of our graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree.

  • We have top class courses - Ofsted rated our Primary Education courses as 'outstanding' in 2010, and in the Newly Qualified Teacher Survey, our students rated their training as among the best in the country
  • As well as sharing their research findings with you, our lecturers regularly publish their work to inform the education sector, and many lecturers have published books on topics such as behavioural management in early years, understanding special educational needs and lifelong learning in contemporary Britain
  •  In a climate of almost constant change, the education agenda is sometimes influenced by rapid shifts in policy and the needs of the contemporary workplace. Our aim is to prepare you to meet these challenges as they are translated to the modern classroom.

Find out more about our BEd (Hons) Education course

Our BEd (Hons) Education course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), so you'll be able to go straight into your first teaching job when you graduate. The structure of the course is matched to the needs of teachers in Key Stages 1 and 2. We're passionate about making sure you're ready for your new career in teaching so you'll undertake a placement in a different school at each stage of the course, including a special school. This will help to build your skills and experience with different year groups and better understand where you might want to focus your career.

  • In the 2014 National Student Survey, 90% of our students said that they were satisfied with the quality of the course overall
  • In the prestigious Good Teacher Training Guide (PDF, 811.1 KB) 2013, we ranked as a top five university
  • We've received 'Outstanding' results from the most recent Ofsted reports for our BEd course so you can ensure you'll receive an excellent teaching experience
  • You can tailor the course to suit your personal and career interests, by having a large choice of specialist modules to study.

Find out more about our BA (Hons) Education Studies 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.

  • In the 2014 National Student Survey, 91% of our students said that they were satisfied with the quality of the course overall
  • You'll have the chance to visit the Netherlands or The Gambia, a life changing educational experience
  • 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

Please note, this course does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you will need to complete a PGCE in addition to this course.

Join us at an open day

Book your place at our next open day, 28 February 2015 - this will give you the opportunity to attend subject talks, tour the University and speak to both the teaching team and current students of our BSc (Hons) Geography course.