BA (Hons) Education Studies with optional pathway in SEND, TESOL or Career Development
Why choose this course?
Gain a solid understanding of education – from early years to lifelong learning – on this dynamic course. You’ll benefit from a strong focus on social justice, international learning opportunities and the chance to take a specialist pathway.
Enhance your career prospects: 100% of our BA (Hons) Education Studies graduates were in work or further study within six months of completing this course
Tailor your degree to your career aspirations by choosing one of our pathways in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), or Career Development
Broaden your educational horizons on one of our exciting international fieldtrips: our students have travelled as far afield as The Gambia, Morocco and Poland
Gain valuable practical experience on work placements which will strengthen your CV
Consider different aspects of education in a range of settings, within and outside school
Join a course with high satisfaction ratings: in the 2016 National Student Survey, 95% of students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of the course
Opening doors to a wide range of careers, this course explores the role of education in society and examines how moral and social issues shape learning.
Develop in-depth knowledge
We equip you with a broad spectrum of knowledge about the subject of education, underpinned by an emphasis on social justice and bringing together perspectives from psychology, sociology and social policy.
You will consider different aspects of education and where and how it happens, including primary, secondary and higher education as well as lifelong learning.
You can choose to build on this core knowledge by following one of our specialist pathways in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and Career Development.
Invaluable placement opportunities
If you select one of our specialist pathways, you will undertake compulsory work placements to develop your practical skills and strengthen your professional profile.
Even if you choose not to study a specialist pathway, you’ll still have the option to go on a 12-day work placement in an education setting during stage two of the course.
A global outlook
This course has a strong international focus so we offer exciting opportunities for you to travel abroad. Our programme of international fieldtrips has given our students first-hand experience of education in countries such as Morocco, The Gambia and Poland.
We also participate in the Erasmus scheme, which enables you to apply to study in the Netherlands as part of your course, bringing a new dimension to your CV.
These international options provide you with valuable insights into different contexts and levels of educational provision as well as critical issues surrounding economic, social, and cultural development.
Our distinctive pathways
You can tailor this degree to your interests by taking one of our three optional specialist pathways:
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Pathway
This pathway has been developed in response to a growing demand for high-calibre trained staff who can work with learners with special educational needs and/or disability.
You will explore a range of SEND practitioner roles and the ways that government policy impacts upon such roles, in and out of the classroom. Our strong links with schools and colleges – both special and mainstream – mean you can learn from leading professionals working in the SEND field.
This pathway is ideal if you want to focus on English language teaching for learners in a variety of contexts. It equips you with the skills to work with English as an Additional Language (EAL) pupils in a primary or secondary setting; to work abroad as an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher; or to work as a teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in an adult or community environment.
You will undertake observed teaching practice to give you vital experience and enhance your employability. We introduce you to various approaches for teaching grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, speaking and pronunciation. You’ll also look at lesson planning, syllabus design and assessment. In addition you’ll be encouraged to reflect on your own knowledge and understanding of the English language.
Career Development Pathway
You will gain the knowledge for success in a thriving professional sector where you can support the career development of young people and adults. This pathway combines the disciplines of education and career studies to prepare you for roles with schools, pupil referral units, further education colleges, universities, vocational education providers and community organisations.
You’ll develop a high level of professional practice which will be recognised by the Career Development Institute and can lead to professional registration. The pathway is co-delivered with staff from our International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS), who all have experience as advanced practitioners, researchers and consultants in the career development sector.
A vibrant community
We pride ourselves on offering a friendly, welcoming learning environment where you will receive plenty of encouragement and guidance. Our tutors are approachable, dedicated and passionate about their subjects.
You will be taught by 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.
Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English
Interview / Audition
Please Note: You are not required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting the course. However, if you wish to undertake a placement during the course (which are a compulsory element of the SEND, TESOL and Career Development pathways), you’ll be required to obtain a DBS certificate before you start your placement. We will assist you in completing the form. If you are unable to obtain a DBS certificate, unfortunately you will not be able to go on placement and will therefore be unable to complete any of the specialist pathways (in SEND, TESOL or Career Development).
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 gov.uk website.
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You will be taught using a variety of methods from directed study, lectures, seminars, and tutorials. If you choose a specialist pathway, you’ll undertake compulsory work placements. If you choose not to study a pathway, you will have the choice of completing a 12-day work placement in an education setting.
How you're assessed
You won’t have to take any exams as you will be assessed through case study analysis, essays, portfolios, presentations and reports.
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.
As BA (Hons) Education Studies graduate you will discover wide-ranging career opportunities in fields relating not only to education but also to social care, health care, careers and guidance, and the voluntary sector.
Our graduates are now enjoying success as higher level teaching assistants, welfare child protection officers, early years practitioners, care assistants, and community learning facilitators.
Depending on the specialist pathway you choose, you could also progress to roles such as special educational needs co-ordinator, SEND teacher or SEND manager; as a teacher specialising in English as a foreign language; or as a career development professional in various educational settings.
Throughout the course, we place great emphasis on improving your employability. Our end-of-year symposium Voices of the Near Future encourages students to showcase their future aspirations and explore the many career directions available.
"All the lecturers had the “can do” attitude towards students. There are times when you are juggling work, home and study and you start to think “I can’t do all this!” but the lecturers encourage and support you. They were so friendly and approachable – it was like we were working as a team with the same goals."
"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, graduate
"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.