Undergraduate Course
Available for September start

Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 2 years

UK fee

£5,430 (2024/25)

International fee

£5,430 (2024/25)

Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date




If you already hold 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 in a relevant area of study this online programme allows you to top-up to a full BA (Hons) degree with two years of online study.

The Education Studies programme is a long established and well-respected programme that has been running at the University of Derby since 2000. We are excited to now be able to offer the new online top up degree route for those who are seeking greater flexibility in their studies.

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The highlights

A programme with strong academic roots

The Education Studies degree is a carefully designed programme which aims to go back to the strong academic roots of a traditional education studies degree juxtaposed with a robust focus on contemporary issues.

‘Education’ will be examined through four core academic disciplines which form the pillars of the programme. These are history, sociology, philosophy and psychology. Together, these disciplines allow a full range of enquiry: the study of history allows students to consider how the past influences the future, sociology shows ‘what is’ and how that impacts the education of specific groups, philosophy encourages thinking about ‘what education should be’ and psychology shows ‘what we can be’.

You will also have the opportunity to investigate an area of education that interests you, in-depth, through a literature-based research project.

This online top-up degree is ideal if you currently juggle work and family commitments.

We also run a BA (Hons) Education Studies (Top Up) degree which can be studied full or part-time through traditional campus-based study.

What you will study

The course is structured into four 20 credit modules and one 40 credit module.

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Teaching and Learning

The programme is taught by highly qualified staff with expertise across the four academic strands of history, sociology, philosophy and psychology. They have considerable experience in a range of educational settings.

The academic team are passionate about the discipline, and they work collaboratively to create and maintain high standards of teaching quality and an excellent student experience. They have worked in a variety of education settings and are engaged in research informed teaching.

The programme is delivered entirely online through our user-friendly student portal dashboard and intuitive digital learning environment. You will interact with your tutors and fellow students through a mix of virtual and live classrooms alongside tutorials. Group discussions and debate are held through forums and community spaces and the use of collaborative tools such as wikis for group projects and assignments. Digital texts, ebooks, journals, databases and more are available electronically via our library.

Pace of study

The academic year is made up of three 10-week terms, known as trimesters. We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as academic posters, essays, a literature-based project and pre-recorded presentations.

Student support and guidance

Whilst we encourage our students to become independent, life-long learners, we also recognise that offering the right support and guidance will help you to achieve your goals. There is a wealth of support available to you at the University, from your dedicated Personal Tutor and Online Learner Advisor, through to our:

All these services, and more, are available to you as an online student at the University of Derby.

Who will teach you

Jade Murden
Programme leader

Jade is a senior lecturer on the Education Studies programme.

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Entry requirements

You’ll need:

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

For international students, if you do not hold IELTS, we will accept the following:

Find out more about our English language requirements


Exemptions can be made on the basis of prior academic study, professional qualifications or professional experience. Students that have already studied at another institution, completed a training course or have work experience which appears equivalent to one or more modules of this programme, may be able to translate this prior learning into credits towards course modules so that they do not have to study them again. This is called recognition of prior learning or RPL.

Fees and funding

2024/25 for new entrants

Starting between September 2024 and August 2025.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £905 Four 20-credit modules and one 40 credit module £5,430

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course based on the fee in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

If you are required to undertake any associate study or additional study as a condition of your offer for the programme, please be aware that the cost for this will be in addition to the programme cost stated above.

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from two payment plan options:

Undergraduate funding options

Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for an undergraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to meet the cost of tuition fees.

If you are considering applying for a student loan, please also see our additional guidance on Loans for Online Students.

If you already hold an honours degree, and you are looking to re-skill or up-skill, you may still be eligible for a loan to study this course.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

Apply directly to the University.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Documents to support your application

In order for your application to be assessed, you will need to provide the following documents when you apply:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Please note: failure to submit any documentation when requested, may result in your application being withdrawn.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.


This programme is ideal for anyone currently working, or intending to work with children, young people, or adults in educational roles. However, graduates have also gained employment across health, social care, business and the third sector. It is suitable for those wishing to broaden their skills and career by taking additional qualifications. Options for further online study include:

MA Education

Doctor of Education (EdD)

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