Education, Childhood and Inclusion Undergraduate Courses

If you think that education is just about training to become a teacher, we’ll encourage you to think again.

Discover the lasting impact that education can have on people’s lives, from early years to lifelong learning, and prepare for a wide range of careers in both schools and the wider community.

You’ll have the opportunity to apply to travel abroad to gain an international perspective on education through Go Places, Go Further, or optional international fieldtrips. In the past, students have visited Morocco, The Gambia and Kenya.

96% of students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of our BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Disability course according to the National Student Survey 2019

We also offer a range of postgraduate courses to deepen your critical understanding, including our MA Inclusion and SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability), MA Childhood, MA Educational Leadership and MA Education.

"There were a lot of opportunities to take extra training"

"I was really glad that I chose Education Studies because it allows me to go into a whole range of roles. You get to learn about the whole picture, rather than just what goes on in mainstream classrooms. There were a lot of opportunities to take extra training alongside your degree."

Sarah is now the Managing Director of Operation Diversity, a company she set up to enable individuals with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties to reach their full potential. She is also an ambassador for the British Dyslexia Association (DBA), a motivational speaker and Inclusion Consultant.

Sarah Chapman, BA (Hons) Education Studies graduate

Career opportunities

Depending on which course or pathway you choose, you’ll have a range of opportunities open to you.

  • learning support
  • mentoring
  • care assistant
  • SEND support
  • careers guidance
  • higher level teaching assistant
  • offender and community learning facilitator

You could also progress on to a masters degree or undertake further study to become a teacher.

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Inspiring Joanna to push for her ultimate dream

Joanna Wilkinson has been inspired, challenged and pushed beyond what she thought was possible on our BA (Hons) Education Studies with SEND pathway.

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If you choose to study BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Disability or one of our optional Education Studies pathways, you’ll undertake placements. Recently these have included schools, colleges, international centres, voluntary organisations and leisure centres. This valuable real world experience will be an advantage when you apply for your first graduate job.

Optional Specialism

Our Education Studies degree offers you the chance to study an optional specialism in an area that sparks your interest: Career Development, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

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Undergraduate Live Online Events

While we’re not able to welcome you in person to our campuses at the moment, we’re not going to let that stop us showing you all the great things about studying at Derby.

We’re currently planning our autumn Open Events to bring you the best possible online and on-campus experience.

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If you don’t have a place at uni, have had a change of heart about your course, or maybe your gap year plans are on hold – don’t worry. Call our Clearing hotline on 01332 592020 and explore your options.

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