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.

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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, Italy and Austria.

We also offer a postgraduate programme, MA Education which offers a range of specialised pathways to deepen your critical understanding.

Education, Childhood and Inclusion - your questions answered

In the below video, Head of Discipline, Sharon Bell, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Education, Childhood and Inclusion at the University of Derby. You can also watch exclusive subject content by signing up to Derby on Demand.

Sharon Bell, Head of Discipline for Education, Childhood and Inclusion.

View Teacher Training - your questions answered! video transcript

"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 prospects

These programmes are an excellent foundation for a range of valuable careers within Education, Social and Health Care, Careers Guidance as well as the Voluntary and Charitable sector.

  • starting up their own business
  • using their Early Childhood Studies degree to be qualified Early Years practitioners and managing nurseries
  • using their TESOL expertise to teach English abroad
  • supporting children and young people in pastoral and mentoring roles and as Higher Level Teaching Assistants
  • supporting children, young people and families employed in the Voluntary and Charitable sector
  • becoming an offender and community learning facilitator

Many of our students choose to further their education by studying a postgraduate degree or undertake an additional professional qualification to become successful teachers, social workers and health care professionals.

educational psychologist working with children

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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The programmes within the Discipline of Education, Childhood and Inclusion are focused on real world learning, where you can apply theory to practice and generate knowledge during placements to develop understanding back in the classroom.

BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) students have placement modules in the first and second year, whilst BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies have placements attached to the programme throughout all 3 years if following the practitioner-option route or you can undertake a placement in Year 2 if following the non-practitioner route. BA (Hons) Education Studies students have a Community project in Year 1, an opportunity to undertake a placement module in Year 2 with additional placement experiences if you choose the TESOL and SEND pathways.

Options and Specialisms

After the first year on your chosen 3 year programme (Education Studies, Early Childhood Studies & SEND), you will be able to choose from a range of option modules to match your interests and career aspirations. Availability of the options change as we aim to reflect relevant and important areas of study. If you are studying BA (Hons) Education Studies, you will have the option to take a specialist pathway in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or SEND.

"My ability to be resilient, a vital trait needed for teaching, has flourished!"

“The opportunities that I have been offered within my Education Studies degree at the University of Derby to travel have provided me with some of the most valuable life experiences. Both the Erasmus Plus programme and the Learning Together project in Milan have enabled me to make professional connections from around Europe in the form of other teaching professionals and aspiring teachers. Exploring the different cultures of my host countries has also been an incredible experience and I feel that my ability to be resilient, a vital trait needed for teaching, has flourished! We were able to work together to explore different teaching methodologies, approaches and styles and my own understanding of these has been enriched immensely in terms of which ones I plan to use and trial myself in my own teaching.”

Ashleigh Bates, BA (Hons) Education Studies with TESOL graduate 

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