Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fee

£12,500 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

64-96 (September 2018 entry)

UCAS code

X301

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

This course is available as a Joint Honours degree.

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Course description

Start your journey towards a BA (Hons) Education Studies with our foundation year. This a great option if you don’t meet the formal entry requirements to join the full honours degree directly. This course will build your knowledge and confidence while offering an excellent introduction to all aspects of education – from early years to lifelong learning.

If you don’t have the entry qualifications to progress directly to our BA (Hons) Education Studies, you can still achieve a full honours degree in four years  – thanks to our foundation year route.

From day one of the foundation year stage, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of being a University of Derby student, along with extra support to help you build your knowledge, skills and confidence.

A broad spectrum of knowledge

You’ll gain in-depth knowledge about the subject of education, underpinned by an emphasis on social justice and bringing together perspectives from psychology, sociology and social policy.

This course examines different aspects of education and where and how it happens, including primary, secondary and higher education, as well as lifelong learning.

You can build on this core knowledge by following one of our pathways in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Real-world learning in action

As part of our specialist pathways, you'll undertake compulsory work placements to develop your practical skills and raise your professional profile.

Even if you choose not to study a specific 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 strong international focus

We offer exciting opportunities for you to travel abroad to broaden your horizons. Our programme of international fieldtrips has given our students first-hand experience of education in countries such as Morocco, The Gambia and Kenya.

We also participate in the Go Places, Go Further international exchange scheme, which enables you to apply to study in the Netherlands as part of your course, bringing a new dimension to your CV.

These experiences provide you with valuable insights into different contexts and levels of educational provision as well as critical issues surrounding economic, social, and cultural development.

Choose your pathway

Build a degree to reflect your personal interests by taking one of our two 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’ll explore a range of SEND practitioner roles and the ways that government policy impacts upon such roles, inside and outside 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.

TESOL Pathway

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’ll 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, we encourage you to reflect upon your own knowledge and understanding of the English language.

A vibrant learning experience

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’ll 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.

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What you will study

You’ll study modules such as:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Study Skills for Undergraduate Study
  • Literature: Literary Representations of Education and Childhood
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Psychology of Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology

If you already have level 2 English and Maths at grades C or above, you will not be required to take English and Maths as core modules.

  • An Introduction to Comparative Education
  • Education for All? Exploring Inequality
  • Learning in Higher Education
  • Psychology and Education: Understanding Teaching and Learning
  • Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Individual Differences and Learning
  • Research Methods for Independent Study
  • The Sociology of Education
  • Education in Context: A Reflection

Optional modules:

  • Education and Globalisation
  • Educational Alternatives
  • Meeting Emotional Needs in Education
  • Lifelong Learning Policy and People
  • An Introduction to TESOL
  • Curriculum Frameworks
  • Specific Learning Difficulties

Special Educational Needs and Disability pathway modules:

  • Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Education in Context (A Reflection) - placement module
  • Educational Independent Study

Optional modules:

  • Contemporary Debates in Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Curriculum, Corruption and Construction
  • Education and Global Inequality
  • Education and the Arts
  • Education and Wellbeing
  • Understanding and Managing the Behaviours of Learners
  • Learning and Motivation

Special Educational Needs and Disability pathway modules:

  • The Changing Role of the SEND Practitioner
  • Managing Special Education Needs and Disability
  • SEND in Context

TESOL pathway modules:

  • The Principles and Practice of TESOL 1
  • The Principles and Practice of TESOL 2
  • Linguistics for TESOL

How you will learn

You’ll 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

During your foundation year you will be assessed mainly by coursework, and with some in-class tests.

From stage one onwards, you won’t have to take any exams as you’ll be assessed through case study analysis, essays, portfolios, presentations and reports.

Entry requirements

September 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points64-96 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEN/A
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£12,500 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

Careers

Our BA (Hons) Education Studies with Foundation Year paves the way to 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 or as a teacher specialising in English as a foreign language.

You could also enhance your career prospects further still by continuing to study with us at masters level. 

Please note that this course does not offer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). However, many of our graduates choose to progress to postgraduate teacher training programmes, such as our PGCE Primary or PGCE Post-14 (Education and Training).

Contact details

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Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generalmarketing@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

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Teaching hours

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 usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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