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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.