Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

X300

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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If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

Gain a broad understanding of education from early years to lifelong learning before pursing a career in teaching or education more widely. You will benefit from a strong focus on social equality, international learning opportunities and the chance to take a specialist pathway.

Take a look at the programme leader’s, Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler, blog 'Could Education Studies be the right path for you?

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Sarah Chapman on BA (Hons) Education Studies with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities degree

The Education Studies degree opens doors to a wide range of careers, this course explores the role of education in society and examines how moral and social issues shape learning.

Develop in-depth knowledge

You will be provided with a solid understanding of education and educational equality, bringing together perspectives from history, psychology, sociology and philosophy.

You will attending an intellectually stimulating course that will make you an authority on current education policy and practice.

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

Invaluable placement opportunities

Even if you choose not to study a specialist pathway, you’ll still undertake a 12-day work placement in an education setting during stage two of the course.

A global outlook

This course has an international focus so we offer exciting opportunities for you to travel abroad. Our programme of international fieldtrips has given our students first-hand experience of education in countries such as Morocco, The Gambia and Poland.

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

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

Our distinctive pathways

You can tailor this degree to your 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 will explore a range of SEND practitioner roles and the ways that government policy impacts upon such roles, in and out of 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 will 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 you’ll be encouraged to reflect on your own knowledge and understanding of the English language.

A vibrant community

You will be taught by influential researchers and published authors whose work is shaping the debate about the future of education. Their research in education includes topics such as inclusion, diversity, social equality, online learning and pastoral care in primary, secondary and higher education.

Guaranteed interviews for our PGCE Primary

If you complete this degree and meet the entry requirements for our PGCE Primary, we will guarantee you an interview during your final year of undergraduate study (subject to places being available). 

Places on our PGCE are highly sought after, so we recommend you apply as early as possible once UCAS opens.

Terms and conditions:

  • There are a limited number of places on the PGCE Primary. Once the course is full, applications will close and no further interviews will be held
  • Interviews are guaranteed for students who meet the entry requirements for the PGCE Primary, including GCSE grades, degree classification, experience and successful completion of the Skills Tests
  • An interview does not guarantee an offer to study on the course

What you will study

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4ED500

Education for All? Exploring Inequality

This module provides an introduction to the study of The Sociology of Education, by introducing the key concepts of class, gender and ethnicity to students. The issue of poverty and inequality in education will be analysed, and the module will focus on developing an understanding of the influence of class, gender, and ethnicity on educational achievement.

Specifically, the module will develop the student’s ability to understand how the application of theory can help to explain issues of continued inequality in education. There will be consideration of a range of sociological theories. This module will be taught through a mixture of active learning approaches, including seminars, individual and group tutorials, directed and independent study.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4ED501

Introduction to Comparative Education

This module offers an opportunity for you to become informed about educational practice in more than one country. This will involve analysing and comparing a specific feature of education provision in the UK with comparable provision in a European context.

In particular, students will consider education structures and provision in selected countries of Europe. We understand Europe to include New Europe, as well as the traditional countries.

This module provides students with information about the University’s exchange programme in Europe and encourages students to explore the possibility of undertaking an exchange visit in year two.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4ED504

Psychology and Education: Understanding Teaching and Learning

This module is concerned with the contribution psychology has made to the education sector. Psychological theoretical frameworks and psychological research are used, to examine our current understanding of and influences on teaching and learning.

The aim of this module is to explore the relationship between different psychological traditions and explanations of how learning occurs. Psychological theories including behaviourism, constructivism and socio-cultural approaches are examined to investigate the impact of such ideas on education.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4ED505

Teaching Learning and the Curriculum

This level 4 core module gives you insights into how and why the current school curriculum provision in the statutory years has developed over the last three decades. There is a focus on current curriculum debates and some exploration of future curriculum content as well as strategies for delivery in schools.

Through lectures and seminar group work you will be introduced to a range of concepts such as curriculum, National Curriculum, accountability, inclusion and choice as well as curriculum structure and key stages.

We encourage you to reflect on your own experiences to help you understand the literature from a range of sources. Tutorials provide opportunities for small group/one-to-one feedback and, later in the module, support student assignment planning.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4ED511

Social and Emotional Development

This module explores the social and emotional development of children and young people and examines theoretical frameworks for understanding this. It also considers the influence of families, peers and teachers in the developmental process. Students will have opportunities to discuss and debate the role of the environment and the development of social and emotional skills in childhood and the potential for their long-term effects on adult life.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4ED513

Philosophy of Education

The module will serve as an introduction to philosophy generally, and as an introduction to the philosophy of education in particular. The aim of the module is to provide students of education with foundational knowledge and range of approaches that can be applied to their field.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4EY500

Early Language and Communication

Language and Communication are central to children’s emotional, social and cognitive development. The ability to express needs, feelings, opinions and questions unlocks the world of understanding, knowledge and relationships for the young child.

This module provides students with key knowledge of language and communication development in young children and babies, identifies the role of the adult in promoting language and looks at theories of language development. It provides the student with the opportunity to discuss and analyse a range of theoretical perspectives and consider their application to practice.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4EY503

Self-Management, Study Skills and ICT

This module is intended to develop the students’ skills and confidence in producing academic writing and confident use of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (ULE). It will deal with how to collect information from academically appropriate sources and present this in a well structured manner with indication as to its source.

The skills developed in this module are generic ones which will be applicable across all modules. Additionally, the module facilitates self evaluation of a range of key skills and promotes the development of an action plan focusing on academic, personal and career outcomes. Inherent in this is the development of the skill of critical self reflection.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5ED502

Education in Context: a reflection

The placement (12 days/72 hours) aims to offer you an opportunity to develop an appreciation of an educational setting and the working practices of professionals who work in the education sector. You will also begin to reflect on your own professional identity and profile in context.

This module will allow you the prospect of reflecting on theories studied throughout your programme, the application of these theories and policies in a practical setting. You will have the chance to develop the transferable skills of professionalism, communication, time management, organisation, and interpersonal relations.

During this module you will have the opportunity to think critically about your placement context and to explore educational topics relating to that setting. These key questions will help you develop and refine your own philosophy of education and inform your own career pathway.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5ED509

Research Methods for Independent Study

This module will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and understanding to undertake your level 6 Educational Independent Study.

Drawing on a qualitative approach to educational research enquiry, this module will enable you to examine and critique the theoretical and practical process of educational research design from developing an understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research methodological approaches, to consideration of research ethics, access, sample and limitation.

Additionally, you will be introduced to a selection of research methods for data collection, and mechanisms for analysis of such data with an emphasis on qualitative research methods.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5ED500

Curriculum Frameworks

This module explores debates surrounding National Curricula in England and other education systems. It examines the political, historical, cultural and economic influences on curriculum frameworks through exploring debates about required content, purposes, structure, ownership and impact. It also examines how such themes are represented in the media taking account of the structure of the education system in England and accountability.

There will be a range of teaching and learning methods employed throughout the module including: lectures, seminar activities, individual and group work, tutorials and independent study.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5ED501

Education and Globalisation

This module is for those students interested in exploring the influence of globalisation on educational provision. It may be of particular interest to those who would like to work abroad or in an international context.

The module will help students develop their intercultural knowledge and communication skills by giving them the opportunity to engage with international students. Students will be encouraged to consider a range of educational themes from the perspectives of others in order to facilitate their own intercultural awareness and the notion of citizenship within a global context.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5ED503

Educational Alternatives

This module explores the influence of a range of historical and philosophical perspectives on education and considers ways in which the promulgation of alternative approaches to education has influenced curriculum options and choices. You will be introduced to different approaches to education drawing on the work of a range of philosophers.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5ED505

Exploring Disability

This module will explore the overall concept of disability and the key issues that affect disabled children, young people and adults’ lives, impacting on their educational and employment opportunities.

The focus will be on a range of disabilities both hidden and physical, with an emphasis on the importance of health, wellbeing and mental ill health.

There will be a range of teaching and learning methods employed throughout the module including: lectures, seminar activities, case studies, individual and group work, tutorials, academic poster presentations and independent study.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5ED506

Individual Differences and Learning

This module will explore the psychology of individual differences and will consider two concerns in this area, namely intelligence and personality.

The module will focus on a critical exploration of accounts relating to intelligence and personality and how questions about this controversial concept resonate within the education sector. It explores the relevance of these accounts to an understanding of teaching, learning and assessment for both teachers and learners.

There will be a range of teaching and learning methods employed throughout the module including: lectures, seminar activities, case studies, individual and group work, tutorials and independent study.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5ED508

Meeting Emotional Needs in Education

This module will explore the complex area of emotional wellbeing for learners in education. It will consider a range of theories which explain emotional development from the early work of Freud and Bowlby to more recent thinkers who promote a more humanistic view of individual emotional development.

The module will seek to apply theoretical accounts in an effort to critically consider organisational structure and teacher/lecturer interactions in supporting the emotional needs of learners.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5ED510

Specific Learning Difficulties

The umbrella term Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) is used to cover a wide range of categorical terms which are applied to learners and which signal the diversity of the learner population.

This module will provide you with an opportunity to develop an informed understanding of, and insight into different perspectives on the specificity, origin, identification, consequences and educational response surrounding specific learning difficulties with specific reference to creating an inclusive classroom.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5ED512

Sociology of Education

This exciting module focuses on the Sociology of Education enabling students to analyse the purpose of education and the theories that describe how education plays out in a contemporary context.

Education and the division of Labour (Functionalism) will be examined, along with the benefits of the education system for a capitalist society (Marxism) and the issues of individuals within the system (Interactionism) will be discussed.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5ED513

European Identity

The European Council of International Schools (http://www.ecis.org/) places particular emphasis on school students’ and others need to have knowledge of the formation of the European Union, including its founding principles, system of governance and the process of its continuing expansion.

There is also increasing attention given in academic and ‘popular’ culture to debate about notions of personal and collective identity, rights and responsibilities.

This module seeks to give students an introduction to such knowledge and debates, presented in thematic ways, and thereby equipping them to critically appraise their own developing sense of ‘self’ and to be able to relate such notions to processes of formal and informal education and learning.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5ED514

International Placement

Evidence suggests that by taking a work placement, students improve their chances of making sure knowledge about applied aspects of their own academic learning, and of their being able to successfully progress in to relevant employment following graduation.

This module offers students the opportunity to spend some time experiencing working in a primary or secondary school, and critically linking this to their learning.

The module may be taken as a block or concurrently with the student’s programme in the spring semester. Students taking this pathway will NOT be able to take any other placement module at this Level.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5ED515

The International Primary Curriculum

There is a growing concern amongst International School providers to offer a curriculum which is recognised as being of internationally acceptable breadth and quality.

Such a curriculum as that developed by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) is being adopted and implemented in a growing number of International Schools in Europe and elsewhere in the world.

This module requires students to consider its implications for worthwhile international curriculum design and effective pedagogic practices.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5ED516

An Introduction to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

This module is for students who are interested in developing an understanding of the practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

It will explore the basics of language acquisition theory and popular methodology while inviting students to practise the methods, procedures and techniques used in the language classroom. Students will also develop an awareness of the English language and aspects of grammar, lexis and phonology.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5ED522

Managing Behaviour

This module provides an opportunity for students, who wish to apply for the PGCE programme and students with a general interest in behaviour management, to explore theoretical and professional perspectives of understanding why people behave inappropriately, what the causes might be, the impact of inappropriate behaviour and strategies to manage that behaviour in a contemporary educational setting.

Students will analyse government policy and guidelines on behaviour management and evaluate to what extent theoretical perspectives and literature in the field support these policies.

The module then enables the students to apply this understanding to the critical examination of learners in a contemporary education setting and recommend strategies to manage behaviour effectively.

The module requires the student to be open to new ideas and perspectives on the management of behaviour in an educational setting. There will be a range of teaching and learning methods employed throughout the module including: lectures, seminar activities, individual and group work, tutorials, and independent study.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5ED523

Theories and Concepts of Career Development

The aim of this 20 credit module is to provide learners with an introduction to the key components of career development and career management (careers education, information, advice, guidance, mentoring, coaching and counselling).

Throughout the module, learners will be supported to develop their knowledge and understanding of the theory, policy, principles, curriculum frameworks and quality processes which underpin career development.

Learners will have an opportunity to reflect upon and assess the effectiveness of different models and approaches used in a range of settings. 

The module outcomes and content have been designed to meet the requirements of the national occupational standards for those wishing to practice career guidance in a range of settings and specifically NOS CDICRD01.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6ED998

Educational Independent Study

This 40 credit independent study module is the culminating experience of the education studies degree. The Educational Independent Study module is a two-semester project in which students pursue independent research on a question or problem of their choice, engage with the scholarly debates in the relevant disciplines, and with the guidance of their mentor produce a substantial product of 10,000 words (or the equivalent) that reflects a deep understanding of the topic.

This project is a multifaceted assignment that serves as a culminating academic and intellectual experience for students in their final year of their degree. The final independent study project may take a wide variety of forms, but all are long-term investigative projects that culminate in a final product or presentation.

Students select a topic, profession, or social issue that interests them, conduct research on the subject, maintain the findings or results, create a final product demonstrating their learning acquisition and/or conclusions. The final format of the Educational Independent Study will be outlined in the research proposal and negotiated with the project supervisor. Some of the final product forms could include but are not limited to, a paper, short film or multimedia presentation, or a professional portfolio. Students could give an oral presentation on the project to an audience who collectively evaluate its quality. The aim of the final product would be for students to create something meaningful for them and for their participants.

As part of their final assessment students will assess the impact of their educational experiences on their ethical perspectives and critical thinking skills. Students will reflect on and evaluate their personal and professional growth throughout the project, the benefits of the knowledge gained and evaluate the strategy employed, as well as reflect on the impact of these elements on their future.

This project is designed to develop employability and a sense of ‘graduateness’ by encouraging students to think critically, solve challenging problems, and develop transferable skills such as project management, critical thinking skills, oral communication, public speaking, research skills, media literacy, teamwork, planning, self-sufficiency, or goal setting. In some cases, the projects will be also interdisciplinary, in the sense that they require students to apply skills or investigate issues across many different subject areas or domains of knowledge.

The Educational Independent Study module is conducted in a supportive seminar environment that draws on the participant's experience and interest in order to synthesize students’ learning in the creation of a significant contribution to scholarship and/or professional practice.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6ED500

Contemporary Debates in Education and Learning

This module explores the concept of social exclusion, with a particular focus on the role of education in mediating such exclusion.

The module draws on theoretical explanations of social exclusion to enable the development of an understanding of the underlying social processes that contribute to social exclusion.

Particularly, the module asks how education policies and practices can create interventions and strategies which perpetuate and exacerbate social exclusion either purposefully or indirectly, or whether such strategies can act to reduce and alleviate social exclusion. Drawing on contemporary themes, topics for consideration are identified.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6ED501

Curriculum Corruption and Construction

The aim of this module is to explore the influences on contemporary curricula and promote a deeper interest in and concern for curriculum design.

The curriculum has recently received much attention in the teaching and learning agenda with a range of perspectives and ideologies presenting controversial and competing opinions.

The process of curriculum design is central to promoting student learning, moreover, education is a highly complex matter where explicit philosophies or agendas have influenced and shaped educational thinking. This module seeks to understand how these controversies have impacted on the curriculum in recent years. 

The intended (or “official”) curriculum is expressed for example in policy documents, curriculum frameworks or guidelines, frameworks of standards and assessment and clearly defines the structure, content and methods of intended learning experiences.

This “intended” curriculum is then put into practice through real teachers interacting with real students in real contexts. Is it the “real” or “implemented” curriculum that shapes students’ learning experiences and determines their learning outcomes?

This module offers opportunities for students to develop their understanding of central issues related to principles of curriculum design and why the curriculum is often perceived as being corrupted.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical

Code: 6ED503

Education and Global Inequality

This module looks at the relationship between globalisation and education. Students are encouraged to explore the impact of global debt, colonialism, and poverty upon the provision of education in emerging societies.

The module offers the student an opportunity to explore how political and economic processes influence education policy and provision in a wider global context. In addition, cultural factors are explored in order to evaluate why inequalities exist worldwide.

Students who are interested in how education can be used to bring about positive changes for individuals, communities, and societies will be interested in this module.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6ED504

Education and Wellbeing

The concept of wellbeing is complex, subjective and difficult to define, it is a challenge to operationalise and as a consequence research. Wellbeing is associated with the pursuit of happiness, quality of life and self-fulfillment. This concern for the way people feel about their lives has found its way into the policy and practice of education.

Educational organisations are often concerned with the lack of wellbeing amongst teachers and learners. This module will explore the concept of wellbeing and ask the question ‘Does education influence happiness and contribute positively to wellbeing?’

Additionally, the module will question the role of education in promoting wellbeing through learning and challenge whether education should actively promote wellbeing through the curriculum and additional organisational support.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6ED505

Learning and Motivation

This module provides an opportunity for students with an interest in learner motivation to examine theoretical and practical perspectives on promoting engagement for educational achievement.

Contemporary theories differ in their explanation of motivation; this module explores the personal, social and contextual nature of the concept and examines how it is manifested in individual and group differences.

Students will be encouraged to apply their developing understanding of this area to explain different levels of motivation amongst learners and to consider suggested strategies to improve motivation in a variety of learning situations.

This module is taught through a mixture of learning approaches. Students are expected to engage with in-session activities, directed tasks including pre-readings and wider research as independent study.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6ED509

Special Educational Needs Disability and the Inclusion Debate

Using a critical-theory approach, this module explores a range of perspectives on what an inclusive education system for SEND actually is and how inclusion can be hindered or enhanced.

It evaluates the policies, practices, and attitudes that may influence inclusive outcomes for learners with SEND and explores policy in England in depth. It explores theoretical accounts of disability with reference to social construction, norming and stigmatisation, noting how belief systems impact powerfully on practice.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6ED511

Understanding and Managing the Behaviour of Learners

This module provides an opportunity for students with a general interest in managing behaviour, to examine theoretical and professional perspectives on managing the behaviours of learners.

The module will examine political policy in relation to the behaviour of learners in schools and the possible implications for teaching staff and students. Different theories regarding behaviour management strategies will also be evaluated.

From this, the module engages the student in a critical appraisal of potential behaviour management strategies, their operation and likely consequences. 

The module requires the student to be open to new ideas and perspectives on a ‘take-for-granted’ set of assumptions about managing the behaviours of others.

There will be a range of teaching and learning methods employed throughout the module including: lectures, seminar activities, individual and group work, tutorials, and independent study.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6ED512

Education and the Arts

This module explores the role of the arts in the curriculum in England. ‘The arts’ will be understood as a broad range of art and artistic endeavour, including: theatre; music; dance; drawing and painting; sculpture; literature and poetry; multimedia and digital arts.

The module addresses key debates regarding the justification for embedding the arts into subjects across a curriculum and asks the question “is art for art’s sake” justified? Art, it has been argued, is a fundamental and essential element of being human and living in society.

It is claimed that there are no known examples of societies, past or present, which do not have some form of artistic activities and artefacts. It seems appropriate, therefore that the arts should have a place in education and the transmission of culture. As UNESCO (2006) assert, culture and the arts are essential components of a comprehensive education leading to the full development of the individual.

Artistic and cultural activities have always been part, to a greater or lesser extent, of the education system in England. However, there is currently a concern that the arts are marginalised in the primary and secondary curricula and that their role in the development of the individual and society is not fully understood or valued.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

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

You will be taught using a variety of methods from directed study, lectures, seminars, and tutorials. If you choose not to follow a pathway you will still be undertaking a 12-day work placement in an education setting.

How you're assessed

You won’t have to take any exams as you will be assessed through course work, including essays, presentations, portfolios, reports and case study analysis.

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Outdoor Learning Space

Learn how to apply education in an outdoor setting, using nature to improve the personal, social and technical skills of children.

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Who will teach you

Ruth Mieschbuehler

Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler
Programme leader

Ruth is a Programme Leader for Education Studies

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
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.

Please Note: Whilst you are not required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate before starting this course, you will be required to obtain a DBS certificate before you start any placement where you will be working with children, young people or vulnerable adults. A DBS certificate is a compulsory element of the SEND and TESOL pathways. If you are unable to obtain a DBS certificate you will be unable to complete any of the specialist pathways (in SEND or TESOL) and your placement will need to be located where there is no legal DBS requirement. Payment for the DBS initial process is included in your course fees.

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

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

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

Additional costs and optional extras

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.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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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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Careers

As BA (Hons) Education Studies graduate you will discover 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.

Throughout the course, we place great emphasis on improving your employability. Our end-of-year symposium Voices of the Near Future encourages students to showcase their future aspirations and explore the many career directions available.

Please note that this course does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status. However, if you’d like to train to be a teacher, you will be guaranteed an interview for our PGCE Primary if you meet the entry requirements.

You could also apply to study our PGCE Post-14 (Education and Training) or enhance your career prospects further still by continuing to study with us at masters level.

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

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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.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

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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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