Course details

Study options

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

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fee

£12,500 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

96-112 (September 2018 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 solid understanding of education – from early years to lifelong learning – on this dynamic course. You’ll benefit from a strong focus on social justice, international learning opportunities and the chance to take a specialist pathway.

Take a look at programme leader Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler's 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

Opening 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

We equip you with a broad spectrum of knowledge about the subject of education, underpinned by an emphasis on social justice and bringing together perspectives from psychology, sociology and social policy.

You will consider different aspects of education and where and how it happens, including primary, secondary and higher education as well as lifelong learning.

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

Invaluable placement opportunities

If you select one of our specialist pathways, you will undertake compulsory work placements to develop your practical skills and strengthen your professional profile.

Even if you choose not to study a specialist 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 global outlook

This course has a strong 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 Erasmus 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

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 will 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.

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

You’ll study modules such as:

  • 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
  • Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Curriculum Frameworks

Special Educational Needs and Disability pathway modules:

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

TESOL pathway modules:

  • An Introduction to TESOL
  • 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 Art
  • 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 will 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

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

Entry requirements

September 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points96-112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

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.

If you have lived outside of the UK in the past five years (excluding holidays), you will need to provide a current satisfactory Certificate of Good Conduct from the country you were resident in. You will need to submit this at your course induction. Further information can be found on the gov.uk website.

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 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
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.

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Find out more about Education Studies with optional pathway in SEND or TESOL

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per module

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.

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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Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

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.

Programme leader

Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler

Contact us

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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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