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


Course level



Joint Honours

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

Top25for Education**The Guardian University Guide 2020

Combining Education Studies with another subject will help set you apart as a versatile, confident and forward-thinking graduate – with the broad-ranging skills and knowledge which appeal to potential employers. 

Education Studies is all about understanding how people develop and learn throughout their lives. It’s a fascinating and challenging subject which will open up multiple career directions for you.

Deepen your understanding

We encourage you to consider different aspects of education and where and how it happens – from early years, primary and secondary education to higher education and lifelong learning. You’ll look at educational processes, systems and approaches while exploring psychological, social, cultural, political and historical contexts.

Overall you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the aims of education and its role within society. The course examines how education theory relates to policies and practices, including Government policies. We also consider education from a student perspective, including motivation, learners’ differing needs and learner behaviour.

Expertise to inspire you

Our course is delivered by a supportive and committed teaching team. You’ll be inspired by highly skilled practitioners from a range of backgrounds including primary, secondary and further education teaching, social work, nursery management, health visiting, social services, law, tourism and ICT. It makes for a rich and varied programme offering wide-ranging knowledge and expertise.  

The team includes 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.

A vibrant learning experience

We pride ourselves on offering a friendly, welcoming learning environment where you will receive plenty of encouragement and guidance. Tutors are approachable, dedicated and passionate about their subjects.

Our Kirtley Building offers first-rate facilities for our Education students, including specially designed collaborative learning spaces and a large hall for practical activities and observing learning in action.

What you will study

Module availability and the number of modules you are required to take will depend on whether you choose this subject as a major, joint or minor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'll be taught in a range of ways, including lectures with interactive seminar activities and tutorials. These are aimed to support you in your assessments. During stage three, you'll have more opportunities to learn independently, while still having the support of the tutorials.

How you're assessed

There are no exams. You'll be assessed through essays, presentations, portfolios, reports, and case study analysis.

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
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

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


£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*


£14,045 per year


* 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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The benefits of a Joint Honours degree are that you can keep your options open, extend your career scope and build a flexible set of skills. It marks you out to potential employers as adaptable, versatile and well organised.

You can look forward to career opportunities in fields relating to education, social care, health care, careers and guidance, and the voluntary sector. You could also take your skills and knowledge to the next level with postgraduate study.

If you want to become a teacher when you’ve completed your course, you could apply to study our PGCE Primary. Alternatively you could choose our PGCE Post-14 (Education and Training)  if you’re interested in teaching in the lifelong learning sector.


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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

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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.

Included in your fees

Depending on our Joint Honours course combination, you will be entitled to approximately 50% of the following:

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

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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