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

You can study Education Studies as either a joint, major or minor subject. This will determine how many modules you’ll study at each stage. Please check your other subject to ensure it is possible to create your chosen combination.


You can study Education Studies as either a major, joint, or minor subject within the Joint Honours scheme. This will determine how many modules you'll study at each stage.

You'll study a selection of modules such as:

  • Education for All? Exploring Inequality
  • Psychology and Education: Understanding Teaching and Learning

Optional modules:

  • Teaching Learning and the Curriculum
  • Learning in Higher Education
  • Individual Differences and Learning

Optional modules:

  • Education in Context: A Reflection
  • Educational Alternatives
  • Exploring Disability
  • Sociology of Education
  • Curriculum Frameworks
  • Research Methods

Optional modules:

  • Educational Independent Study
  • Contemporary Debates in Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Curriculum, Corruption and Construction
  • Special Educational Needs, Disability and the Inclusion Debate
  • Understanding and Managing Behaviour
  • Learning and Motivation

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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Find out more about Education Studies

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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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

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
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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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Guidance for EU students post-Brexit

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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Guidance for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree


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.


Contact us

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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, state-of-the-art 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.


Education Studies can be combined with:

For this combination Unistats does not have enough data to publish a widget. It is important to note that this is not a reflection on the quality of the course.

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