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Education Studies with Psychology BA (Hons)

Discover the connections between education and learning with the domains of social, biological, cognitive, developmental and personality psychology.

Overview


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Education Studies with Psychology examines how childhood is understood and shaped by society and how educationalists and psychologists theorise personal, social, emotional and intellectual development.

Reasons to study Education Studies with Psychology at DMU:

  • 98% graduate employability 
    with Faculty students in work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2013/14)

  • Delivered by experienced academics 
    and developed with input from sector professionals

  • 90% student satisfaction
    with the teaching of the course and personal development (National Student Survey 2015)

  • Work placement options
    strong links with community provide opportunities for work placements and volunteering

  • DMU Education Studies Students’ Society
    enriches your experience through intellectually stimulating debates and social events

  • #DMUglobal international experience initiative
    could broaden your cultural horizons and help you to develop global skills

If you want to make a positive contribution to people’s lives and society as a whole, then take the first step towards becoming an educationalist.

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer a scholarship for this course.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

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Education Studies

 

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: X3C8 (part-time entry: apply direct to DMU)

Duration: Three years full-time, or six years part-time

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: £9,000

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 

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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: X3C8

Duration: Three years full-time 

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: £11,750 

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 

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Entry criteria

GCSEs

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above including English.

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 300 points from at least two A levels with a subject at grade B or above

BTEC

  • BTEC National Diploma - Distinction/Distinction/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Distinction/Distinction/Merit

Further information about BTEC equivalencies

International Baccalaureate: 30+

Access course (started before September 2014) 

Pass in QAA accredited Access to HE with at least 15 level 3 credits at Merit, from a minimum of 45 Level 3 credits. English GCSE equivalency required, 12 level 2 credits

Access to HE Diploma (started from September 2014)

Pass in QAA accredited Access to HE with at least 15 level 3 credits at Merit.

 

Interview: No

Work experience: No

Personal statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • If relevant for the course - work and life experience

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Teaching contact hours

 

 

First Year

Modules offered change each year depending on expertise, timetabling and student interests. The following modules were offered in 2015:

  • Historical and Contemporary Issues
  • Teaching and Learning in the Primary Sector
  • Children and Social Justice
  • Core Areas of Psychology

Second Year

Optional modules offered vary depending on staff expertise, student interests and changes in the Education sector. The following modules were offered in 2015:

  • Researching Education 
  • How people learn

Plus, select one or two modules from:

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Global comparative education
  • Contemporary cultural perspectives 
  • Technological transformations in learning
  • Computer programming as a tool for learning
  • Music in the life of the primary school 

Plus two modules from:

  • Social Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology

Third Year

Core module:

  • Education Dissertation

Plus, select two modules from:

  • Placement Project (strongly encouraged) 
  • Education and Equality: Class, Race and Ethnicity
  • Gender and Education
  • Radical Educations
  • Education and the Arts
  • Special Educational needs in education

Plus two modules from:

  • Counselling Psychology
  • Well-Being and Positive Psychology
  • Psychology and Education

Staff are experienced in all stages of schooling, in further and higher education and in this country and abroad, and are currently engaged in leading research projects, including:

  • The use of ICT in classrooms
  • Social Justice
  • Citizenship education
  • Disruptive behaviour
  • Gypsy/Traveller education
  • Music education
  • Race and education
  • Global comparative education
  • Language Education

A variety of teaching methods are employed, including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Placement supervision
  • Independent research
  • Self-directed study

Assessment tasks include:

  • Presentations
  • Micro-teaching sessions
  • Contributions to electronic discussion boards
  • Creating wikis and lesson planning, in addition to written assignments

There is one examination in year two. These will allow you to develop transferable skills relevant to a career working with children, including critical and reflective thinking and communicating ideas to a group.

Year one: Typically, 4 hours per teaching week in lectures; 5 hours in seminars or workshops; personal tutor contact time, extra-curricula

Year two: contact-time format depends on modules chosen. Typically: 3 hours per teaching week in lectures; 4 hours in seminars; 2 hours in workshops

Year three: contact-time format depends on modules chosen. Typically: 1 hour per week in lectures; 1 hour in seminars; 2 hours in workshops. For placement and dissertation modules, students are allocated individual supervisors who will offer tutorial support alongside lectures.

  • Lectures are very large groups, which typically hold well over 100 students
  • Seminars and workshops are typically around 25 students or less per group

Throughout the course, contact time is supplemented by placement, extra-curricular lectures, employability events, group meetings, meetings with tutors, optional field trips and other activities. As a full-time student, you will be expected to devote a considerable amount of time to independent study, placements and extra-curricular activities.

Facilities and features

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facilities

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

All students are encouraged to undertake some voluntary placement experience towards the end of Year One and continue to do so throughout Years Two and Three. It is usually possible to begin earlier in First Year. Placements are assessed through a project/placement module in Year Three.

Such opportunities will be arranged via De Montfort University's award-winning Square Mile Programme, subject to background checks (DBS). However, students may decide to undertake numerous consecutive placements in different settings of their choice.  

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Graduate Careers

Graduates from this programme will have opportunities for employment within The BA (Hons) Education Studies develops skills that are particularly useful for students who intend to build a career working with young children. While this is likely to mean employment in primary schools, it can also include nursery and other pre and after-school settings.

Many of our recent graduates have started their careers in; teaching (PGCE), education practice, nurseries, youth work and educational publishing for example. We also offer a range of postgraduate opportunities, including an Education Studies MA.

You can choose to study for a PGCE in your other subject at school or college level. While the majority of our students choose to follow a career in teaching, the degree opens up opportunities to work in a number of wider educational environments, including youth and community work, local authority employment, social and educational research and early years settings.

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#DMUglobal

International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.

Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.

 

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