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Education Studies BA (Hons)

This course explores how people develop and learn throughout their lives, while examining the skills and methods behind educating and teaching. The course will prepare you for a wide variety of careers that involve training, teaching or leading others.

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This course provides an opportunity to engage in current debates on education by focusing on the contemporary approaches, skills and methods used in teaching, learning and educational wellbeing, and looking at how childhood is shaped by culture and society.

Our students explore how people develop through education and, by taking part in placement and volunteering opportunities from the first year of study and throughout their degree programme, gain a broad range of skills that are transferable to careers in socially orientated professions.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in teaching, education practice, early years childcare, youth work, educational publishing, the creative industries or choose to progress to postgraduate level courses, such as our Education Practice MA.

You’ll cover topics including perspectives on education, thinking and learning in higher education, historical and contemporary issues and childhood, social justice and education, as well as developing your professional agency through placement in year one.

You’ll also have the opportunity to choose from elective modules in years two and three that include forest school and outdoor learning, preparing for professional practice music in school life, inclusion, education and equality, special educational needs and creativity and education.

Key features

  • Choose to study Education Studies as a single honours programme, or in combination with French, Mandarin, Spanish or Psychology.
  • You will study a range of topics including how people learn, teaching diversity, inclusive education, creativity in education and technology for learning
  • Engage with the local community and boost your CV through placements and volunteering opportunities at schools, art and learning centres or museums.
  • Successful completion of the course provides a foundation to progress onto ITT, enabling you to become a teacher in the UK.
  • Our students have gained international experience related to their studies through our DMU Global programme. Education Studies students have previously explored museum education in Amsterdam, considered inequality and segregation in New York, and supported refugees in Berlin.
  • Take part in our Erasmus programme for the opportunity to study in Spain, Finland or Denmark between the second and third year of your course.

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  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: X300 (Part-time entry: apply direct to DMU)

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

Start date: September 2022

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: 

2022/23 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

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

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: X300

Duration: Three years full-time

Start date: September 2022

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:

2022/23 tuition fees for international students: £14,750

Find out more about available funding for international students.

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Entry criteria


      • Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including: English and Maths

Plus one of the following:

A Level

    • A minimum of 112 points from 2 or more A levels


  • BTEC National Diploma — Distinction/Merit/Merit or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma — Distinction/Merit/Merit

Alternative qualifications include:

Access to HE Diploma

  • Pass in QAA accredited Access to HE overall 112 UCAS tariff with at least 30  Level 3 credits at Merit.

We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course

International Baccalaureate: 24+ points

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.

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Interview: No

Work experience: No

This course is for students who intend to build a career working with young children. While this is most likely to mean employment in primary schools, it can also include nursery and other pre-school and after-school settings.

  • 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

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check: Yes

You submit an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure application form before starting the course (if you are overseas you will also need to submit a criminal records certificate from your home country), which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admissions policy. Contact us for up-to-date information.


UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise



First Year

  • Developing Professional Agency
  • Historical and Contemporary Issues in Education
  • Perspectives on Education
  • Childhood, Social Justice and Education 
  • Evidence-based Teaching and Learning
  • Thinking and Learning in Higher Education

Second Year

Core modules:

  • Researching Education  
  • Contexts for Inclusion

Plus, select one or two modules from:

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Global Comparative Education
  • Contemporary Perspectives on Childhood, Youth and Education 
  • Computer Programming as a Tool for Learning
  • Music in the Life of the Primary School 
  • Perspectives on Diversity: Rhetoric or reality
  • How People Learn 
  • Preparing for Professional Practice
  • Forest School and Outdoor learning  
  • The ‘Priorities’ and Politics of Education 

Third Year

Core module:

  • Dissertation

You can choose two modules from:

  • Special Educational Needs and disabilities 
  • Education and Equality: Class, Race and Ethnicity
  • Gender and Education
  • Adult Learners and Life-long Learning
  • Radical Educations 
  • Arts and Education
  • Reflection on Practice: Teaching and Learning 
  • Education and Wellbeing 

Students will typically have up to 8 contact hours of teaching per week

Year one: approx. 4 hours per teaching week in lectures; 4 hours in seminars; placement hours distributed over the year - equivalent to around 2 hours a week; personal tutor contact time.

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

  • Lectures are large groups, which typically hold over 100 students.
  • Seminars and workshops are typically around 25 students 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.

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

Academic expertise

Education Studies staff have professional experience across all stages of learning and education from primary schooling through to adult learning, nationally and internationally.

Staff are members of a number of professional associations including the British Education Research Association and British Sociological Association, and are affiliated with research groups including the Centre for Critical Education Policy Studies at the Institute of Education; the Centre for Narrative Research at the University of East London, DMU Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development and DMU Institute of Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justice.

The teaching team includes professors, associate professors, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. The team have a number of notable awards and accolades including the Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award and Director of the Institute for Research in Criminology, Education and Social Justice.

Staff are currently engaged in leading, internally and externally funded research projects relating to their areas of expertise, including:

  • A Germ’s Journey: co-creation of resources for addressing UN Sustainable Development Goals in education & health in low-and-middle-income countries. This participatory research project evaluates whether specifically developed resources (‘A Germ’s Journey’) aid children in India’s understanding of hand-hygiene principles and discusses how the findings can inform the future development of culturally relevant resources for developing countries.
  • Awarding of an Advance HE Good Practice Grant to re-develop our SEND module through co-production with students and practitioners who are disabled, neurodivergent and/or have special educational needs.
  • Race, education and decolonisjng the curriculum
  • Gender and education
  • SEND
  • Creativity and education
  • Sustainability, the environment and wellbeing
  • Technology and education
  • Alternative education
  • Social justice, childhood, youth and education
  • Gypsy/Traveller education
  • Music education and vocal pedagogy
  • Global comparative education
  • Educational transitions and transferable learning

Facilities and features

Hawthorn Building

Substantial investment in Health and Life Sciences has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Meanwhile, the ten-storey Edith Murphy building provides a dedicated learning space, featuring classrooms, a lecture theatre, computer labs and meeting rooms.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible way to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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A key element of Education Studies programmes is for students to gain placement and work-based learning experience.  The role of which provides students with a deeper hands-on understanding of educational settings and opportunities to develop their professional identity as well as relate theory with real-life practice.  

Consequently in the first year, students will be expected to complete such an experience in an educational setting of their choice.  In subsequent years students are offered an optional placement module in years 2 and 3 as well as a number of modules that embed work-based field trips and placement experiences.     

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Graduate Careers

This course helps develop skills that are particularly useful for students who want to build a career working with young children. While this can open up opportunities for employment in primary schools, it can also include nurseries as well as other pre and after-school settings.

Many of our recent graduates have started their careers in teaching, education practice, nurseries, youth work, educational publishing and the creative industries. Graduates can also build on their knowledge with postgraduate opportunities, including an Education Practice MA, which opens up opportunities to work in a number of wider educational environments, including youth and community work, local authority employment, social and educational research, museum and gallery education and early years settings. 


DMU Global

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Students on this course have previously undertaken trips to summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, which offered them the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, as well as study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul. Other trips have given students the opportunity to teach English to schoolchildren in Taiwan, consider inequality and segregation in New York, and support refugees in Berlin.


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