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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.

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Overview

 

Watch: Dave Cudworth, Associate Professor and Head of The Division of Education, speak about the benefits of studying Education Studies at DMU.


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, 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 and educational publishing 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, teaching diversity, how people learn, and special educational needs.

You’ll also have the opportunity to choose from elective modules in years two and three that include global comparative education, technological transformations in learning, education and equality, and education and the arts.

Key features

  • Choose to study Education Studies as a single honours degree, or as a joint honours degree in combination with French, Mandarin, Spanish or Psychology.
  • 97% of our summer 2017 Education Studies graduates are in work or further study (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2016-17) compared to the sector average of 94.6%.
  • Take part in our Erasmus+ programme for the opportunity to study in Spain or Finland between the second and third year of your course.
  • Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our #DMUglobal programme, which has seen our students teach English to schoolchildren in Taiwan, consider inequality and segregation in New York, and support refugees in Berlin.
  • This course is ideal if you’re considering becoming a teacher in the UK – successful course completion provides the foundation to progress to a PGCE qualification.
  • Boost your CV through placements and volunteering opportunities at schools, art and learning centres or museums.

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Education Studies with Mandarin BA (Hons)

Education Studies with Spanish BA (Hons)

Education Studies with Psychology BA (Hons)

 

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

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 2020

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal 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.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: X300

Duration: Three years full-time

Start date: September 2020

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £13,750

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

Entry criteria

  • A typical offer is a minimum of 120 UCAS points from at least two A levels, or
  • BTEC National Diploma — Distinction/Distinction/Merit or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma — Distinction/Distinction/Merit

Plus five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language or Literature.

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Pass Access in QAA accredited Access to HE with 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

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

  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points

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.

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 2019 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Teaching contact hours

 

 

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 

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.

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; personal tutor contact time, extra-curricula

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.

  • 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.

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

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers a range of print and online resources to support your studies. Many resources and services can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

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, available via email or telephone. We also have space across campus for group or individual work and study, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology available.

More flexible way to learn

Our Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has been recognised as leading the university sector. It builds upon our pledge to offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students.

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 the way which 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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Placements

A key element of Education Studies programmes is for students to gain some placement and work-based learning experience.  The role of which provides students with a deeper hands-on understanding of educational settings and opportunities to 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 and educational publishing. 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 and early years settings. 

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#DMUglobal

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 #DMUglobal, 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 recently undertaken #DMUglobal 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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