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Education Studies with Languages BA (Hons)

Discuss, debate and question educational structures, policy, practice and theory, while combining your studies with beginner or post-GCSE level French, Mandarin or Spanish.

Overview

Did you know that French is an official language in 32 countries, with a projected growth to 750 million people worldwide by 2050? Meanwhile, Mandarin Chinese is currently the language with the greatest number of speakers, and Spanish has more than 470 million speakers worldwide, including in Central and South American countries and the US.

Competence in another language is fast become an essential skill for success in the global job market. By combining your study of Education Studies with a language, you can develop your employability with a second language that helps distinguish you from other graduates. The skills acquired when learning a language are valued by employers and are transferable into many sectors.

You can start your study of languages at DMU in either French, Mandarin or Spanish at beginner, GCSE (intermediate) or advanced level and learn at a grade and pace that suits you and your needs.

Learning a new language not only helps to provide you with linguistic skills but can also enhance your skills in your native language and develop your presentation, written and critical skills. 

You will cover Education Studies modules including Perspectives on Education, Inclusion and Diversity, Understanding Learning and Wellbeing, and Special Educational Needs, Disability and Neurodiversity. You will also take part in weekly language practice and conversation sessions, and intensive workshops, where you will develop your language skills through the study of the country and its society, culture and people.


Key features

  • Learn a modern foreign language while studying how people learn and perspectives on education, with the flexibility to specialise in your areas of interest through optional modules. Modules you can choose from include Creativity in Education, Radical Education and Music in the Life of the Primary School.
  • Through block teaching, you will focus on one subject at a time instead of several at once. This means that you will be able to focus closely on each subject and absorb your learning material in more depth, whilst working more closely with your tutors and course mates.
  • Successful completion of the course provides a foundation to progress onto ITT, enabling you to become a teacher in the UK.
  • Engage with the local community and boost your CV through placements and volunteering opportunities at schools, art and learning centres or museums.
  • Delivered by experienced academics and developed with input from sector professionals, ensuring learning is up to date with current practices and challenges in the sector.
  • Placement opportunities offer you the chance to undertake work experience in local schools, where you can put your learning into practice and gain valuable real-world experiences.
  • 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.

 

 

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Education Studies BA (Hons) 

 

 

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code:
Education Studies with French: XR40
Education Studies with Mandarin: XR41
Education Studies with Spanish: XR42

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

Option to undertake a one year Erasmus study abroad programme between years two and three

Start date: September 2023

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK


Fees and funding: 

2023/24 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

 

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: XR40

Duration: Three years full-time

Start date: September 2023

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:

2023/24 tuition fees for international students: £15,250

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

GCSEs

  • Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language or Literature

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 104 UCAS points from at least two A levels

T Levels

  • Merit

BTEC

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

 

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+

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 overall with 5.5 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential.

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

 

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check: Yes

You must 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

Education 2030

We want to ensure you have the best learning experience possible and a supportive and nurturing learning community. That’s why we’re introducing a new block model for delivering the majority of our courses, known as Education 2030. This means a more simplified timetable where you will study one subject at a time instead of several at once. You will have more time to engage with your learning and get to know the teaching team and course mates. You will receive faster feedback through more regular assessment, and have a better study-life balance to enjoy other important aspects of university life.

Find out more information about Education 2030.

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise

 

 

First Year

Block 1: An Introduction to Education: History and Academic Discipline

Block 2: Perspectives on Education

Block 3: Beginner or Post-Beginner French, Mandarin or Spanish

Block 4: Contemporary and Evidence-Based Issues in Education

 

In Block 1 and 2, you will also have one hour (two hours for Beginners) of language conversation weekly.

 

Second Year

Block 1: Ways of Learning and Wellbeing

Block 2: Research Methods in Education  

 

Block 3: Post-Beginner or Intermediate French, Mandarin or Spanish

Block 4: Inclusion and Diversity

 

In Block 1 and 2, you will also have one hour (two hours for Post-Beginners) of language conversation weekly.

 

 

 

Third Year

Block 1 Select one of:

  • Creativity in Education
  • Radical Education
  • Global and Comparative Education
  • Music in the Life of the Primary School

Block 2 Select one of:

  • The Practice and Policies of Primary Education
  • Special Educational Needs, Disability and Neurodiversity 
  • Education and Equality: Class, Race and Ethnicity

Block 3: Intermediate or Advanced French, Mandarin or Spanish

Block 4: Dissertation

 

In Block 1 and 2, you will also have one hour (two hours for Intermediate) of language conversation weekly.

See detailed module information

 

Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

 

 

See pre-Education 2030 version of this course

This is a full-time course. Each module is worth 30 credits. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, independent research and self-directed study. In your first year you will normally attend around 9 hours of timetabled taught sessions (workshops and seminars) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 30 further hours of independent study each week to complete preparation tasks, assessments and research.

 

Assessment may include, but is not limited to:

  • Presentations
  • Micro-teaching sessions
  • Contributions to electronic discussion boards
  • Creating wikis and lesson planning
  • Blogs
  • Essays
  • Negotiated assignment
  • Research project
  • Portfolio
  • Co-production activities

 

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

Health and Life Sciences facilities

Substantial investment has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you expand 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.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff to ensure that you develop a precise and accurate practical ability in the clinical skills suites.

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 ways to learn

You'll benefit from Education 2030 DMU’s new way of delivering courses, focusing on ensuring the best possible experience for our students. You will study in a ‘block’ mode, focusing on one subject at a time instead of several at once. A focused block approach allows you to better manage your studies around your other life commitments, whether that is work, caring responsibilities, sport, or hobbies and socialising. The streamlined approach supports your study/life balance. 

Block learning and teaching benefits include:

  • Achieving better outcomes/grades
  • Focused learning
  • Dedicated teacher contact time
  • Regular assessment and quicker feedback
  • A stronger learning community
  • Supports study life balance and wellbeing needs
  • More opportunities to develop your skills

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

Find the people who will open doors for you

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Placements

During this course you will have the option to complete a paid placement year, an invaluable opportunity to put the skills developed during your degree into practice. This insight into the professional world will build on your knowledge in a real-world setting, preparing you to progress onto your chosen career. 

Previous students have taken up placements in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts, with leading companies such as 

Our award-winning careers programme DMU Works can help to hone your professional skills with mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and an assigned personal tutor will support you throughout your placement.

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Graduate Careers

This course helps develop skills that are invaluable for graduates who want to build a career working with young people and 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 and early years settings.

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global 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-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

DMU Global has enabled our students to teach English language to children in Thailand and explore diversity and inequalities in Florida.

 

 

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