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Education Studies with Mandarin, French or Spanish BA (Hons)

Learn the skills and methods behind educating and teaching young people, while combining your studies with beginner or post-GCSE level French, Mandarin or Spanish.

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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.

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. 

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.

Throughout your degree, you will cover a series of core modules in Education Studies including perspectives on education, thinking and learning in higher education and evidence-based teaching and learning. You will combine this with two 15 credit modules per study level in your chosen language, which will equate to three hours of language per week. During these modules, you will develop your language skills through the study of the country and its society, culture and people.

Key features

 

  • 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.
  • By joining the DMU Education Studies Students’ Society you can enrich your experience through stimulating debates and social events with other students.
  • Gain international experience through our DMU Global programme, which has enabled students to teach English to school children in Taiwan, consider inequality and segregation in New York, and support refugees in Berlin.
  • 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 option modules. Modules you can choose from include Computer Programming as a Tool for Learning, Education and the Arts and Education and Equality.

 

 

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  • 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 2021

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK


Fees and funding: 

2021/22 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.

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Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: XR40

Duration: Three years full-time

Start date: September 2021

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:

2021/22 tuition fees for EU and international students: £14,250

Read about our EU undergraduate transitional scholarship.

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 112 points from at least two A levels 

BTEC

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

International Baccalaureate: 24+

Access course

  • 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.

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 2021 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Teaching contact hours

 

 

First Year

  • Thinking and Learning in Higher Education
  • Evidence-based Teaching and Learning
  • Perspectives on Education

Plus:

  • Language Module One

Second Year

Core modules:

  • Researching Education 
  • How People Learn

Plus, elective 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
  • Teaching Diversity: Inclusive Education Internationally
  • Applied Performance

Plus:

  • Language Module Two 

Third Year

  • Education Dissertation

Plus, select elective modules from:

  • Placement Project
  • Education and Equality: Class, Race and Ethnicity
  • Gender and Education
  • Education and the Arts
  • Special Educational Needs in Education
  • Adult Learners and Lifelong Learning

Plus:

  • Language Module Three

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 second year. 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 or 9 contact hours of teaching per week.

Year one: approx. 4 hours per teaching week in lectures; 3 hours in seminars; 2 hours in workshops, personal tutor contact time, extra-curricula

Year two: contact-time format depends on modules chosen. Typically: 3 hours per teaching week in lectures; 2 hours in seminars; 4 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 range from small groups to large groups of 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

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

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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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 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 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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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.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021.

 

 

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