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. Graduates have gone on to a variety of successful careers in both the public and private sectors; in local government services, nurseries, learning support, personnel management, careers advice, social services and charities.
Choose to study Education Studies as a single honours programme, or in combination with French, Mandarin, Spanish or Psychology.
97% of our Education Studies graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2016-17 report (above the sector average of 94.6%).
You will study a range of topics including how people learn, teaching diversity – inclusive education and technological transformers in learning.
Gain international experience related to your studies through our #DMUglobal programme which has seen Education Studies students teach English to school children in Taiwan, consider inequality and segregation in New York, and support refugees in Berlin.
Successful completion of the course provides a foundation to progress onto a PGCE qualification, enabling you to become a teacher in the UK.
Take part in our Erasmus programme for the opportunity to study in Spain or Finland between the second and third year of your course.
Engage with the local community and boost your CV through placements and volunteering opportunities at schools, art and learning centres or museums.
Structure and assessment
- Historical and Contemporary Issues
- Perspectives on Education
- Evidence-based Teaching and Learning
- Thinking and Learning in Higher Education
- Researching Education
- How People Learn
- Teaching Diversity: Inclusive Education
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
- Education Dissertation
- Special Educational Needs in Primary and Secondary Schools
You can choose two modules from:
- Placement Project (strongly encouraged)
- Education and Equality: Class, Race and Ethnicity
- Gender and Education
- Education and the Arts
- Adult Learners and Life-long Learning
Facilities and features
Health and life sciences
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.
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 apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, 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 plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
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 students 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.
The Education Studies BA (Hons) 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 at school or college level. While the majority of our students choose to follow a career in teaching, the MA 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.
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.