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.
- 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.
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.
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