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.
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.
- 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, Creativity in Education and Music in School Life.
- Successful completion of the course provides a foundation to progress onto ITT, enabling you to become a teacher in the UK.
- 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.
- 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 student 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.
Structure and assessment
- Thinking and Learning in Higher Education
- Evidence-based Teaching and Learning
- Perspectives on Education
- Language Module One
- 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
- Language Module Two
- 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
- Language Module Three
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences facilities
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.
We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.
During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.
We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal 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 interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam 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 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.
While the majority of our students choose to follow a career in teaching, the degree 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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