Education Studies with Languages BA (Hons)

About the course

Education Studies with Languages is distinct from the Single Honours course as it combines the study of Education with the study from beginner or post GCSE level of a foreign language, we currently offer:

  • French
  • Mandarin

It would be of interest to students who dropped languages at school after year nine or after GCSE, and to students who have no background in languages but realise the potential of skills in a foreign language for future employment prospects.

Reasons why you should choose to study Education Studies with Languages Degree at DMU

  • Enhance your global employability with the knowledge of Education Studies combined with another language
  • 100 per cent of Education Studies graduates are successful within six months of completing their course (DLHE 2010/11)
  • Academic staff include experienced practitioners, ensuring the skills you develop are current to professional practice

Key facts

UCAS course code: XR39

Duration:  Three years full-time, six years part-time.
Option of a one year Erasmus study abroad between years two and three.

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

UCAS Points

A minimum of 300 points


  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above including English. Plus one of the following:


  • Normally with at least 200 points from 2 A levels with a specified subject at grade B or above


  • BTEC National Diploma - Distinction/Distinction/Merit
  • BTEC National Certificate - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC National Award - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (3 A2s) - BTEC Distinction/Distinction/Merit
  • BTEC Diploma (2 A2s) - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC 90 credit Diploma - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (1 A2) - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC certificate (1 A1) - only in combination with other accepted qualifications

Access Course

Pass. English GCSE equivalency required, 12 level 2 credits

Interview: No

Work Experience: No

International Baccalaureate: 30+

International students:
If English is not your first language, we require an English language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Access to HE Diploma:
Pass. English and Maths GCSE equivalency required, 12 level 2 credits in each subject.

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

Teaching and assessment

The language module focuses on language competence and a ‘cultural awareness’ class each week, which introduces the history, culture, institutions, politics and literature of your chosen language.

Education Studies staff are experienced in all stages of schooling, and are also actively engaged in leading research projects that feed into our teaching.

Teaching methods include lectures, research seminars and self-directed study. Assessment is by coursework, book reviews, reflective writing, seminar papers, group presentations, placements, exam and dissertation.

Students may take the following language ‘routes’ depending on the languages background/level on entry:

  • Beginner in French or Mandarin: Basic User (A1/A2)
  • Post GCSE in French: Independent User (B1/B2)(2)

Course modules

First year

  • Language module 1
  • Perspectives in Education
  • Teaching and Learning in the Primary Sector
  • Children and Social Justice

Second year

Core module:

  • Language module 2
  • Researching Children and learning

You can choose two or three modules from:

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Young Learners and English as a second language
  • Teaching Diversity: Inclusive Education Internationally
  • Development of the Individual Child
  • Music in the Life of the Primary School
  • Computer Programming as a Tool for Learning
  • Contemporary Cultural Perspectives on Education
  • Technological Transformations in Learning

Third year

Core module:

  • Language module 3
  • Education Studies Dissertation

You can choose three modules from:

  • Education and Equality: Class, Race and Ethnicity
  • Gender and Education
  • Radical Educations
  • Global Comparative Education
  • Adult Learners and Learning
  • Placement / Project
  • Education and the Arts
  • Special educational needs in Primary and Secondary Schools

Work experience and placements

Strong links with education providers gives opportunities to undertake a placement in a local school. Voluntary work in educational settings is also encouraged as students find it prepares them very well for initial teacher training.

You can also benefit from an Erasmus exchange in the country where the language you are studying is spoken. Studying abroad excellent for improving language skills and undertaking self-discovery and personal development.

Graduate careers

You may choose to study for a PGCE. Whilst you would not be able to teach Languages at Secondary level with this Degree, competence in a foreign language to Independent User/Proficient User level is useful for Primary teaching. Many students follow a career in teaching.

However, 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
  • Early Years Settings
We also range of postgraduate opportunities, including Education Practice MA.

Fees and funding

Fees below are for 2013 / 2014 TBC

Full-time £9000
Part Time 2013/14
4 Year Course £5925
6 Year Course £3950
Per Module (15 Credits) £988
Band 1 £10,750
Band 2 £11,250

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Investment of £8 million in our first-class teaching and learning facilities helps develop your practical experience and enhances your employability.

Our award winning library is stocked with a range of text books, journals, e-journals, videos and DVDs and is open 24 hours a day.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website|. If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website or via the contact details below.

International students can apply to study at DMU using our online applications portal|.

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PO Box 28 
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Contact details

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Admissions Team
De Montfort University
Edith Murphy Building
Leicester, LE1 9BH

Online enquiry form|

T: +44 (0)116 250 6070


Core academic staff

Sam Bamkin|

Dave Cudworth| (programme leader for BA Education Studies)

Prof. Barry Dufour|

Dr. Martin Gough

Austin Griffiths

Rachel Higdon|

Rik Kennedy

Dr. Debbie Le Play

Ross Purves|

Pam Thompson|

Mark Tymms|

Dr. Sarah Younie| (programme leader for MA Education Practice)

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