Education Studies BA (Hons)

About the course

Education Studies degree provides a stimulating opportunity to engage in current key debates on childhood and children’s learning. It focuses on current approaches to children’s education and well-being and how childhood is shaped by culture and society.

It provides ideal preparation for those interested in going on to study for a PGCE in the primary sector. The course includes a programme of guest lectures and education research seminars which enhance your learning. There is also an active Education Studies Society.

Reasons why you should choose to study Education Studies at DMU

  • 100 per cent of our graduates are successful within six months of completing their course (DLHE 2010/11)
  • Strong links with education providers and work placement opportunities
  • Academic staff include experienced educationalists ensuring the skills you develop are current to professional practice

Key facts

UCAS course code: X300 (Part-time entry: apply direct to DMU)

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time 

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.

This course is for students who intend to build a career working with young children. While this is most likely to mean employment in primary schools, it can also include nursery and other pre-school and after-school settings.

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

Staff are experienced in all stages of schooling, in further and higher education and in this country and abroad. A variety of teaching methods are employed, including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Self-directed study

Our staff are also actively engaged in leading research projects, including:

  • The use of ICT in classrooms
  • Citizenship education
  • How individuals learn
  • Gypsy/Traveller education
  • Language Education

You are encouraged to be an active learner, discussing issues, engaging in tasks and working collaboratively and independently. Assessment is by coursework, allowing you to fully explore the topics, set either through individual or group research.

Assessment tasks include presentations and micro-teaching sessions, reflective writing and contributions to electronic discussion boards. 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.

Course modules

First year

  • Perspectives in Education
  • Historical and Contemporary Issues
  • Teaching and Learning in the Primary Sector
  • Children and Social Justice

Second year

Core module:

  • Researching Children and learning

You can choose three or four modules from:

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Young Learners & 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:

  • Education Studies Dissertation

You can choose three modules from:

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

Industry links and professional accreditation

We have links with many education providers such as various local schools and other learning environments.

As part of your degree, you will be expected to undertake a placement in a local school. Students thoroughly enjoy this experience and find it prepares them very well for PGCE training.

Graduate careers

This course 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|.

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.

DMU’s fully-equipped library is well stocked with a range of textbooks, journals, e-journals, videos and DVDs and is open 24 hours a day for independent and group study.

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 
GL52 3LZ, UK

T: 0871 468 0 468

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

What our students say

“I created the Education Studies Society with the help of the excellent teachers.”
Rachel Kenney


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)

Additional academic staff

Adam Clarke

Adam Mettam|

Mark Pulsford

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