• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


Gain a broad understanding of education from early years to lifelong learning before pursing a career in teaching or education more widely. On this Education Studies With Optional Pathway In SEND Or TESOL (Hons) course from University of Derby you will benefit from a strong focus on social equality, international learning opportunities and the chance to take a specialist pathway.

The Education Studies degree opens doors to a wide range of careers, this course explores the role of education in society and examines how moral and social issues shape learning.

You will be provided with a solid understanding of education and educational equality, bringing together perspectives from history, psychology, sociology and philosophy.

You will attending an intellectually stimulating course that will make you an authority on current education policy and practice.

You can choose to build on this core knowledge by following one of our specialist pathways in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). 


As BA (Hons) Education Studies graduate you will discover wide-ranging career opportunities in fields relating not only to education but also to social care, health care, careers and guidance, and the voluntary sector.

Our graduates are now enjoying success as higher level teaching assistants, welfare child protection officers, early years practitioners, care assistants, and community learning facilitators.

Depending on the specialist pathway you choose, you could also progress to roles such as special educational needs co-ordinator, SEND teacher or SEND manager or as a teacher specialising in English as a foreign language.

Throughout the course, we place great emphasis on improving your employability. Our end-of-year symposium Voices of the Near Future encourages students to showcase their future aspirations and explore the many career directions available.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description
      up to 6 years
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • An Introduction to Comparative Education
  • Education for All? Exploring Inequality
  • Psychology and Education: Understanding Teaching and Learning
  • Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Research Methods for Independent Study
  • Education in Context: A Reflection
  • Education and Globalisation
  • Individual Differences and Learning
  • The Sociology of Education
  • Educational Alternatives
  • An Introduction to TESOL
  • Specific Disabilities and Needs
  • Curriculum Frameworks

                                                                                                                English Language Requirements

                                                                                                                You need the following IELTS score:

                                                                                                                • Minimum required score:


                                                                                                                  The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                                                                                                                Academic Requirements

                                                                                                                General Requirements

                                                                                                                Typical entry requirements:
                                                                                                                • UCAS points - 112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
                                                                                                                • Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
                                                                                                                Alternative entry qualifications:
                                                                                                                • BTEC - DMM
                                                                                                                • Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6

                                                                                                                        Tuition Fee

                                                                                                                        • International

                                                                                                                          13250 GBP/year
                                                                                                                          Tuition Fee
                                                                                                                          Based on the original amount of 13250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
                                                                                                                        • EU/EEA

                                                                                                                          9250 GBP/year
                                                                                                                          Tuition Fee
                                                                                                                          Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
                                                                                                                        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
                                                                                                                        • Part-time UK/EU students - £1,155 per module

                                                                                                                        Living costs for Derby

                                                                                                                        • 540 - 860 GBP/month
                                                                                                                          Living Costs

                                                                                                                        The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                                                                                                                        • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
                                                                                                                        • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
                                                                                                                        • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

                                                                                                                        Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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