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Education Studies and Psychology BA (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): X316
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Education has the power to improve lives. With this BA (Hons) Education Studies and Psychology degree, you will recognise the importance of education, as well as explore the psychological factors that inhibit and motivate learning. Studying at NTU, you will engage in the most relevant contemporary issues of our time - including well-being, mental health, social media and relationships – gaining skills and confidence along the way.

Combining education and psychology into one innovative interdisciplinary degree, you will study how psychological theory can be related to a variety of educational environments. You will consider education processes and strategies to educate learners, in line with government priorities. The course provides an interdisciplinary perspective on important issues regarding a diverse range of learners, such as special educational needs, looked after children and refugees.

Whether you are new to the world of work, planning a career change or looking to work abroad, we will help you stand out for a future associated with education. You will be ready to make a difference in society in a diverse range of careers - whether that’s in the public sector, welfare, mainstream education or alternative educational provision such as hospitals, prisons, and therapeutic settings. There’s also the option of postgraduate progression to study for careers in teaching, educational psychology or counselling.

This course does not give you British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation but if you wish to pursue a career in psychology you could go on to postgraduate study on our conversion courses.

Alternatively, if you want to pursue a career in teaching you can achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through completion of the one-year PGCE.

  • Professional placement opportunities are available throughout the course to support your ongoing development of employability skills. In Year Two, you will engage in a 30-day placement either locally or overseas.
  • Optional modules in line with your specific interests and career aims. The degree will support you to develop your skills and research an area of interest as part of your chosen dissertation topic.
  • Become part of our research active community. You’ll design and carry out your own research and you may have the opportunity to compete for paid work as a research assistant.
  • Guaranteed interview for a PGCE Primary teacher training course at NTU on completing your undergraduate degree (terms and conditions apply).

What you’ll study

The BA (Hons) Education Studies and Psychology degree is designed for students interested in psychology, and lifelong education and development. It offers the opportunity to develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of two disciplines in modern society, and understand theory, research, policy, and practice from a local, national, and international perspective.

You will also review education from a psychosocial perspective, rather than from a strictly policy driven. You will examine behaviours of individuals from childhood through to adulthood to look at the importance of education.

The course covers learning behaviours, how people develop and learn throughout their lives the nature of knowledge and critical engagement with ways of knowing and understanding drawing from the multi-disciplinary base and the explorations of the ways education contributes to society.

You will gain the underpinning knowledge for a route into education, along with research techniques for further study. You will be given opportunities to research in areas of your interest, as well as the freedom and scope to select research methods appropriate to your studies.

Wellbeing and Mental Health in Education (20 credit points)

  • This module explores theories that have contributed to an understanding of emotional development, as well as how emotional wellbeing impacts on teaching and learning.
  • A critical review of the educational provision will be developed along with therapeutic education.

Cognitive Psychology and the Classroom (20 credit points)

  • This module explores and considers processes such as pattern recognition, attention, memory storage and retrieval, and problem solving, and how such processes relate to education.

Education Foundation (20 credit points)

  • This module introduces you to the relatively new field of educational neuroscience.
  • You’ll consider the impact of a future in which educational practice can be transformed by science.

Learning and Education in Practice (20 credit points)

  • This module explores and interprets the concepts of learning and development in practice.
  • You’ll cover the main theoretical approaches to learning and development in order to develop lines of arguments and make judgements in accordance with these theories and concepts.

Introduction to Lifespan Developmental Psychology (20 credit points)

  • This module provides an overview of core psychology theories relevant to a range of topics that will be explored in more depth later in the course.

Academic Writing and Study Skills (20 credit points)

  • This module supports you in your transition into Higher Education and in understanding what is expected at this level of study and beyond.
  • You’ll develop skills in presenting, evaluating and interpreting literature sources and reading in preparation for academic writing.

Social Development in Children and Adolescence (20 credit points)

  • This module introduces several fundamental concepts in social psychology and links these to the experiences of children and adolescence in educational contexts.
  • You’ll study a range of social influences on children's social learning and development, including families, peers and outside influences.

Work based learning and Professional Practice (20 credit points)

  • You’ll develop professional skills through work-based learning in a placement setting relevant to your career goals.
  • Whilst on your placement, you will be expected to reflect critically upon your own individual placement experiences.

Inclusive Education and Practice (20 credit points)

  • This module examines historical developments, theories and concepts in the fields of inclusion, disability and special/additional needs.
  • You’ll explore new and emerging ideas in the application of psychology to education such as using the concept of neurodiversity.

Research Methods in Education (20 credit points)

  • This module introduces researching within and about education and develops the skills to design and justify a piece of research.

Lifelong Learning in Education (20 credit points)

  • This module delves into the complexities of the lifelong nature of education.

Creating and Analysing Survey Data (20 credit points)

  • This module introduces the nature of experimental and correlational research.
  • You’ll learn how to create surveys, collect and analyse data.
Core Modules

The Psychology of Educational Support and Therapy (20 credit points)

  • This module explores a range of psychological interventions and support for children’s learning and development in educational contexts.
  • You’ll learn about the effectiveness of different approaches, using case studies.

Improving Language and Literacy in Schools (20 credit points)

  • This module will explore the development of language and literacy and examine interventions that have been used to improve language and literacy in educational settings.

Research Project (40 credit points)

  • You’ll research and write a dissertation in an area of your own academic interest, in relation to education studies and psychology.
Optional Modules

Social Emotional Learning in Education (20 credit points)

  • This module identifies how educational therapeutic interventions support throughout formal education from reception to Key Stage 4.
  • You’ll learn the skills needed for children and young people to engage in their education, when traditional methods are not successful.

Learning Behaviours and Motivation (20 credit points)

  • This module focuses on theory, policy and practices regarding motivation and learning.
  • You’ll draw on examples mainly found in the 5–16-year-old pupils studying in formal education.

Working with Diverse communities in the Context of Education (20 credit points)

  • This module allows you to develop a range of personal and professional skills relevant to working with diverse communities in education.
  • The focus will be on working in partnerships with parents and carers.
  • You’ll study the importance of the relationship between practitioners and parents/carers and other professionals to improve a child's/ pupil's well-being and progress.

Global and Comparative Education (20 credit points)

  • This module introduces international processes that underpin education, international education projects and other initiatives that allow for the globalisation of education.
  • You’ll cover the imbalance of world powers in the post-colonial world.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Melody Hinds-Mothobi

Education Studies and Psychology

My degrees were so much more than academic, they gave me a far greater sense of self-belief and self-worth as a black woman.

How you’re taught

How will I study?

The BA (Hons) Education Studies and Psychology course is taught by experienced staff used to working with students from a range of backgrounds and with varying levels of skill and experience.

To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university, we’ve introduced flexible and innovative ways of learning and teaching to develop your study skills and understanding of the integration of theory and practice.

Learning and teaching methods include:

  • active collaborative learning
  • lectures
  • seminar discussions
  • practical and project work
  • workshops
  • placements, experiential learning and work-like experiences.

The smaller group sessions provide opportunities to develop skills in problem-solving, group work, analysing, debating, presenting and research and data analysis.

How will I be assessed?

There are no formal exams during these courses; we use more innovative ways such as research reports, oral and poster presentations, written essays, creative projects and by a final year research project. Our diverse approach to assessment allows students to demonstrate the breadth of their abilities and provides opportunity for everyone to excel.

Excellent placement opportunities

Throughout this course there are several opportunities to explore different career ambitions and gain workplace experience. To help you acquire real-work experience, you will be provided different work placements each year, in and beyond formal educational settings, such as schools, voluntary groups, prisons, hospitals and alternative education settings.

Putting your studies into practice helps you to understand your subject and its application in real-life. Placement opportunities support you both professionally and personally by ensuring you develop the key skills that will make you more employable at the end of your studies.

Tutorials with staff

Students are supported throughout the course via a tutorial system. These small group meetings allow the students contact with an individual member of staff, who will help them with study skills and advice about the course and curriculum. At these sessions you will have the opportunity to:

  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the assignments you're working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances, or your university experience.

Independent study

Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout the three years of your course, you will develop the skills required to undertake an independent research study in the form of a final year research project.

Virtual learning environment

You'll also use our virtual learning environment NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Contact hours

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%), independent study (68%) and placement (8%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%), independent study (54%) and placement (22%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%), independent study (68%) and placement (8%)

Staff Profiles

Dr Fiona Casserley-Williams

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Dr Fiona Casserley

Beccie Davis-Yates

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Beccie Davis-Yates

How you’re assessed

  • Year 1 coursework (100%)
  • Year 2 coursework (100%)
  • Year 3 coursework (100%)

Careers and employability

Your career development

What skills will I develop?

You will develop specific skills relating to educational issues, theories of learning, equality and diversity, education policy and practice, creativity and education, and a general understanding of education in social, political and economic contexts.

You also gain skills that are useful in a variety of job sectors:

  • communication skills - presenting effective oral and written arguments
  • IT skills
  • research and analytical skills
  • interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • problem-solving skills
  • organisation and time management skills - prioritising your academic/part-time workloads and reflecting on and improving personal practice.

How can I boost my career prospects?

Achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through completion of the PGCE or equivalent postgraduate qualification is a popular route for Education graduates.

Alternatively, you may wish to take a Masters course in education or a related social science in order to develop your understanding of the theory, research and policy of education, and to enhance your professional knowledge, skills and practice. Some Education graduates go on to study for a PhD in education.

Your future career

This Education and Psychology degree will provide a framework for a wide variety of possible careers. The course provides students a strong basis to gain employment educational, psychology or associated professions. Our graduates* are following a variety of career paths including the following:

  • Teaching*
  • Education Researcher
  • Education Administrator
  • Community Education Officer
  • Charity Education Officer
  • Charities and Government Organisation Worker
  • Social Worker and Social Care Worker*
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Clinical Psychologist.

* with further study.

Links with industry

We involve industry experts in our courses in a number of ways.

  • We consult with employers when we design and update our courses.
  • We ensure you are prepared to meet the demands of the workplace by continually checking the currency and validity of our courses with employers.
  • You will have the opportunity to have a work placement (if not already in paid or voluntary employment).
  • Employers may input directly into your course through guest lectures, projects, and other work-related activities.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Guaranteed interview scheme: teacher-training

One of the benefits of the course is the broad knowledge and experience you will gain. This experience may lead you to consider teaching, even if you have not considered this as a career before.

If you complete your degree, you are guaranteed an interview for a PGCE Primary teacher-training course at NTU during your final undergraduate year (subject to places being available).

Terms and conditions apply:

  • Applications will be withdrawn and not be progressed to interview stage once all places are filled on relevant courses.
  • Interviews are subject to you meeting the essential entry criteria for the PGCE course at the time of application, such as GCSE requirements, degree grade.
  • An interview does not guarantee an offer to study on the course.

Alumni Discount

Students continuing with postgraduate study at NTU may be eligible for 20% off postgraduate course fees as part of our Alumni Discount.

Campus and facilities

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 104 - 112 UCAS Tariff points from up to four qualifications.
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4.

To find out what qualifications have tariff points, please use our tariff calculator.

Other requirements:

You will also need to complete:

Contextual offers

A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU offers a student experience like no other and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here but who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Find out how we assess your application.

Other qualifications and experience

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form.

What are we looking for?

  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from up to four qualifications
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4.

Other requirements

You will also need to complete:

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before.  This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Tuition fees for September 2023 entry

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government. Visit our fees page for more information.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Students completing the four year degree may choose to apply for a study abroad option instead of a work placement (or a mixture of study abroad and work placement) during the third year of the course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on study abroad/placement. Travel grants and Erasmus funding may be available to help fund international travel costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Diversity of our students

We are committed to promoting a diverse and representative body of teacher trainees. We welcome applications from under-represented groups, such as male applicants, applicants from BME communities, mature applicants and those with disabilities.

All applicants welcome

We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Mature applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to compliment any qualifications. All applicants will need to apply through UCAS.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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