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Education (Psychology) BA (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): X316
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Do you have a strong interest in education and learning, but want to keep your career options open? If so, this could be the degree for you. You'll explore a wide range of disciplines and fields concerned with educational structures, theory and policy, examining how these play out in the practice of education. This course may open up a wide range of opportunities in education, social services, community work, policy development and educational research, as well as other diverse support work.

Why study Education (Psychology) at Nottingham Trent University?

  • If you complete your 3 year undergraduate degree, you are guaranteed an interview for a PGCE Primary teacher training course at NTU during your final undergraduate year (terms and conditions apply)
  • We are supported by over 600 partnerships with local schools, colleges and organisations, ensuring our courses meet the demands of the competitive graduate market
  • Many of our students choose to take a placement overseas. Recent placements have been available with a cricket project in Namibia, an international school in Brunei, an orphanage in Mombasa and an English language project in Thailand.

Education degrees

Our BA (Hons) Education degree allows you to explore education in its broadest sense.

Should you wish to tailor your studies and deepen your focus within a particular field of enquiry. You may want to consider our other Education degrees, these include:

Each degree has a number of shared modules.

What you’ll study

This degree will develop your understanding of how people develop and learn throughout their lives, as well as the nature of knowledge and understanding, using psychological theories and perspectives. You will also study how education contributes to society, politics and economics.

Each year provides a key focus that will lend to you thinking as an educationalist with an emphasis on psychology. In Year One, the course provides a solid grounding for understanding the multi and interdisciplinary nature of education. Multidisciplinary in the way that it draws from Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy and Politics, and interdisciplinary in the way that it includes specialised educational fields of study.

In Year Two, the course will cement your theoretical knowledge as you think about how your own research could contribute to the field of education. You will also develop your understanding of social psychology and the application of psychology in educational contexts. Year Two is dedicated to placement activity. Placements can be in a wide range of educational settings, locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

In Year Three, you’ll conduct research for your dissertation and continue to gain experience and develop a portfolio. You’ll also explore how different behaviours are supported and understood in educational contexts.

Academic and Reflective Practices

The module is skills-rich and will enable you to gather, interpret and reflect on information, through writing, reviewing, editing and referencing.

What is Education?

You will develop an understanding of education in its broadest sense.  This module will help you consider the following: does education promote social mobility, what is knowledge, how is it developed and how can we establish whether education achieves its purpose?

Developing Learning in Education

Should students be passive recipients or active agents in their learning space? You will examine the role of the teacher, considering teacher-centred didactic teaching approaches and alternative student-centred approach to teaching.

Learning in the Outdoors

You will investigate how learning in the outdoors supports the holistic nature of children’s learning and development, with a particular view on their developing sense of self.

Including all Learners

Explore changing attitudes and approaches to learners with a range of diverse needs – this module will increase your understanding of differing perspectives on inclusion and identify how these have influenced educational practice and provision for learners with special educational needs and disabilities.

Cognitive Psychology and Education

You will be asked to explore and consider processes such as pattern recognition, attention, memory storage and retrieval, and problem solving, and how such processes relate to education.

Professional Placement

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.

Research Methods in Education

You’ll be introduced to researching within and about education and develop the skills to design and justify a piece of research.

Sociology of Education

You’ll explore Functionalist, Marxist and Social Interactionist perspectives on education. Developing a deeper sociological insight into feminist theory, social class theory and critical race theory, you’ll identify different groups of learners within the education system.

The Business of Education

Using a critical social policy lens, you’ll develop an appreciation of the relationships between political ideologies, social policy initiatives, social policy implementation and, ultimately, educational practice.

Well-being in Education

The importance of well-being is not always central to pedagogic practice, yet it may be the basis on which some learners choose to be fully engaged in education, while others disengage psychologically or physically from the learning process.

Social Psychology, Development and Interaction

You’ll be introduced to a number of fundamental concepts in social psychology including social interaction, social processes, and the interplay between the person and society in attitudes, beliefs and socialisation. This involves international perspectives and cultural variations.

Capstone Project: Dissertation in Education

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

Understanding and Supporting Behaviour

Why do children and young people misbehave in mainstream educational settings? This module invites you to explore the term ‘misbehave’ and its meaning for both students and educational practitioners.

Psychology of Educational Support and Therapy

You’ll develop a solid foundation on fundamental concepts behind psychological interventions and support, as well as comparing and evaluating these techniques.

You’ll choose two modules from the below optional modules, one from Set A and one from Set B:

Set A

Race, Culture and Education

You’ll study minoritized students and staff in education and the ways that mainstream education currently serves to marginalise a wide range of learners and potential learners by perpetuating Eurocentrism, elitism and sexism.

The Social Context of Post-Compulsory Education

This module looks at the societal context of post-compulsory education and training, including general further education, higher education and the broad concepts of ’lifelong learning’, ’skills’, ’widening participation’ and ’the student experience’.

Set B

Education in a Globalised World

Explore how technological, political and economic globalising processes influence education policy and provision in the global South.

Social Justice and Morality

You’ll engage with global issues of social justice and discourses around morality. The module will ask you to consider and analyse the question: ‘What is fair?’

How you’re taught

How will I study?

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:

  • lectures
  • seminar discussions
  • practical work
  • project work
  • workshops.

How will I be assessed?


There are no formal exams during these courses; we use a variety of assessment types to allow you to demonstrate your strengths across a number of skill sets.

Excellent placement opportunities

Year Two is dedicated to placement activity. Placements can be in a wide range of educational settings, locally, regionally, nationally or internationally. You may find yourself working with disadvantaged children at a well-known charity, teaching English at a school in Sri Lanka or supporting the provision of activities for children / young people with a range of disabilities and additional needs at a local charity.

Why take a placement?


Placements support both your professional and personal development so that you develop key skills that will make you more employable. They help you understand your subject and its application in real work, enhancing your cultural awareness of childhood.

Contact hours

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%) and independent study (75%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (21%), independent study (70%) and placements (9%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%) and independent study (77%)

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 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

Education graduates generally enter jobs working directly with children or young people, in a support capacity. Other roles in an educational setting, but with less direct contact with children or young people. include administration roles in education. There are posts available in other public sector organisations such as local government, the NHS and the civil service.

This Education degree will provide a framework for a wide variety of possible careers. As well as roles based in schools and colleges, students may also consider sectors such as social work, refugee support, training, human resource management and many others. Our graduates* are following a variety of career paths including roles as:

  • Learning support assistant
  • Support worker
  • Funding and monitoring officer
  • Teaching assistant
  • Early years practitioner
  • Human resources manager
  • Senior nursery nurse
  • PE teacher
  • Prison outreach executive
  • Behavioural manager
  • Early years worker
  • Childcare practitioner
  • Health and social care officer

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.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • CACHE diploma at level C or above in a relevant subject area; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade 4.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

Other requirements:

You will also need to complete:

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

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.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade 4.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

Other requirements

You will also need to complete:

  • an enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service check; and
  • a Prohibition Order check; and
  • a satisfactory placement suitability check.

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.

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.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

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.

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.

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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