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Education and Professional Practice (Top-up) (Part-time) - Mansfield BA (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Two years part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Part-time
  • Campus: NTU at Mansfield
  • Entry Requirements:
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Our BA (Hons) Education and Professional Practice (Top-up) at NTU enables those with a related foundation degree or similar qualification to gain full graduate status.

This course will equip you with an excellent understanding of education in its widest sense – both nationally and internationally. You’ll analyse how people develop throughout their lives and consider how education contributes to society through the analysis of cultural, political, societal and historical context.

A key feature of this course is a focus on your development as a professional practitioner. It integrates academic and work-based learning through your workplace or placement settings.

These real-world experiences play a crucial role in developing your knowledge and understanding of how theory is applied in practice when educating or working with learners.

Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for a range of education employment opportunities, as well as future professional and academic development such as Initial Teacher Training courses or further postgraduate study.

What you’ll study

The course integrates academic and work-based learning through a range of modules to enable you to develop an understanding of the broad discipline of education, equip you with effective communication and organisational skills and research and critically evaluate learning theories, behaviours, coaching, mentoring and practice. Part-time students will be required to attend one day per week during your first year. In your second your you will attend one evening a week, plus one day per week placement experience in an educational setting (or minimum of 185 hours per year in exceptional circumstances and if agreed with your tutor)

  • Education Research

This module explores the role of education research and facilitates the undertaking of a small-scale systematic enquiry into a key aspect of education.

  • Educator: Roles and Responsibilities

This module will explore the roles and responsibilities of an educator within several contexts, considering an array of literature, legislations and socio-economic matters.

  • Learning Theories and Behaviour

Formal educational settings can be difficult for children and young people. Behaviours can manifest in several ways. This module invites you to critically explore and define challenging behaviour and its impact on both students and educational practitioners.

  • Coaching and Mentoring in Education

What support mechanisms do teachers and support staff have? What impact would an effective mentoring system give? This module will explore a range of mentoring and coaching models and draws on theories of adult learning that will help to answer these questions.

  • Professional Practice Research Project

This module invites you to pursue an area of your own professional and academic interest throughout the year, within an educational professional context. You will attend a work-based placement throughout the course, for a minimum of 1 day per week (or, with the permission of the tutor, 185 hours over the year). You will use this experience to conduct a piece of research and make links to your professional development.

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.

Careers and employability

Your future career

The course provides you with the opportunity to develop your professional knowledge and practice, to the extent you will be ready for a range of educational employment opportunities, such as an educational development worker, community education officer, educational teaching and learning coach, or an educational project manager in museums, galleries, or charities.

In addition, it enables future professional and/or academic development, e.g., Initial teacher training courses or further post graduate learning.

Links to Higher Technical Qualifications and Apprenticeships

The course also provides progression opportunities for students to continue their study with a variety of HTQs and apprenticeships, including teaching instructor, educational professional, early years education professional and teaching professional.

Careers Team

At NTU in Mansfield, our award-winning Employability team is here to inspire and enhance your career planning, whichever path you choose. Whether you wish to go on to further study or to look for job opportunities, we can guide you to be a successful candidate.

Campus and facilities

We are continually investing in our facilities and transforming our learning and teaching environment to create an inspiring and innovative atmosphere. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has announced an exciting new partnership with West Nottinghamshire College, which will see its higher education (HE) provision delivered from the College’s main campus in Mansfield. Teaching will take place at the College’s £6.5 million University Centre, which opened in 2016 and which is equipped with the latest facilities and state-of-the-art technology. Facilities include:

  • Diner and Courtyard Café
  • Learning resource centre and Library
  • Social spaces
  • Sports hall
  • Student support services
  • Students' Union
  • Dedicated study zones including PC suites

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • Completion of the FdA Education degree at NTU or a similar course in Education studies.

Other requirements:

You may also need to complete:

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

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.

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

We have undergraduate Education and Teaching courses which are suitable for tier 4 visa applicants. Here is a list of all the undergraduate courses we offer.

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

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

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

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

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.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

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