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BA (Hons)

Education: Policy and Practice

  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Part-time (evening)
  • Location: NTU at Mansfield
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Course duration: One year


What you'll study

Taught in Mansfield, this one year, part-time course is specifically designed to enable practitioners with an education related foundation degree or similar qualifications to gain full graduate status. It will equip practitioners with the skills and knowledge to gain critical understanding of education and educational practices.

This course requires students to be on an educational placement for a significant part of the course. The NTU employability team will support students to find a suitable placement.

Learn from our experienced staff

Our tutors are all experienced professionals who contribute to research and development within their specialist fields. Their research and influence not only shapes new educational practice, but also feeds directly into our courses, keeping you at the forefront of policy and practice.

  • Modules

    Education Research (20 credits)

    This module aims to give you the opportunity to:

    • investigate the role of education research as a tool to improve practice
    • critically analyse current research, exploring and analysing the use of research instruments
    • plan and undertake a small-scale research project of your own and evaluate your skills in the process. This will prepare you for the Dissertation module later in the course

    Education For All (40 credits)

    This module aims to give you the opportunity to:

    • critically analyse the impact of education policy on your practice through the lens of equal opportunities and social justice
    • develop a detailed knowledge of an aspect of education that is pertinent to your workplace and undertake a critical review of this, making recommendations for improvement

    Dissertation (60 credits)

    This final module aims to give you the opportunity to:

    • undertake a second research project within your workplace
    • use peer feedback to develop your planning, undertake the research, critically evaluate arguments, assumptions and the data of current research undertaken by others and make recommendations to improve practice within your workplace
    • undertake a review of your skills and knowledge, identifying how these contribute to your current practice or future career

    Students who successfully achieve modules 1 and 2 but not module 3 will be eligible for an Advanced Diploma in Education.

How you’re taught

You'll learn through a combination of class discussions, practical activities, group tasks, group presentations and individual research tasks. The course will focus on the exploration of key educational issues using recognised research methods, followed by a dissertation. You will be assessed via a combination of coursework and other assignments, related closely to your own work context.

A one-day Conference is arranged as part of the input you will receive on the course, this falls during the second module. A range of speakers contribute to this event, enabling you to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the education sector.

Covid-19 Planning

We will be adopting a range of blended teaching and learning techniques including online and face-to-face (where practical) to ensure that students can meet their learning outcomes in full. We will respond proactively to any national or local policy changes (including lock down) to ensure student safety as our primary concern whilst continuing to focus on offering a comprehensive student academic experience and will work flexibly with our students to ensure they are not disadvantaged by Covid-19.


This is by coursework and assignments.


This part-time course requires students to be on an educational placement for a significant part of the course. The NTU employability team will support students to find a suitable placement.

Your future

This course can lead to a range of professional development opportunities. You may wish to progress to a recognised teacher training course to pursue a career in schools or post-compulsory education. Students also progress to Masters degrees.

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

A full-time student, on average, can expect to spend 1200 hours a year with their study and learning.  This time is typically broken down as follows:

Lectures/seminars/workshops (18%)
Independent study (37%) 
Placement hours (45%)

Careers and employability

Although this degree does not gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), progression onto a PGCE or the School Direct Programme may be a future option.

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.
  • Employers may input directly into your course through guest lectures, projects, and other work-related activities.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 240 HE credit points (e.g. from the Cert Ed, PCES programmes or the FdA)
  • GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C, or equivalent
  • Candidates should be employed in an education setting for a minimum of 15 hours a week for the duration of the course, and for two years prior to undertaking the course.

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.

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.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

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.

Application dates

To join this course in September 2020, applications must be made before 1 August 2020.

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.

Getting in touch

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

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

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

Still need help?

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