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Education - NTU in Mansfield FdA

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  • Level(s) of Study: Foundation degree / Undergraduate
  • Typical Offer: 64 UCAS tariff points
  • UCAS Code(s): X311
  • Start Date(s): September 2024
  • Duration: Two years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: NTU in Mansfield
Information for 2024


Are you ready to take the first step towards a future in education? The FdA Education course covers how people learn and develop throughout their lives – enabling you to make a difference to learners of all ages.

Taught at NTU in Mansfield, you’ll get to grips with a range of social, cultural, and political aspects of education. You’ll explore the meaning of education, who it’s for and whether it’s socially just. With a focus on real-world learning, you’ll also consider education in its broadest sense at local, national and international level.

Whether you plan to go straight into the world of work on completing your foundation degree, or this is your stepping stone to further study, you’ll gain the knowledge and transferable skills you need to progress in a diverse range of careers in education.

  • The course includes a placement alongside your studies in an educational setting, giving you hands-on experience and the confidence to become an effective practitioner.
  • On completing the course, you will be eligible to top-up to degree-level study with the BA (Hons) Education and Professional Practice (Top-up).
  • On completing this foundation degree, you’ll be well-placed to go straight into the world of work and take up a variety of careers within education.
  • NTU in Mansfield is your alternative route into higher education. We've built this qualification with the local job market in mind. Each of our higher education courses is relevant, hands-on and work-focused.

What you’ll study

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.

  • Academic Skills (20 credit points)
  • Making Learning Inclusive (20 credit points)
  • Key Questions in Education (20 credit points)
  • Educational Contexts (20 credit points)
  • Introduction to Teaching (20 credit points)
  • Outdoor Learning (20 credit points)
  • Professional Practice placement (40 credit points)
  • Education Policy and Practice (20 credit points)
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (20 credit points)
  • Researching Learning (20 credit points)
  • Educator Identity (20 credit points)

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

Student Profiles

Makeda Scott

I absolutely appreciate this course and have met some wonderful individuals. Everyone on the course and the lecturers have been so supportive.

Staff Profiles

Angela Schofield - Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Careers and employability

Your future career

With an FdA in Education, you will be eligible to apply to study BA (Hons) Education and Professional Practice (Top-up).

Graduates from this course are well-placed to take up a variety of careers within education and students can go straight into work after their foundation degree.

With an FdA in Education you can start your career path towards roles such as:

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Early Year Educator
  • Childminder
  • Primary Teacher
  • Nursery Teacher.

Excellent placement opportunities

The second year of the programme includes a significant placement in an educational setting. If you are already working within an educational setting, then your placement can be with your employed setting.

This will provide you with a hands-on experience within a teaching environment. This experience will be used throughout the second year to enable you to analyse how teaching theory and educational policy impacts on teaching and learning.

Why undertake a placement?

  • You will gain vital experience in a vocational position.
  • It will boost your CV and build useful contacts for your future career.
  • There are some exciting and challenging opportunities available.

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. Teaching will take place at the University Hub'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:

  • On-site Café
  • Teaching and Learning Centre
  • Library
  • Social spaces
  • Student support services
  • Dedicated study zones including PC suites

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

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

Other requirements:

You will also need to complete:

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.

Meeting our entry requirements

Hundreds of qualifications in the UK have UCAS tariff points attached to specific grades, including A levels, BTECs, T Levels and many more. You can use your grades and points from up to three different qualifications to meet our criteria. Enter your predicted or achieved grades into our tariff calculator to find out how many points your qualifications are worth.

Getting in touch

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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please call us on +44 (0)115 848 4200 or complete our enquiry form.