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Education FdA

  • Level(s) of Study: Foundation degree
  • UCAS Code(s): X311
  • Start Date(s): September 2021
  • Duration: Two years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
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Introduction:

This course explores how people develop and learn throughout their lives. It will examine social, cultural, and political aspects of education while considering questions such as: what is education; who is education for; and is education socially just?

You will explore education in its broadest sense with modules focused on international education, economic relationships, the effects of globalisation and the role of education in human rights and ecological issues. You’ll examine in-depth the nature of knowledge, our desire to know and understand, and the ways that education contributes to society. You will learn how to analyse educational policies, processes, systems and approaches, and critically examine their impact on society, politics, culture, history and economic contexts.

With an FdA in Education, study for an extra year and you’ll get your BA (Hons) Education at NTU.

What you’ll study

Taught in Mansfield, this course explores how people develop and learn throughout their lives. It will examine social, cultural, and political aspects of education while considering questions such as: what is education; who is education for; and is education socially just?

You will explore education in its broadest sense with modules focused on international education, economic relationships, the effects of globalisation and the role of education in human rights and ecological issues. You’ll examine in-depth the nature of knowledge, our desire to know and understand, and the ways that education contributes to society. You will learn how to analyse educational policies, processes, systems and approaches, and critically examine their impact on society, politics, culture, history and economic contexts.

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 undertake a placement in both years of the course, and spend approximately 300 hours in total across the course on placement.

On completion of the foundation degree you will be eligible to top-up to degree level study in Education.

In year one there are six modules each worth 20 credits

  • Academic Skills
  • Key Questions in Education
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Learning Places
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Educational Contexts

In year two there are modules each worth 20 credits and optional modules worth 40 Credits

  • Optional: Professional Practice placement (40 credits)
  • Optional: Teaching Practice placement (40 credits)
  • Education Policy
  • Researching Learning
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Educator Identity

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FdA Education

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How you’re taught

Staff Profiles

Brendan Coulson

Education Project Start-Up Lead

Directorate

Brendan Coulson is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences.

Careers and employability

Your future career

With an FdA in Education, study for an extra year and you’ll get your BA (Hons) Education at NTU.

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 or Primary and Nursery Teacher.

Excellent placement opportunities

The second year of the programme includes a significant placement in an educational setting. You will be required to take on a role within a 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. 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?

  • A-levels – DDE; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP; or
  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.

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.

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

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.