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.
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
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:
- seminar discussions
- practical work
- project work
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.
You will undertake a placement in both years of the course, and spend approximately 300 hours in total across the course on placement.
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.
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
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
- Social spaces
- Sports hall
- Student support services
- Students' Union
- Dedicated study zones including PC suites
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.
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 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.
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.