BA (Hons)


  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Part-time (evening)
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 1 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

This one year, part-time Education degree is designed for people who want to gain graduate status in education and extend their knowledge of issues impacting on education.

The aim of the course is to extend professional knowledge, skills and awareness in the dynamic and changing world of education. There is a mix of taught modules, supported enquiry and specialised study assessments looking at contemporary issues and methods of enquiry.

It is an ideal platform for teaching and continuing professional development as it may open up the opportunity to pursue a career in primary teaching through further postgraduate study or continuing professional development to MA and PhD level.

What you'll study

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to out students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

There are four possible routes through this degree which include a generic education award, inclusive education, Early Years and a 14-19 agenda strand.

All routes begin with Research Methods in the first term.

The second term will split the group into special interest sub-groups who will receive specialist lecturing in:

  • Contemporary Issues
  • Special Education and Inclusion
  • 14-19 Issues
  • Contemporary Issues in Early Years

In this term students also take part in a weekend conference.

The final term is dedicated to a dissertation.

For named awards, students must study their specialism in term one and two.

  • Module structure

    The course has been designed to specifically enable you to acquire and develop your academic and research skills in an educational context. Progression through the modules is linear. Attendance is on a weekly basis for modules one and two. There is also a weekend conference in term two. The third module has a small number of taught sessions but you are primarily supported whilst writing your dissertation by a supervising tutor who you meet on an individual basis.

    Module one: Research Methods (40 credits)

    This module supports you in developing your research skills within an educational context. You will achieve this by undertaking of a small scale research project. This will enable you to learn from your experience and to carry this forward into your dissertation module. Through the use of interactive teaching strategies, in this module you will critically evaluate research methods and develop your critical thinking skills to support the planning of your research.

    This module is not intended to teach them aspects of education but to explore the purpose of educational research and enable you to use appropriate tools to undertake research. It forms the scaffolding for the remainder of your course.

    Module two: optional module (20 credits)

    You have the opportunity to select one of the modules listed below which may lead to a named award:

    • Contemporary Issues
    • Special Education and Inclusion
    • Contemporary Issues in Early Years
    • 14-19 Education

    All of these modules require you to undertake a literature review of an educational issue that is pertinent to your practice. This will enable you to develop an extensive understanding within your chosen area.

    During this module, there is a one day conference at a weekend which is combined for all of the options. The conference is themed each year, linked to current educational issues and involves the use of guest speakers, including former students to share their particular knowledge and expertise to broaden your understanding and awareness of educational issues.

    Module three: Dissertation (60 credits)

    This module is a research project in two component parts: a dissertation plan and the dissertation itself. It builds on the skills you have developed in modules one and two and will enable you to further develop and explore an area of professional interest.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

84 contact hours.


This is by coursework and assignments.


You are expected to be employed in an educational setting at the time of studying for a minimum of 15 hours per week. Therefore the course does not offer placements.

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.

This course does not currently offer placements.

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.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

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
  • a minimum of two years experience in an educational setting, working with children, young people or adults (minimum of 15 hours per week).

Applicants would be expected to be employed within an educational setting at the time of studying and for the duration of the course for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

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 2018, applications must be made before 1 August 2018.

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.

Getting in touch

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

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Fees and funding

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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