BA (Hons)

Education Studies

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  • UCAS code(s): X300
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: Three years full-time

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Ideal if you have an interest in education and learning, but want to keep your career options open, this degree explores a wide range of issues and the ways in which education policy affects practice.

Based around the three core threads of sociology, psychology and social policy, this degree allows you to explore education in its broadest sense and education practice within a variety of contexts. You will look at the processes and philosophies around learning, how education is constructed and impacts social justice and inequalities, and the influences of policy changes on education and the curriculum.

With opportunities for international and UK-based placements, you will be able to examine the links between theory and practice and understand education practice in real-world settings. This framework provides an ideal foundation for employment or further study.

Why study Education at Nottingham Trent University?

  • 97% of our education and teacher training graduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE full-time undergraduate leavers 2015-16)
  • If you complete your 3 year undergraduate degree, you are guaranteed an interview for a PGCE Primary teacher training course at NTU during your final undergraduate year (terms and conditions apply).
  • We are supported by over 600 partnerships with local schools, colleges and organisations, ensuring our courses meet the demands of the competitive graduate market.
  • Some of our students choose to take a placement overseas. Recent placements have been available with a cricket project in Namibia, an international school in Brunei, an orphanage in Mombasa and an English language project in Thailand.

Why choose this course?

You will benefit from:

  • a wide subject area allowing for a variety of career options
  • tailored assessment and support with no formal exams in your final year
  • a guaranteed interview for a PGCE course in your final year (subject to course entry conditions)
  • excellent facilities and experienced and enthusiastic tutors.

What you'll study

This innovative Education Studies degree focuses on a key theme each year to understand the ways in which sociology, psychology, and social policy interact.

In Year One, the theme is "exploring education" where you will look at educational issues and the language used within an interdisciplinary approach to education studies.

Year Two poses the question "can education be socially just?" Building on Year One, you will explore ideas around education as a means to emancipation.

Year Three focuses on the constraints and possibilities within education. You will also have the opportunity to pursue an area of interest through a research project, or a further placement.

  • Year One

    Sociological Explorations in Education

    This module explores the central issue of social justice in education. As part of this you will begin to understand education as a site of tension for particular groups in society. You will focus on three overarching themes: gender, class and race.

    Education and Social Policy

    Explore the impact of education policy in a range of stakeholders. You’ll also explore government policy in key areas of social exclusion and understand the ideological nature of education policy.

    Introduction to Curriculum and Assessment

    Explore how curriculum frameworks and assessment strategies have become embedded in our education system and how they shape and influence the ways in which teaching is practised and learning is measured in contemporary education.

    Designing Spaces for Learning

    Critically examine a range of educational spaces and the ways in which they are constructed for learning.

    Comparative Education

    Engage with debates around differing educational philosophies and structures both nationally and internationally.

    It’s all inside your head’ Understanding how learning happens

    Explore the ways that we learn. Different psychological and educational models will be used to develop our understanding of the complexities of learning and consider how this knowledge can inform practice.

  • Year Two

    Class Practices in Education

    Investigate the way in which education serves to reproduce wider social inequalities, with a particular examination of social class.

    Alternative and Community Education

    Explore alternative forms of education and gain work experience in an educational context of your choice. Options include, community education centres in sports venues, National Trust, theatres, or schools. Or you could take your placement overseas. Our students have recently enjoyed working
    in countries as far afield as Zimbabwe, Spain and Thailand.

    Learning and the Individual

    Explore the complex process of learning. You will look at the major psychological approaches in learning and consider how they are applied to education.

    Research Methods in Education Studies

    Understand the research process in education and cultivate the necessary skills to successfully explore a range of research methods.

    Exploring Early Childhood

    You are encouraged to think about early childhood and the ways in which childhood
    is understood.

    Special Educational Needs and Disability

    Explore a wide range of perspectives on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

  • Final Year

    The Educational Straitjacket

    Developing your understanding of the reproduction of inequality and the ways in which education contributes to patters of disadvantage.

    Capstone Project (dissertation/placement)

    This capstone core module spans two terms and invites you to pursue an area of interest throughout your final year.

    Educating the People

    Apply theoretical constraints to understand specific disadvantaged groups. You will engage with a range of sources which will equip you to form your own critical understanding and evaluation of a particular disadvantaged group.

    Learning and Motivation

    Explore different theoretical accounts of motivation, including a discussion of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

    Working at the Chalk Face, Coping with Stress and Poor Mental Health in Education

    Education at all levels has the potential to contribute directly to a positive sense of well-being, however for some, education can be a source of dread, anxiety and stress. You will examine the issues around stress and poor mental health in education and understand the strategies to help support
    people facing these issues.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

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:

  • lectures and seminars
  • workshops
  • small group or individual tutorials
  • guest speakers
  • presentations
  • directed or independent study tasks
  • small-scale research
  • eLearning

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on the coursework you do, including:

  • written assignments
  • presentations
  • posters
  • research reports
  • reflective accounts.

Where will I have a placement?

You could have a placement in a wide variety of settings. These could include:

  • rural, inner city and suburban schools
  • hospitals and health authorities
  • major sports clubs and grounds in Nottingham
  • social services
  • prisons
  • local authorities.

The course will also offer opportunities to become involved in a number of paid and voluntary schemes in the education, charity and voluntary sector, enhancing both your professional and personal development.

Recent UK placement opportunities have included:

  • Childline East Midlands
  • Jesse Boot Primary School
  • Catch 22
  • Base 51
  • Leicester Royal Infirmary Human Resources.

International placements

Our support for international placements has resulted in an increasing number of our students going abroad in their second year. International placements allow you to develop skills valued by employers within the global economy such as independence, resilience and using initiative.

Our Education students have recently enjoyed working in countries as far afield as Australia, Zimbabwe, Spain and Thailand.

Some of our students choose to take a placement overseas. Recent placements have been available with a Steiner School in Germany and English teaching in Sri Lanka.

What does the placement involve?

Placements can cover a wide range of activities from helping children with their reading, to organising sports events or assisting in administrative procedures.

International placements can cover a huge variety of projects. You may find yourself building a school, taking an art class, typing up tests and records, or helping a child read – possibly even in the same 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 awareness of the issues arising from access to education.

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.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (100%)
  • Year 2 coursework (100%)
  • Year 3 coursework (100%)

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:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (75%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (59%) and placements (18%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%)

Careers and employability

Your career development

What skills will I develop?

You develop specific skills relating to educational issues, theories of learning, equality and diversity, education policy and practice, creativity and education, and a general understanding of education in social, political and economic contexts.

You also gain skills that are useful in a variety of job sectors:

  • communication skills - presenting effective oral and written arguments;
  • IT skills;
  • research and analytical skills;
  • interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team;
  • problem-solving skills;
  • organisation and time management skills - prioritising your academic/part-time workloads and reflecting on and improving personal practice.

How can I boost my career prospects?

Achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through completion of the PGCE or equivalent postgraduate qualification is a popular route for Education Studies graduates.

Alternatively, you may wish to take a Masters course in education or a related social science in order to develop your understanding of the theory, research and policy of education, and to enhance your professional knowledge, skills and practice. Some Education Studies graduates go on to study for a PhD in education.

Your future career

Education Studies graduates generally enter jobs working directly with children or young people, in a support capacity. Other roles in an educational setting, but with less direct contact with children or young people. include administration roles in education. There are posts available in other public sector organisations such as local government, the NHS and the civil service.

The Education Studies degree will provide a framework for a wide variety of possible careers. As well as roles based in schools and colleges, students may also consider sectors such as social work, refugee support, training, human resource management and many others. Our graduates* are following a variety of career paths including roles as:

  • Learning support assistant
  • Support worker
  • Funding and monitoring officer
  • Teaching assistant
  • Early years practitioner
  • Human resources manager
  • Senior nursery nurse
  • Primary Teacher
  • Prison outreach executive
  • Behavioural manager
  • Early years worker
  • Childcare practitioner
  • Health and social care officer

*DLHE Survey, 2015-16

See where this degree could take you with our careers brochure.

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.
  • You will have the opportunity to have a work placement (if not already in paid or voluntary employment).
  • 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.

Further information on careers and employability

Guaranteed interview scheme: teacher-training

One of the benefits of the course is the broad knowledge and experience you will gain. This experience may lead you to consider teaching, even if you have not considered this as a career before.

If you complete your degree, you are guaranteed an interview for a PGCE Primary teacher-training course at NTU during your final undergraduate year (subject to places being available).

There is always strong competition for PGCE courses, and places fill fast. Don’t miss out, and ensure you are ready to make your application as soon as UCAS opens in autumn. You should attend Routes Into Teaching events in your second year to find out about deadlines, applying and qualification requirements for the different routes.

Terms and conditions apply:

  • Applications can only be accepted subject to sufficient allocation of places from the National College for Teaching and Leadership for that year of entry.
  • Applications will be withdrawn and not be progressed to interview stage once all places are filled on relevant courses.
  • Interviews are subject to you meeting the essential entry criteria for the PGCE course at the time of application, such as GCSE requirements, degree grade and experience.
  • An interview does not guarantee an offer to study on the course.

97% of our education and teacher training graduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE full-time undergraduate leavers 2015-16)

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade 4.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see our website or UCAS Course Search for more details.

Other requirements:

You will also need to complete:

The UCAS Tariff

We’ve created this calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

Getting in touch

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

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade 4.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see our website or UCAS Course Search for more details.

Other requirements

You will also need to complete:

  • an enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service check; and
  • a Prohibition Order check; and
  • a satisfactory placement suitability check.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

Please note that 2018 will be the final intake of this course.

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.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good 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.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

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. All applicants will need to apply through UCAS.

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

Please note that 2018 will be the final intake of this course.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.  If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

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.

Good luck with your application!

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

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

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BA (Hons) Education Studies£9,250

All fees stated are for September 2018 entry. Fees may be subject to change.

Please see our fees, funding and bursaries page for more information.

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 on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

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.
International students
BA (Hons) Education Studies£12,900

All fees stated are for September 2018 entry . Fees may be subject to change.

Please see our fees, funding and bursaries page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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.

Still need help?

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