BA (Hons)

Education Studies and Early Years

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  • UCAS code(s): 7X18
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: Three years full-time
  • * This course is now closed for entry for 2018, please ring our Clearing Hotline 0115 848 6000 to speak to one of our team to discuss current vacancies. *

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This Educational joint honours degree allows you to study two subjects widening your career options alongside children and their families. You will gain valuable real-world experience and skills through placements and projects, giving you a head-start in meeting the needs of graduate employers.

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 courseat 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.
  • Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS): You have the option to study Early Years Initial Teacher Training in Year 2 and 3 of your course. You will be provided the opportunity to apply for a places during Year 1. (There are limited number of places and additional entry qualifications. Check the entry requirements below for more details).
  • 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:

  • specialist modules developing your transferable and employability skills
  • a wide subject area allowing for a variety of career options
  • tailored assessment and support with no formal exams in your final year
  • 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

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.

You will study two subject areas:

  • Early Years
  • Education Studies.

During your Early Years modules, you will develop your understanding of the social construct of childhood and the key importance of the holistic nature of the development of children aged up to five years. The modules have been developed to meet your needs in working alongside very young children and their families in diverse settings, in care and education.

Education Studies modules consider all facets of how we learn and develop, as well as looking in detail at how education systems are organised, particularly the English system.

Alongside these subjects you will study the following core modules to develop your transferrable and employability skills.

Developing Professionalism

Our personal tutoring system is specifically designed to help you transition into university life and study. You will be assigned a personal tutor and their role is to offer ongoing pastoral support, as you need it, throughout your degree.

Teaching and Learning

How to plan, design and organise learning, including the development of schemes of work, and lesson plans which identify learning outcomes and consider differentiated practises

Assessment and Curriculum

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

Learning in Contexts Two (includes placement)

The course team will help you prepare for a placement and our dedicated placement support team will help you in the processes of securing your placement. We find that our students excel in their professional confidence and competencies during the placement period. This module will prepare you well for your future endeavours whether they be further postgraduate study or direct routes into graduate employment.

Research in Contexts: Capstone Project

This final year project focuses on your own research for your dissertation, supported by a range of teaching and learning methods aimed at demonstrating your knowledge and ability to work independently.

  • Year One

    Education Studies modules:

    Education and Social Policy (core)

    Explore the changes in the objectives and purpose of education as more of the population become educated and highly qualified.

    Sociological Explorations in Education (core)

    Understand the critical issue of social justice, and how education can be a site of tension for particular groups in society.

    Early Years modules:

    People, Places and Things: Looking at Early Child Development (core)

    Examine how children form relationships, and learn through play.

  • Year Two

    Education Studies modules:

    Class Practices in Education (core)

    Investigate how education can mirror wider social inequalities by advantaging certain social classes.

    Aspiration and Identity (option)

    Explore the concept of identity as a social construct and how this can influence educational attainment and aspirations.

    Learning and the Individual (option)

    Consider the complex process of learning and how theories of learning can be applied in education.

    Research Methods in Education (option)

    Understand the research process and learn the skills necessary to undertake your own research project.

    Early Years modules:

    Values and Principles of Best Practice in the Early Years (core)

    Understand the areas of learning and development for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

    Working with Parents and Carers (core)

    Explore the importance of working with parents and carers and evaluate the strategies available to aid such partnerships.

    Research Methods in Early Years (option)

    Understand the research process and learn the skills necessary to undertake your own research project.

  • Final Year

    Education Studies modules:

    The Educational Straitjacket (core)

    Consider the constraints within education which reduce opportunities for particular social groups and how this ‘strait-jacket’ can be removed.

    Educating the People (option)

    Build on your explorations of educational inequality by understanding specific disadvantaged groups.

    Learning and Motivation (option)

    Explore the personal factors and influences to motivation and how these might be used to encourage and support learners’ motivation.

    Early Years modules:

    Leadership and Management in Early Years Care and Education (core)

    Develop the skills required to manage a team of practitioners each with their own diverse training backgrounds and experience.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Thanks to my course I'm now more reflective and a much better communicator. I'm also more determined than ever to become a primary school teacher.

Kajal Modha

How you’re taught

Contact hours

In your first year, you will spend an average of between nine and eleven hours a week in lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Lectures will build your subject knowledge and understanding, while tutorials and seminars provide the opportunity to discuss issues and ideas arising from your studies. You will be expected to study these areas independently for around 32 hours a week, ready to discuss them in your tutorials and seminars.

In Year Two you will have fewer lectures, seminars and tutorials, as you will spend around 200 hours in a placement of your choice.

How will I be assessed?

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

  • reports
  • projects
  • essays
  • presentations
  • portfolios
  • dissertation
  • case studies
  • reflective journals.

You are assessed purely on your coursework.

What placements will I have?

You will have a six-week placement in your second year. You will have access to an online wiki with details of placements available both within the UK and also further afield. 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.

Where will I have a placement?

You could have a placement in a wide variety of settings: industrial, retail, commercial and public sector. These could include:

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

The degree 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
  • Nottingham City Council Community Educational Psychology Service
  • Base 51
  • West Bridgford Infants School.

International placements

Opportunities also exist in schools and projects overseas and some of our students have travelled as far as Namibia and Thailand to take their placements.

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 psychology of early childhood.

Learn from our experienced staff

Our tutors are all experience 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 (83%) and practical (17%)
  • 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 (21%), independent study (70%) and placements (9%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%)

Careers and employability

Your career development

We also have a huge range of activities open to you to add interesting skills to your CV and stand out in the employment market.

Studying an Education Studies and Early Years combination can lead to a range of career options alongside children and their families. The ‘people-centred’ characteristic of Education Studies lends itself to health and social care, welfare, charities and the leisure industry.

The following illustrates possible careers areas you could enter using your early years subject knowledge, or download our careers brochure.

Jobs directly related to early yearsJobs where early years would be useful
Primary school teacher
Early years practitioner
Nursery practitioner
Children’s centre practitioner
Classroom assistant
Learning support assistant
Family support practitioner
Behaviour mentor
Events coordinator
Management trainee
Museum educational officer

Education Studies subject knowledge equips you for professional careers not only in education-related areas but also in a wider range of jobs. The following list is by AGCAS (the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services), or download our careers brochure.

Jobs directly related to education studies

Jobs where education studies would be useful

Primary school teacher
Secondary school teacher
Early years teacher
Special educational needs teacher
Further education lecturer
Adult education lecturer
Community education officer
Youth worker
Education administrator
Learning mentor
Careers adviser / personal adviser
Museum education officer
Social worker
Training and development officer

Education 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 health service and the civil service.

The Joint Honours degrees will provide a framework for a wide variety of possible careers. As well as roles based on the chosen subjects, students may also consider sectors such as teaching, training, human resource management, sports development and many others. Our graduates are following a variety of careers paths including roles as:

  • teachers
  • lecturers
  • special needs teachers
  • business and sport development executives
  • sport coaches
  • academic mentors
  • financial advisers
  • events managers
  • teaching assistants
  • nursery nurses
  • sales and marketing executives
  • media sales
  • environmental officers
  • behavioural mentors.

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

Average graduate annual salary after six months*

BA (Hons) Education Studies and Early Years: £15,000

Average graduate annual salary after 40 months*

BA (Hons) Education Studies and Early Years: £14,000 – £22,000

* Unistats website February 2017

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.

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 full-time graduates BA (Hons) Education Studies and Early Years are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015/16, first degree, undergraduate).

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:

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.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation 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 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.

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.

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

 Home / EU students
BA (Hons) Education Studies and Early Years£9,250

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

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 and Early Years£13,450

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

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?

Education course enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 4460