BA (Hons)

Education (Early Years)

Early Years children learning
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: Three years full-time

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Do you have a strong interest in education and learning, but want to keep your career options open? If so, this could be the degree for you. You'll explore a wide range of disciplines and fields concerned with educational structures, theory and policy, examining how these play out in the practice of education. This course may open up a wide range of opportunities in education, social services, community work, policy development and educational research, as well as other diverse support work.

Why study Education (Early Years) 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 2016-17).
  • 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.
  • Many 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.

Education degrees

Our BA (Hons) Education degree allows you to explore education in its broadest sense.

Should you wish to tailor your studies and deepen your focus within a particular field of enquiry. You may want to consider our other Education degrees, these include:

Each degree has a number of shared modules.

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

What you'll study

This degree develops your understanding of the social construct of childhood and the key importance of the holistic nature of the development of children from birth to age five. It is ideal for those who have an interest in working alongside young children and their families in diverse settings.

As you develop and broaden your understanding of education throughout your degree, you'll undertake research enquiries and placement opportunities, enabling you 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.

Each year provides a key focus that will lend to you thinking as an educationalist with an emphasis on early years. 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 also develop your understanding of social psychology and the application of psychology in educational contexts. Year Two is dedicated to placement activity. Placements can be in a wide range of educational settings, locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

In Year Three, you’ll conduct research for your dissertation and continue to gain experience and develop a portfolio. You’ll also explore how different behaviours are supported and understood in educational contexts.

  • Year One

    Academic and Reflective Practices

    The module is skills-rich and will enable you to gather, interpret and reflect on information, through writing, reviewing, editing and referencing.

    What is Education?

    You will develop an understanding of education in its broadest sense. This module will help you consider the following: does education promote social mobility, what is knowledge, how is it developed and how can we establish whether education achieves its purpose?

    Developing Learning in Education

    Should students be passive recipients or active agents in their learning space? You will examine the role of the teacher, considering teacher-centred didactic teaching approaches and alternative student-centred approach to teaching.

    Learning in the Outdoors

    You will investigate how learning in the outdoors supports the holistic nature of children’s learning and development, with a particular view on their developing sense of self.

    Including all Learners

    Explore changing attitudes and approaches to learners with a range of diverse needs – this module will increase your understanding of differing perspectives on inclusion and identify how these have influenced educational practice and provision for learners with special educational needs and
    disabilities.

    Introduction to Early Years

    Build upon your personal and academic experiences of early child development, and examine stages of child development. This module will cover current issues with in early childhood provision, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  • Year Two

    Professional Placement

    You’ll develop professional skills through work-based learning in a placement setting relevant to your career goals. Whilst on your placement, you will be expected to reflect critically upon your own individual placement experiences.

    Research Methods in Education

    You’ll be introduced to researching within and about education and develop the skills to design and justify a piece of research.

    Sociology of Education

    You’ll explore Functionalist, Marxist and Social Interactionist perspectives on education. Developing a deeper sociological insight into feminist theory, social class theory and critical race theory, you’ll identify different groups of learners within the education system.

    The Business of Education

    Using a critical social policy lens, you’ll develop an appreciation of the relationships between political ideologies, social policy initiatives, social policy implementation and, ultimately, educational practice.

    Playful Experiences

    You’ll develop your understanding of play as being central to children’s learning and development and in enabling children to be competent and autonomous individuals.

    Working with Parents and Carers

    You will consider the importance of working in partnership with parents and carers to support the care and education of babies and young children.

  • Year Three

    Capstone Project: Dissertation in Education

    You’ll research and write a dissertation in an area of your own academic interest, in relation to education.

    The Child’s Voice

    You will study the ethical, respectful and appropriate ways to seek a child’s voice. You will explore the child as a competent and critical thinker and how this is encapsulated within early years practice.

    Leadership and Management in Early Years

    Consider the interpersonal and organisational skill set required to lead and manage early years care and education.

    You’ll choose two modules from the below optional modules, one from Set A and one from Set B:

    Set A
    Race, Culture and Education

    You’ll study minoritized students and staff in education, and the ways that mainstream education currently serves to marginalise a wide range of learners and potential learners by perpetuating Eurocentrism, elitism and sexism.

    The Social Context of Post-Compulsory Education

    This module looks at the societal context of post-compulsory education and training, including general further education, higher education and the broad concepts of ‘lifelong learning’, ‘skills’, ‘widening participation’ and ‘the student experience’.

    Set B
    Education in a Globalised World

    Explore how technological, political and economic globalising processes influence education policy and provision in the global South.

    Social Justice and Morality

    You’ll engage with global issues of social justice and discourses around morality. The module will ask you to consider and analyse the question: What is fair?

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
  • seminar discussions
  • practical work
  • project work
  • workshops.

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.

Excellent placement opportunities

As part of your course, you can undertake a placement, creating an opportunity to put theory into practice and gain valuable experience. Placements may be UK or internationally based. This opportunity prepares you well for your future endeavours whether they be further postgraduate study or direct routes into graduate employment.

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.

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%) and independent study (75%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (21%), independent study (70%) and placements (9%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%) and 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 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 graduates go on to study for a PhD in education.

Your future career

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 NHS and the civil service.

This Education 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
  • PE teacher
  • Prison outreach executive
  • Behavioural manager
  • Early years worker
  • Childcare practitioner
  • Health and social care officer

*DLHE Survey, 2016-17

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 2016-17)

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • CACHE diploma at level C or above in a relevant subject area; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade 4.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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

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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students
BA (Hons) Education (Early Years)£9,250

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 (Early Years)£13,900

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.

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