BA (Hons)

Education: Policy and Practice

  • Level(s) of study: Professional / Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: One year part-time


Please note that this course is subject to validation.

This one year, part-time course is specifically designed to enable practitioners with an education related foundation degree or similar qualifications to gain full graduate status.

Students must be employed in an education setting for a minimum of 15 hours a week for the duration of the course and for two years prior. The course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to gain a greater understanding and critical analysis of education.

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

You will study three modules during the year:

  • Educational Research in Practice - this will enable you to develop skills in researching aspects of education in your workplace taking a reflective and analytical approach to deepen your knowledge
  • Education for All - you'll explore the opportunities in education of all ages, backgrounds and needs, including an exploration of the global landscape
  • Dissertation - you'll undertake a small-scale research to investigate education practice and equality of opportunity.
  • Module structure

How you’re taught

You'll learn through a combination of class discussions, practical activities, group tasks, group presentations and individual research tasks. The course will focus on the exploration of key educational issues using recognised research methods, followed by a dissertation. We predominantly run evening sessions however there is one weekend session, allowing you to continue working while you study, You will be assessed via a combination of coursework and other assignments, related closely to your own work context.


This is by coursework and assignments.


You are expected to be employed in an educational setting at the time of studying. Therefore the course does not offer placements.

Your future

This course can lead to a range of professional development opportunities. You may wish to progress to a recognised teacher training course to pursue a career in schools or post-compulsory education. Students also progress to Masters degrees.

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.

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.

Other requirements

  • Vocational reference

Getting in touch

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

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 2019, applications must be made before 1 August 2019.

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.

Getting in touch

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

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

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.

Still need help?

Education course enquiries
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