Education: Policy and Practice

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  • Level(s) of study: Foundation degree / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: Two years part-time


This course is designed for people already employed in education roles and draws on the knowledge and experience gained through this employment. It specifically intendeds to meet the needs and interests of those who want to combine employment with further learning to enhance their future career. Students must be employed in an education setting for a minimum of 15 hours a week for the duration of the course.

This two year, part-time foundation degree is designed to support, develop and extend your academic learning as a foundation for professional development. You will undertake small tasks and projects within your own working environment to support module sessions and assignments.

It is ideal for a range of practitioners including:

  • teaching and learning support assistants
  • learning mentors
  • extended school activity workers
  • subject technicians
  • support workers in alternative education settings

It may also be of interest if you are employed in a wider learning support/education role.

Why choose this course?

You will benefit from:

  • studying in the evening to fit around your work and commitments
  • expanding your knowledge and skills to enhance your career
  • extending your transferable skills to support your career development
  • progression options to an undergraduate degree or teacher-training

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

In Year One, through a reflective approach you will explore the impact of education policy on practice, communication and management of learning and creating an ethos of education for all. In Year Two you will focus on technology in learning and the wider context of learning in non-traditional educational settings. In Year One you will study 120 credits at level 4 and in Year Two, you will study 120 credits at level 5.

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.

  • Year One

    Throughout this year, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of education policy and practice. There are four modules this year:

    • Education: Policy and Practice
    • Equality and Social Justice
    • Communication
    • Management of Learning 1

    These modules will embed academic skills, skills for employment and research skills.

  • Year Two

    There are three modules in Year Two:

    • Management of Learning 2
    • Technology in Learning
    • Learning in the Wider Context

    These modules will embed academic skills, skills for employment, research skills, globalisation and sustainability in education. At the end of this year, you will undertake a synoptic review of your learning and identify current and future skills for employment and further study.

How you’re taught

Sessions run in the evenings and include seminars and tutorials, supported by work-based practice. Full support of your manager is required to allow work-based activities linked to your study.

Studying away from the University campus is made easy with NOW – the NTU Online Workspace. It offers you course and module information, the ability to upload assessments and receive feedback, as well as store personal files. NOW can be used anywhere that you have an internet connection.

How will I be assessed?

The course uses a range of assessment techniques to enable you to meet the learning outcomes and develop suitable skills for employment in education. Subject knowledge, understanding and transferable employment skills are assessed through practically based assignments. Assignments include presentations, reports, essays, portfolios, work based practice reflection.

Work based practice is not assessed as all course members are employed or volunteer members of staff whose practice is appraised within their own setting. However, to develop your practice, you are required to reflect critically on your work as an education practitioner.


You are expected to be in employed in an educational support role and therefore no placements are required.

Assessment methods

  • Year One coursework (100%)
  • Year Two 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 One lectures/seminars/workshops (11%), independent study (72%) and placements (17%)
  • Year Two lectures/seminars/workshops (8%), independent study (75%) and placements (17%)

Careers and employability

This course is designed to support, develop and extend the academic learning of practitioners working in education and community settings. It offers a foundation for professional development.

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:

  • Level 3 qualification in an Educational subject, e.g. A-level, BTEC, CATCHE, or NVQ;
  • GCSEs - English and Maths grade C / 4;
  • full support from your manager, to allow you to undertake work-based activities
  • one year's work experience in a related role (minimum 15 hours per week); and
  • current employment in a related field.

Applications from candidates with a wide range of other qualifications and experiential learning will also be considered.

The UCAS Tariff

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

Get in touch

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

You will need:

  • Level 3 qualification in an Educational subject, e.g. A-level, BTEC, CATCHE, or NVQ;
  • GCSEs - English and Maths grade C / 4;
  • full support from your manager, to allow you to undertake work-based activities
  • one year's work experience in a related role (minimum 15 hours per week); and
  • current employment in a related field.

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.

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.

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.

Get in touch

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

Good luck with your application!

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Fees and funding

Home / EU 
FdA Education: Policy and Practice£4,625

See our Fees and Funding page for details.

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