Early Years and Psychology (BA (Hons))

Nottingham Trent University the United Kingdom

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 13450 per year

All study options

About Early Years and Psychology at Nottingham Trent University

This Educational joint honours degree allows you to study two subjects widening your career options working with children and families and understanding why and how we behave as we do. 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): If you are taking the Early Years strand as part of your Joint Honours degree, you now have the option to study Early Years Initial Teacher Training alongside your course. This is currently the only recognised teaching qualification for children aged five or under. (Additional entry qualifications are required - check the course information for details.)
  • 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.

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.

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
  • 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 have an hour's practical session in the Psychology labs. For the remaining 32 hours a week you will be expected to study these areas independently 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 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
  • 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 (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 (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 Early Years and Psychology combination provides a grounding for careers working with children and families and understanding why and how we behave as we do. You will develop a range of transferable skills including verbal and non-verbal communication, ICT, numeracy, social skills, organisational and management skills and critical thinking skills.

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

The following illustrates possible careers areas you could enter using your psychology subject knowledge, or download our Psychology careers poster.

If you are interested in a career in Psychology, you can apply to study our PG Dip in Psychology, at the end of your degree. The PG Dip in Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and allows you to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the BPS.

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 and 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) Early Years and Psychology: £16,000

Average graduate annual salary after 40 months*

BA (Hons) Early Years and Psychology: £16,000 – £24,000

* 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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 13450 per year

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

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:

  • 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.

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.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

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.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at Nottingham Trent University to prepare for your chosen course:

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