Ideal if you have an interest in education and learning, but want to keep your career options open, this degree explores a wide range of issues and the ways in which education policy affects practice.
Based around the three core threads of sociology, psychology and social policy, this degree allows you to explore education in its broadest sense and education practice within a variety of contexts. You will look at the processes and philosophies around learning, how education is constructed and impacts social justice and inequalities, and the influences of policy changes on education and the curriculum.
With opportunities for international and UK-based placements, you will be able 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.
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.
- 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:
- a wide subject area allowing for a variety of career options
- additional accreditations to boost your CV
- tailored assessment and support with no formal exams in your final year
- a 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
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 and seminars
- small group or individual tutorials
- guest speakers
- directed or independent study tasks
- small-scale research
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed on the coursework you do, including:
- written assignments
- research reports
- reflective accounts.
Where will I have a placement?
You could have a placement in a wide variety of settings. These could include:
- rural, inner city and suburban schools
- hospitals and health authorities
- major sports clubs and grounds in Nottingham
- social services
- 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
- Catch 22
- Base 51
- Leicester Royal Infirmary Human Resources.
Our support for international placements has resulted in an increasing number of our students going abroad in their second year. International placements allow you to develop skills valued by employers within the global economy such as independence, resilience and using initiative.
Our Education students have recently enjoyed working in countries as far afield as Australia, Zimbabwe, Spain and Thailand.
Some of our students choose to take a placement overseas. Recent placements have been available with a Steiner School in Germany and English teaching in Sri Lanka.
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 issues arising from access to education.
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 1 coursework (83%) and practical (17%)
- Year 2 coursework (100%)
- Year 3 coursework (100%)
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 (23%), independent study (77%)
- Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (59%) and placements (18%)
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 Studies 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 Studies graduates go on to study for a PhD in education.
Your future career
Education Studies 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.
The Education Studies 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, 2015-16
See where this degree could take you with our Careers Brochure.
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.
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