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Course summary

Are you planning a fulfilling future in education and psychology? Our unique BA (Hons) Education Studies and Psychology degree, bridges the disciplines of education and psychology to explore how children, adolescents and adults learn and develop. We will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to shape your career and provide you with graduate employability skills. This degree is for those planning to work in a diverse range of roles in education and/or psychology, including primary or further education teaching, as well as roles in the community. This course will enable you to study children and young people in an educational context giving you the skills to understand the psychological factors that inhibit and motivate engagement in learning. You will explore and consider education processes and strategies to educate learners, in line with government priorities relating to the role of education. The course will allow you to explore the concepts of well-being and mental health through the educational journey, including factors such as family constructs and social media. In your final year, there are some optional modules in line with your specific interests and career aims. You will have the opportunity to research an area of interest as part of your chosen dissertation topic. From day one, we will help you give real-life context to your studies and gain hands-on experience through work-based learning. Placement opportunities are available during Year One, Two and Three through the Nottingham Institute of Education (NIoE) - making you even more attractive to future employers. So, whether you are new to the world of work or are planning a career change, you will be well prepared with our extensive network of 600 partnerships in settings, schools, colleges and the community. What you’ll study The BA (Hons) Education Studies and Psychology degree is designed for students interested in psychology, and lifelong education and development. It offers the opportunity to develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of two disciplines in modern society, and understand theory, research, policy, and practice from a local, national, and international perspective.


Year One Academic Writing and Study Skills (20 credit points) Transition into Higher Education and understand what is expected at this level of study and beyond. Learning and Education in Practice (20 credit points) Explores and interpret the concepts of learning and development in practice. Introduction to Lifespan Developmental Psychology (20 credit points) Gain an overview of core psychology theories relevant to a range of topics that will be explored in more depth later in the course. Wellbeing and Mental Health in Education (20 credit points) Explore theories that have contributed to an understanding of emotional development, as well as how emotional wellbeing impacts on teaching and learning. Education Foundation (20 credit points) Learn about the relatively new field of educational neuroscience. Cognitive Psychology and the Classroom (20 credit points) Explore and consider processes such as pattern recognition, attention, memory storage and retrieval, and problem solving, and how such processes relate to education. Year Two Inclusive Education and Practice (20 credit points) Examines historical developments, theories and concepts in the fields of inclusion, disability and special/additional needs. Research Methods in Education (20 credit points) Learn about researching within and about education and develops the skills to design and justify a piece of research. Work based learning and Professional Practice (20 credit points) Develop professional skills through work-based learning in a placement setting relevant to your career goals. Lifelong Learning in Education (20 credit points) Delve into the complexities of the lifelong nature of education. Creating and Analysing Survey Data (20 credit points) Learn about the nature of experimental and correlational research. Social Development in Children and Adolescence (20 credit points) Learn about several fundamental concepts in social psychology and links these to the experiences of children and adolescence in educational contexts. Year Three Research Project (40 credit points) Research and write a dissertation in an area of your own academic interest, in relation to education studies and psychology. The Psychology of Educational Support and Therapy (20 credit points) Explores a range of psychological interventions and support for children’s learning and development in educational contexts. Improving Language and Literacy in Schools (20 credit points) Explore the development of language and literacy and examine interventions that have been used to improve language and literacy in educational settings. Optional Modules Global and Comparative Education (20 credit points) Learn about international processes that underpin education, international education projects and other initiatives that allow for the globalisation of education. Learning Behaviours and Motivation (20 credit points) Focus on theory, policy and practices regarding motivation and learning. Social Emotional Learning in Education (20 credit points) Identify how educational therapeutic interventions support throughout formal education from reception to Key Stage 4. Working with Diverse communities in the Context of Education (20 credit points) Develop a range of personal and professional skills relevant to working with diverse communities in education.

Assessment method

There are no formal exams during this course; we use a variety of assessment types to allow you to demonstrate your strengths across a number of skill sets.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU offers a student experience like no other, and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here, but may have faced barriers that can make it more difficult to access university. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact Nottingham Trent University Admissions team for further information.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £16500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.
Education Studies and Psychology at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS