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Course summary

Are you ready for a future in education but want to keep your career options open? Our dynamic BA (Hons) Education Studies degree lets you do just that. You will take learning beyond the classroom, as you study education in its broadest sense. This unique course covers early years through to adult education - exploring a diverse range of subject areas, including sociology, policy, globalisation, technology, and social justice. With a wide range of modules, you will have the freedom to build your own degree in line with your specific interests and career aims. Topics include education with a teaching focus; art, culture and heritage; youth studies and globalisation. From day one, we will help you give real-life context to your studies and gain hands-on experience. Enhanced work-based learning and placement opportunities available through the Nottingham Institute of Education (NIoE) will give you industry experience - making you even more attractive to future employers. So, whether you’re 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 Our BA (Hons) Education Studies degree explores how people develop and learn throughout their lives. You will analyse education, drawing upon a range of disciplines, including sociology, policy, globalisation, technology and social justice. You will examine how people have experienced education and how society and culture influence what is taught and how. Throughout the course, you will consider education as being something that happens in both classroom and community contexts. Government policy and initiatives will be explored to identify how policy affects local, national and international educational practices, as well as peoples’ life chances.


Year One Outdoor Learning (20 credit points) Gain hands-on experience within an outdoor learning environment. What is Education? (20 credit points) Examine the process of education, as well as its wider meaning within society and politics. Developing Learning (20 credit points) Explore the process of learning and how we can integrate this into formal education. Academic Skills (20 credit points) Transition into Higher Education and understand what is expected at this level of study and beyond. Community Education ChalleNGe (40 credit points) Examine how culture and education are linked to community education. Year Two Core Modules Experiential Learning & Placement (40 credit points) Explore the broader contexts in which your studies take place, within Education and Social Justice. Education Policy and Practice (20 credit points) Cover education policy, along with historical and contemporary political trends in education. Research Methods in Education (20 credit points) Gain knowledge and training on research methods in education, equipping you to independently carry out a research project. Optional Modules Youth Health & Well-being (20 credit points) Learn about health and health care in Britain – an increasingly significant topic for those involved in providing services to young people. Learning through Arts & Culture (20 credit points) Explore elements of theory, policy and practices regarding motivation to learn. Inclusive Education in a Global World (20 credit points) Learn about marginalisation in education and in a wider society. Navigating the Classroom and Curriculum (20 credit points) Reflect on the professional roles and responsibilities of the primary school teacher. Education and Young People (20 credit points) Reflect on the increasingly varied landscape of education in Britain today. Object-based Learning: Combining Arts & Culture with the Classroom (20 credit points) Examine the role of arts in educational, cultural and community settings. Comparative and International Education (20 credit points) Engage with debates about different educational philosophies and approaches both nationally and internationally. Sociology of Education (20 credit points) Explore the origins of the sociology of education. Year Three Core Modules Research Project: Research in Education (40 credit points) With this year-long module, resarch and write a dissertation in an area of your own academic interest, in relation to education. Social Justice and Morality (20 credit points) Engage with global issues of social justice and discourses around morality. Education and Digital Technology - Teaching and Learning in an Online World (20 credit points) Examine how digital and online technologies influence education throughout life. Optional Modules Advice and Guidance in Practice (20 credit points) Explore definitions of counselling, advice and guidance. Race, Media and Popular Culture (20 credit points) Examine the complex relations between race, media and popular culture. Global Citizenship and Education for Sustainable Development (20 credit points) Cover global inequalities in terms of education, access to health, clean water and nutritious food. Forced migration and education: Key issues (20 credit points) Engage with key issues pertinent to forced migration and the way these issues relate to education at all levels. Informal, Inclusive and Alternative Education (20 credit points) This module introduces the theory, policy and practice of educational work with young people through informal, alternative and inclusive education. Society, Culture and Identity (20 credit points) Consider the concept of identity within the various communities. Education in a Globalised World (20 credit points) Link global inequalities in the economy to those in education. Radical Education (20 credit points) Engage with theoretical frameworks and scholars giving a voice to minoritized people who would otherwise be excluded from the formal education systems.

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.
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