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Nottingham Trent University

Education (Psychology)

UCAS Code: X316

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Education studies

You’ll study the discipline of education but with psychological insight. Further postgraduate study could enable employment opportunities in educational psychology, child psychology, therapy occupations and counselling.

This degree will develop your understanding of how people develop and learn throughout their lives, as well as the nature of knowledge and understanding, using psychological theories and perspectives. You will also study how education contributes to society, politics and economics.

Each year provides a key focus that will lend to you thinking as an educationalist with an emphasis on psychology. In Year One, the course provides a solid grounding for understanding the multi and interdisciplinary nature of education. Multidisciplinary in the way that it draws from Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy and Politics, and interdisciplinary in the way that it includes specialised educational fields of study.

In Year Two, the course will cement your theoretical knowledge as you think about how your own research could contribute to the field of education. You will also develop your understanding of social psychology and the application of psychology in educational contexts. Year Two is dedicated to placement activity. Placements can be in a wide range of educational settings, locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

In Year Three, you’ll conduct research for your dissertation and continue to gain experience and develop a portfolio. You’ll also explore how different behaviours are supported and understood in educational contexts.

Modules

Year One
Academic and Reflective Practices
The module is skills-rich and will enable you to gather, interpret and reflect on information, through writing, reviewing, editing and referencing.
What is Education?
You will develop an understanding of education in its broadest sense. This module will help you consider the following: does education promote social mobility, what is knowledge, how is it developed and how can we establish whether education achieves its purpose?
Developing Learning in Education
Should students be passive recipients or active agents in their learning space? You will examine the role of the teacher, considering teacher-centred didactic teaching approaches and alternative student-centred approach to teaching.
Learning in the Outdoors
You will investigate how learning in the outdoors supports the holistic nature of children’s learning and development, with a particular view on their developing sense of self.
Including all Learners
Explore changing attitudes and approaches to learners with a range of diverse needs – this module will increase your understanding of differing perspectives on inclusion and identify how these have influenced educational practice and provision for learners with special educational needs and disabilities.
Cognitive Psychology and Education
You will be asked to 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
Professional Placement
You’ll develop professional skills through work-based learning in a placement setting relevant to your career goals. Whilst on your placement, you will be expected to reflect critically upon your own individual placement experiences.
Research Methods in Education
You’ll be introduced to researching within and about education and develop the skills to design and justify a piece of research.
Sociology of Education
You’ll explore Functionalist, Marxist and Social Interactionist perspectives on education. Developing a deeper sociological insight into feminist theory, social class theory and critical race theory, you’ll identify different groups of learners within the education system.
The Business of Education
Using a critical social policy lens, you’ll develop an appreciation of the relationships between political ideologies, social policy initiatives, social policy implementation and, ultimately, educational practice.
Well-being in Education
The importance of well-being is not always central to pedagogic practice, yet it may be the basis on which some learners choose to be fully engaged in education, while others disengage psychologically or physically from the learning process.
Social Psychology, Development and Interaction
You’ll be introduced to a number of fundamental concepts in social psychology including social interaction, social processes, and the interplay between the person and society in attitudes, beliefs and socialisation. This involves international perspectives and cultural variations.
Year Three
Capstone Project: Dissertation in Education
You’ll research and write a dissertation in an area of your own academic interest, in relation to education.
Understanding and Supporting Behaviour
Why do children and young people misbehave in mainstream educational settings? This module invites you to explore the term ‘misbehave’ and its meaning for both students and educational practitioners.
Psychology of Educational Support and Therapy
You’ll develop a solid foundation on fundamental concepts behind psychological interventions and support, as well as comparing and evaluating these techniques.
You’ll choose two modules from the below optional modules, one from Set A and one from Set B:
Set A
Race, Culture and Education and The Social Context of Post-Compulsory Education
Set B
Education in a Globalised World and Social Justice and Morality

Assessment methods

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.

The Uni


Course location:

Clifton Campus

Department:

Nottingham Institute Education

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
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Education studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


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Education

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
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Average annual salary
99%
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Employed or in further education
70%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Childcare and related personal services
15%
Teaching and educational professionals
8%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

When you look at employment stats, bear in mind that a lot of students are already working in education when they take this type of course and are studying to help their career development. This means they already have jobs when they start their course, and a lot of graduates continue to study, whilst working, when they complete their courses. If your course is focused on nursery or early years education, a lot of these graduates go into nursery work or classroom or education assistant jobs; these jobs are not currently classed as 'graduate level' in the stats (although they may well be in the future as classifications catch up with changes in the way we work), and many graduates who enter these roles say that a degree was necessary.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Education studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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