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Applied Education Studies BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree (Level 6) — Full-time

Course outline

This new degree programme is a great option for anyone who is interested in working in the education sector but may be unsure which career route they would like to take.

If you already have a full Level 5 teaching qualification (such as a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma or equivalent) you can enter this programme at Year 3 and top-up to a Level 6 Bachelor of Arts with Honours.

The programme has been designed to develop knowledge, understanding and critical reflection of the contemporary educational landscape through the lens of Early Years, Compulsory Education and Vocational/Post Compulsory settings.

It seeks to prepare graduates for the diverse range of careers within educational settings such as:

  • Primary/Secondary teacher (QTS required)
  • Further Education teacher
  • Early Years Practitioner
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Community/Education Engagement
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Youth and community work or the voluntary sector
  • SENDCo

Why choose Nottingham College?

  • 100% face-to-face teaching
  • Small class sizes
  • Lower fees than other local universities
  • More contact time with lecturers
  • Bespoke academic support

Year 3 modules include

AES601: Contemporary Issues in Education

This module will provide you with a wide range of opportunities to explore issues in contemporary education. These issues will consider cultural, social and political influences and how these influences affect key stakeholders within education.

Within this module you will also gain a deepening understanding of how historical ideas and government policy affects education in a range of contexts. You will be able and supported to critically analyse how these issues affect education practice and why educationalist should be aware of these issues in contemporary education.

AES602: Dissertation

This module is the final module of the course.

This module will also provide you with the opportunity to explore a range of issues in contemporary education in far more detail then in AES601. To do this you will conduct your own research and critically analyse literature and findings.

As part of AES602: Dissertation you will take part in primary or secondary research to explore an issue that you are personally interested in. Alongside this you will also consider the ethical implications of educational research and how these considerations affect the use of different methods.

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: TEA3

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Location Date Fees / reductions
111 Canal Street

Start: Monday 25th September 2023

Tuition fee: £8,250

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Course code: C039270 / Q039271


BA (Hons) Applied Education Studies


1 year

Level Level 6
Entry requirements

A full Level 5 in a relevant teaching qualification (such as a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma) or equivalent.

Teaching & assessment

A mixture of traditional and innovative assessment methods will be used, including individual and group presentations, discussions, report writing, case studies, presentations, research and project work, reflective journals and work-based projects.

Additional information

Nottingham College is an approved centre for Open University programme.

You can view the Open University Students Guide 2022 here.

Nottingham College employees can take advantage of reduced fees for this programme. Please discuss with your line manager in the first instance and for further details, please contact the BA course leader Perry Hill-Wood:

When applying through UCAS, please choose entry point 3 for entry on to the third year.