The MArts Education combines the academic study of education policies, systems, contexts and practices, with a practical focus on career development in related areas.
Studying education will develop your understanding of what it means to learn and how this is framed by wider cultural, societal, political, historical and economic contexts.
This contemporary, interdisciplinary social science degree builds on a long tradition of creative and dynamic programmes at a School of Education with over 200 years of experience in the field. You will be taught by staff who have been recognised with awards for their teaching and have international reputations for their research.
Your degree will allow you to engage with debates and develop broad perspectives on issues such as:
- how people learn through multiple modes and in different sites
- the role of established and emerging technologies
- international education and the impact of globalisation
- equality, inclusion and social justice in 21st century education
You will be encouraged to question current educational ideas and practices and to challenge the assumptions that underpin them. Our aim is that, as a graduate of education, you will be well equipped to understand and influence a range of educational processes at local, national and international levels.
The critical focus of the degree means that you will develop skills which can prepare you for a wide range of education-related careers. Through optional modules, the course offers a strong foundation for those aspiring to teach, for example, in primary schools. It also builds a broad theoretical and practical understanding of educational research methods suitable for those aiming to enter the field of educational research.
In year one you will begin to study a number of strands that run throughout the three years of the degree in subjects such as education and society; education: past, present and future; learning through the 21st century; and contemporary debates in education.
There will be a module to address academic, career focused and study skills. This will include not only individual meetings with personal tutors, but also group sessions and assessed work.
We aim to develop broad perspectives on education and therefore offer you the opportunity to take up to 20 credits from outside of the school from languages study, Nottingham Open Online Courses (NOOC) or appropriate modules from sociology, politics or psychology.
In year two you will continue to study the core strands of the programme. There will again be a module on employability skills and further opportunity to take up to 20 credits from outside of the school.
You will also have the option to go on one of a range of assessed placements in wider education settings eg museums, galleries, NGOs, social services etc. For students with an interest in a career in teaching, an assessed school-based placement will be available.
In year three you will draw together your learning and undertake a specific research methods module. You will write a dissertation that addresses topics in either international education, education and society, learning and teaching, or contemporary debates.
You can take up to 10 credits from outside of the school from languages study, NOOC or modules from sociology, politics or psychology.
In year four there will be an advanced research methods module and a substantial research project.
- We are ranked 4th in the UK and 22nd in the world for education by the QS World University Rankings 2016
- Our staff are experts in their fields and have been awarded student-nominated Lord Dearing awards for the quality of their teaching
- You will gain practical skills and enhance your employability by undertaking an assessed placement as part of your degree
- A levels: AAB
- GCSEs: GCSE English, maths and science, 4 (C) or above
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE), which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English. Successful students can progress onto their chosen degree course without taking IELTS again.
We welcome students from all over the world and have a dedicated International Office that offers guidance and advice for international applicants.
At The University of Nottingham we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information in our guide for mature students.
View the alternative qualifications page for details.
Flexible admissions policy
In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.
Notes for applicants
We are looking for students who have the ability and motivation to benefit from our courses, and who will make a valued contribution to the school and the University. When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme of study and achieve the standards required.
Typical year one modules
- Joining the Academic Community
- The Purposes of Education
- History of Education
- Learning and Development
- Big Ideas in Education: Inclusion, Equalities, Rights and Justice
Modules from outside the school, or either:
- Literacy, Learning and Education
- Mathematics and Science in Schools
Typical year two modules
- Developing Skills Together
- Education Beyond Borders
- Researching Education: Key Studies and Methods
- Learning in the Digital Future
- Big Ideas in Education: Curriculum and the Politics of Knowledge
Modules outside the school, or:
- Assessed placement - focus on reflection and sharing with colleagues
Typical year three modules
- The Developing Professional
- New Modes and Sites for Learning
- Big Ideas in Education: Education by Numbers
- Introduction to Research Methods in Education
- Dissertation in any strand
Modules outside the school including wider participation, or either:
- Assessment in Education
- Inclusive Education
Typical year four modules
- The Changing Nature of Education Work
- Big Ideas in Education: Marketization, Privatization and Philanthropy
- Advanced Research Methods in Education
- Research Project
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
This course aims to provide a strong basis for a wide range of further education, training and employment opportunities. You could progress to a career in a range of fields including:
- local government
- civil service
- educational organisation bodies
- education in museums and prisons
- charities and NGOs
- community and educational theatre
- educational administration at school and university level
- educational marketing, PR and journalism
- education business and commerce
- Primary and Early Years teaching (subsequent to gaining Qualified Teacher Status)
Employability skills are woven into the programme in each year. The personal and academic development modules will develop self-study and reflection, while the work-based placement module in the second year offers you a chance to experience working in an educational environment.
The degree is critical and academically focused. You will develop many transferable skills that are attractive to employers such as verbal and written communication, teamwork, ICT ability, critical thinking and problem-solving.
Careers support and advice
Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.
Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.
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Last updated March 16, 2017