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Education Degrees and Masters

Our Education courses are delivered by experienced and knowledgeable experts. With a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes to choose from, the University of Northampton is the ideal place to gain the knowledge and skills you need to pursue your chosen career path in this dynamic and rewarding field.

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Course Structure

We offer various routes within education ranging from early years and special educational needs and inclusion, to the study of how people learn leadership management skills. An education degree can give you access to a wide range of careers which can include working with babies, children, young people and families.

Dependent on the course you choose, a variety of placements are available to ensure you have the practical experience alongside your theoretical knowledge. If you are already in employment within the education sector, we have several courses that have been designed to fit around your job.

If you’re interested in becoming a qualified primary teacher, look at our Teacher Training courses.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements can vary from each course. Therefore, we advise that you explore the individual specifications and course requirements for your desired subject of study, which can be found on the course page.

Typically, it is required for applicants to hold English and Mathematics GCSEs or equivalent with at least a grade C/4, and standard application processes of interviews, recommendations, skill tests and DBS checks may apply.

Facilities and Research

Students can make use of our outstanding school experience library, which will provide you with the resources you need to support you in your course placements.

You will also be able to develop your academic abilities, including critical analysis and essay writing, with support from the Learning Development team of the library. Additionally, the Learning Technology team offers expert guidance in developing your use of technology.

Our Library and Learning Service works with local partners to deliver a social impact by embracing the Changemaker Challenges. Our research focuses on the key areas of Education; Health and Wellbeing; Culture, Heritage and the Environment; and Enterprise and Innovation.

Undergraduate Education Programmes

Our undergraduate education programmes are designed to ensure that our students become confident and capable in a wide range of fields, including early years education, teaching and special educational needs.

Early Years Degrees

The University of Northampton Early Years degrees draw on a wide range of disciplines, with our Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) degree taking a holistic approach to the development of children from birth to the age of eight. This course allows you to develop your skills in the areas of early childhood care and education, health and social care, while broadening your knowledge of early years pedagogy, psychology, sociology, law, policy, health, philosophy, leadership and management.

Entry Requirements Typical Offer: CCC at A Level/MMM at BTEC. Applicants are expected to hold a GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent in English and Mathematics, as well as demonstrating a commitment to Early Childhood Studies by having previous work experience with children under 8-years-old. Interviews and Disclosure and Barring Service (DMS) checks are also required.

Students with a Foundation Degree or HND degree will benefit from the Early Childhood Studies (Top-Up) course, as you will have the opportunity to progress onto a full honours degree. This is especially useful if you are already actively working within this field. Consolidate your knowledge on the holistic development of young children and take advantage of the opportunity to apply everything you have learned in a real placement or workplace setting.

Entry Requirements: Applicants are expected to hold a GCSE grade C/4 or above in English and Mathematics, as well as demonstrating a commitment to Early Childhood Studies by having previous work experience with children under 8-years-old. Interviews and Disclosure and Barring Service (DMS) checks are also required.

Our Foundation Degree in Early Years comprises of both taught and work-based elements. These will allow you to apply your knowledge of children’s rights, health and wellbeing, as well as cultural contexts and the principles of inclusive practice to a real workplace setting.

Entry Requirements Typical Offer: DEE at A Level/MPP at BTEC. Applicants must be in employment in an early years setting for at least 16 hours a week, have at least one year’s experience in early years contexts, and have a positive reference from their employer. You will need to hold a GCSE grade C/4 or above in English and Mathematics and an NVQ Level 3 in early years or related subject (or equivalent). 

Students who study our Childhood and Youth multidisciplinary degree will gain a breadth of knowledge and understanding of the lives and experiences of children, as well as young people and their families from ages eight to 25. This will be developed through work-based learning and academic study to enhance both your career prospects and your skills.

Entry Requirements Typical Offer: CCC at A Level/MMM at BTEC. Applicants are expected to hold a GCSE grade C/4 or above in English and Mathematics, as well as demonstrating a commitment to working with children through voluntary work. Disclosure and Barring Service (DMS) checks are also required.

Education and Teaching Degrees

Our Education Studies BA (Hons) course is a strong foundation to help you pursue a variety of different career choices. Students will have the chance to investigate how children and adults learn, along with learning about the development of educational systems. It will give you an understanding of the key issues, policies and debates within the field today.

Entry Requirements Typical Offer: BCC at A Level / DMM at BTEC

We have designed our Higher Level Teaching Assistant course to help teaching assistants and other school support staff to progress to the role of Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA). You will have the chance to undertake whole class teaching activities with the support and under the guidance of a teacher in the classroom.

Entry Requirements: Applicants must have the endorsement of a headteacher, have achieved a nationally recognised qualification at level 2 or above in Mathematics and English in accordance with Standard 11 of the HLTA Standards, and be able to prove that they advanced the learning of pupils when working with whole classes without the presence of an assigned teacher.

Our International Education (Top-Up) degree is an opportunity to top-up HND or Diploma level qualifications (or equivalent) to a full honours degree. Preparation for work in international education, or TEFL, can be expected by students by studying education theory, English language teaching and models of communication.

Entry Requirements: Applicants are welcomed from students with an HND or equivalent qualification in English, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, English Language, Business English, English Literature, TEFL, English and Education, Education Studies, Early Childhood Studies, or Intercultural Communication. 

This Foundation Degree in Learning and Teaching is a recognised qualification, which is ideal for those working in roles which support teaching and learning in schools, such as teaching assistants. The course focuses on the development of your understanding of children’s learning and will build upon your ability to support teachers in raising the achievements of pupils, ultimately providing opportunities for career development.

Entry Requirements: Applicants must demonstrate the ability to undertake intermediate degree level study, through prior qualifications at NVQ level 3 or equivalent. Appropriate levels of numeracy and literacy are required to support learners in schools and usually a minimum of two years’ experience working as a teaching assistant is required. 

Our Learning and Teaching degrees are designed to follow on from our Foundation Degree in Learning and Teaching (or equivalent). This course aims to fit around your work and build upon the existing knowledge and experience of teaching assistants and others in educational support roles. This is beneficial for students as they prepare to apply to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) programmes in Key Stage 1 and 2.

Entry Requirements: Applicants should have completed a Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning (or equivalent), amounting to 240 Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme (CATS) points. Recent or current experience in a school or other educational establishment is also required.

Education Apprenticeships

Education apprenticeships at the University of Northampton are an invaluable way to gain experience. The Certificate in Higher Education Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Apprenticeship is best suited for practitioners engaged in employment in Children, Young People and Families services. Students will gain a sound foundation of children and young people’s development, whilst working with families in diverse contexts of children and young people’s lives.

Entry Requirements: Applicants must be currently engaged in employment in Children, Young People and Families services for a minimum of 30 hours per week. They must also have Level 2 Maths and English, meet standard university entry requirement for Level 4 study, and have completed a satisfactory DMS clearance.

Special Education Degrees

Special education degrees at the University of Northampton offer a chance to explore the challenging concepts of social inclusion, difference and diversity. The Special Educational Needs and Inclusion BA (Hons) programme delves deeply into critical understanding of the theoretical perspectives of SEND and inclusion, and relates these to current practices in a range of contexts.

Entry Requirements Typical Offer: CCC at A Level / MMM at BTEC. Applicants must also hold a GCSE grade C/4 or above in English and Mathematics, demonstrate a commitment to inclusive practices, and complete a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DMS) clearance.

Postgraduate Education Programmes

Gaining a postgraduate certificate or Masters degree in education allows you to broaden your career prospects, enrich your experiences and specialise your knowledge in various areas within the industry.

Masters in Education

Extend your knowledge of early years education with a Masters in education at the University of Northampton. On our MA Education (Early Years Pathway) course, you will be encouraged to engage with your professional colleagues and specialist tutors to establish a deep understanding of the dynamics and issues within early years teaching.

Entry Requirements: Applicants must have a degree at 2:2 or above from a UK or NARIC recognised university, QTS or equivalent. Applicants working in children’s services without QTS with an ordinary degree or Early Years Teacher Status or QTLS will be considered.

The MA Education (English Language Teaching) course has a practical focus towards this field of education. It will equip you with the skills and experience you need to develop into a reflective, resourceful and confident professional on English language teaching.

Entry Requirements: Applicants must have a First or second class (2:1) undergraduate degree and will be interviewed prior to acceptance.

Become a confident and capable manager or leader with a masters degree in Education. Our Education (Leadership and Management) MA course will encourage you to explore these essential skills, allowing you to apply them to a variety of educational settings, including schools, NGOs and government offices.

Entry Requirements: Applicants must have a relevant honours degree at a 2:2 or above from a UK institution or equivalent. Other qualifications and recent professional experience will be considered on an individual basis. 

By choosing the mathematics pathway of our MA in Education, you will inform your professional practice by broadening your knowledge, building on your confidence and extending your skillset. You will have the opportunity to secure a deeper understanding of the various issues and dynamics that come with teaching this essential subject.

Entry Requirements: Applicants must have an honours degree from a UK institution or equivalent, have Qualified Teacher Status or equivalent, and provide written support from your employing school for you to conduct school-based research. 

Our Education MA course is ideal for teachers, educational professionals and recent graduates to enhance their practice. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your own professional and personal experiences, as well as developing your knowledge and skills of aspects of specific interest to you.

Entry Requirements: Applicants must have an honours degree at 2:2 or above from a UK institution or equivalent. If you have other qualifications and have recent professional experience of three years or more, you will be considered. 

Postgraduate Certificates

If you have already successfully completed a School Direct programme or Graduate Teacher Programme, and gained your Qualified Teacher Status without the academic award, then our PGCE Top-Up course allows you to achieve the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Entry Requirements: Applicants must have a 2:2 degree classification or above from a UK institution or equivalent, have QTS status through the Graduate Teacher Programme or School Direct route, and should normally be currently teaching in a school while participating on the course. An assessed professional portfolio is required, which must include evidence of your QTS and how you have met the Teaching Standards, demonstration of your commitment to CPD, and support for your application from your Head Teacher.

Gain professional recognition, develop your digital skills and support the practice of others with our Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Leadership online course. This qualification will equip you with the teaching skills, subject knowledge and critical understanding needed for you to lead positive change as a digital leader in your chosen educational setting.

Entry Requirements: Applicants should have an undergraduate degree at a 2:2 classification or above, be qualified to teach in their sector and have relevant experience in the field of educational technology. 

This course is ideal for qualified teachers wishing to transform their own teaching practice to make an impact on the learning of mathematics within their school. Our Postgraduate Certificate Primary Mathematics programme focuses on mathematical thinking, reasoning and problem solving in a primary setting.

Entry Requirements: Applicants should be qualified teachers working within a primary school setting. You will not need to be a leading mathematics teacher or co-ordinator, but will require the recommendation of your Head Teacher.

Enhance your pedagogical and subject skills with our Postgraduate Certificate Secondary Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programme. This course will enable you to further develop your knowledge and capabilities in mathematical reasoning, thinking and problem solving within Key Stages 2 to 4.

Entry Requirements: Applicants should have an undergraduate degree or equivalent. You must also be a qualified teacher with QTS or QTLS, have completed your NQT year and have a recommendation from the Head Teacher of the school you will be working with. 

Postgraduate and Masters in Special Education

Our Postgraduate Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties and Inclusion will provide you with an understanding of the underlying difficulties experienced by individuals with dyslexia, as well as the skills you need to become a specialist teacher in literacy. This qualification replaces the OCR Level 5 and 7 qualifications, which are being discontinued.

Entry Requirements: Applicants should possess two years of recent and relevant professional experience in an educational setting. They must also have a QTS or equivalent, or an Honours degree with a 2:1 classification or above from a UK university or equivalent. Those working in children’s services without QTS but with an ordinary degree in Early Years Teacher Status or QTLS will be considered. 

Our Special Educational Needs and Inclusion (Autism Pathway) MA will allow you to develop your skills, knowledge and confidence in this crucial field. This Masters in special education focuses on the autism spectrum, including Asperger syndrome.

Entry Requirements: Applicants must have an honours degree from a UK institution or equivalent, provide a personal statement and two references which will support your ability to study at a postgraduate level. Students who have gained credits at M Level 7 from the University of Northampton or other universities can apply to use these towards this course if they demonstrate their studies have been in the field of autism.

This course is beneficial for special education practitioners who work with groups, such as young people, adults and children. You can expect to grow your understanding and body of knowledge, surrounding themes in relation to Special Educational Needs and Inclusions in the wider context.

Entry Requirements: Applicants must have an honours degree from a UK institution or equivalent, provide a personal statement and two references which will support your ability to study at a postgraduate level. Students who have gained credits at M Level 7 from the University of Northampton or other universities can apply to use these towards this course if they demonstrate their studies have been in the field.

The designated SENCo for your school will be required to complete this mandatory National Award for SEN Co-Ordination PGCert within three years of starting in the position.

Entry Requirements: Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent. You will also need to have qualified teacher status (QTS, QTLS or EYTS), have completed your NQT year and have a recommendation from the Head Teacher of the school you are working in. If you are the Head Teacher, you must have a recommendation from the Chair of Governors. 

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