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The School of Education is primarily focused on postgraduate provision, both teacher training and taught and research degrees in education but also offers the full-time undergraduate degrees, BA Education and BA Humanistic Counselling.


What can I do?

The BA Education combines the academic study of educational policies, systems, contexts and practices, with a practical focus on career development in related areas.

Given the course builds a broad theoretical and practical understanding of educational research methods, graduates are well-prepared to develop a career in educational research. It also offers, through optional modules, a strong foundation for those aspiring to teach, for example in primary schools.

Graduates from the BA Humanistic Counselling Practice often work in professional practice as the course provides accreditation with the National Counselling Society and provides more than the required number of training hours for individual accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Many graduates also use the qualification to gain employment in other areas broadly associated with helping and supporting others, for example mentoring, support roles, teaching assistant and in supported tenancies.


How can I develop my skills and experience?

Work experience and volunteering

There are many ways that you can develop your skills to support job and course applications in the future.

Gaining experience in a role through a summer internship or speaking to someone in that role that can help you to form ideas and opinions about where your future lies.

Faculty of Social Sciences - Placement Programme

Work experience - what, how and when

Explore work experience in a remote setting through organisations who offer virtual or simulated activities. For example, Forage

Nottingham Internship Scheme

We work closely with a huge variety of local and national businesses to bring you an exciting range of internship opportunities, for both current students and recent graduates.


Nottingham Consultancy Challenge

The Nottingham Consultancy Challenge offers the chance for you to gain hands-on experience of managing a short term project for a local business or charity as part of a multi-disciplinary team.  


Nottingham Advantage Award

The Nottingham Advantage Award offers interesting extracurricular modules to develop and reflect on your employability. With over more than 200 modules across our three campus in the UK, China and Malaysia.


Advice from Nottingham alumni

With our Careers Mentoring programme, you can receive invaluable support from an alumnus while considering your career options. Choose a mentor in the career area that interests you and get a real insight into the sector.


Students' Union

The Students’ Union offers a wide range of volunteering options both locally and internationally which you can fit around your studies. You could choose to volunteer for something completely new or there are many options related to education, for example

Volunteering in Schools



Students in Classrooms

There are three initiatives which will give you the opportunity to work in a local educational setting.  These initiatives support the academic attainment and raise the aspirations of primary and secondary pupils, whilst developing the skills and employability of those involved. 

These are excellent opportunities for students considering teaching, youth work or community engagement as a career.


Exchange programmes overseas

Undertake an exchange semester in another country and broaden your horizons. Talk to your tutors and find out more about the programmes available from the International Office.


How can I enhance my digital skills?

Digital skills are essential in many career fields, including advertising, publishing, marketing, and general commerce. They range from social media to coding and will definitely enhance your employability. There are various ways to develop your digital skills whilst at university.


How can I practise psychometric tests?

Many graduate recruiters use psychometric tests during the recruitment and selection process. They are common across all sectors and career fields. Practise will really help your performance.


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Careers and Employability Service

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