Education Studies BA (Hons)

Education Studies BA (Hons)


I chose Education Studies because I want to
become a teacher, preferably in a Primary School. I chose Education Studies for the opposite reasons. So I didn’t know what I wanted to do afterwards and I knew that there was a possibility that I wanted to teach but then again maybe not so I chose Education Studies because it’s broad and it would give me more options at the end. I’d say the course has really opened my mind
up to what else is out there in the Education sector other than just teaching and it’s made
me really question what I want to do after university and made me realise that there
is so much more out there. Hi, I’m Doctor Jeff Buckles and I’m Head of Programme for Education Studies at York St John University. Education Studies is the study of education, which seems pretty simplistic, but what we’re actually doing is studying education using the foundation disciplines of Philosophy, Politics, History, Sociology and Psychology. You have to try, if you like, almost to put these five hats on which makes it very complex and I think that’s also what makes it so enjoyable and so challenging. So one of the modules we had to do, we went on placement at York Minster, which was really interesting and it really opened up the options in the variations of the course and I learnt about different ways of learning and different experiences and environments and it was really good. I like how over the three years you can see that your knowledge has progressed and by your final assessments in your third year you
can kind of see that bigger picture of education. So, for example, history and policy, you learn
and you build on your knowledge every year and that’s something I’ve really enjoyed as
part of this course. I do Joint Honours: Education Studies and
English Language & Linguistics and I find it’s a really great way to get a mixture of
what to expect in two different subjects. I took Italian as a module in my second year
and I really enjoyed it. And I know other people who did a language and then progressed with that and went to study abroad. One student went to Spain for a semester. It was such a good opportunity to be able to learn about the education system in Spain as well as build on her Spanish as well. So we have the Education Studies Society which
is student-led and student-organised, and that’s enabled students from all levels to interact
with each other, help each other out with assignments and also socially meet. So if we think of Education Studies through
a few questions for instance, so we might ask ‘what is education?’ We might only change a single word and say ‘what is education for?’ Which moves us from meaning to purpose. We might also ask ‘how do humans learn?’ Well we don’t know. We know it’s something to do with the brain but we’re not really sure how the brain enables us to learn. We might make a statement, ‘is education the same as schooling?’ How are they different? How are they similar? And then finally we might ask why different countries have different education systems, because context becomes very important. So education on one hand seems very easy because we’ve all been to school, but on another level it’s very complex because there are all these underlying ideas which bubble up and we try to examine and to explore. I chose York St John as a university because I liked the community feel and that it was all on one campus. Being at York St John has given me opportunities that I never thought I would have ever had when I started from starting a society for the course to help other students to being a voiceover for a campus tour app. So it’s random things but I’ll take it away and I’ve had such a good time whilst being here.

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