Hi, my name is Puqiao and I’m doing Education Studies and I’m a final year student. I’m Sarah and I’m a final year student and I study Psychology and Education Studies. I would like to become an Educational Psychologist and I was advised to apply for this course. The lectures here are just great — which is why I’ve decided to do a Masters because it’s been a great experience for me at undergrad so I wanted to continue that into a post-grad. I decided to do the Education
Studies course because I wanted to train to be a teacher and felt that it was the best course to give me the knowledge to get onto a PGCE course. One of the big things about the Education Studies course is that it’s very multidisciplinary and you get the opportunity to touch into very different areas of Education. So you get to look at philosophy, history, psychology and sociology and they all come together really neatly in the Education programme. I think the programme is extremely diverse. You have an opportunity to try a whole
range of different modules that cover such a broad sort of spectrum of policy, theory, some practice. There’s a diversity of opportunity, I think. We’re given so much variety because the education system is not just about the curriculum or education policy. We’ve covered so many different things. We’ve covered inclusion, historical perspectives, the social world of childhood — so it’s not just going to school 9 to 3. We explore children with SEN (Special Educational Needs) and also some current educational issues and educational equality. It’s not only focused on the UK context — we compare it with different countries. One of the interesting things about the Educational Studies degree is the breadth of career opportunities. We’re very aware that some people want to go into teaching. There’s a very clear pathway through the Education Studies degree onto maybe the PGCE. But we’re also aware that number of students don’t want to go into teaching — in which case they can develop particular pathways which may support them if they’re interested in youth work or maybe social work. Lots of our students do seem to be very geared up into getting really worthwhile careers maybe linked with educational publishing, for example, or educational psychology. So we’re hoping and we’re working towards making our course a real springboard for people’s future careers. I did some volunteering with the local
authority in my first year and worked with the young people that were involved in a Youth Council, a Youth Parliament and I did some work with the
Children in Care Council as well. Brookes were really supportive in that process. They were quite flexible to that volunteering — particularly if you had a lecture that clashed with something that was in your volunteering opportunity — they were quite accommodating with that. It’s changed me in terms of confidence, particularly around education — it’s given me a good background knowledge. With Education Studies, I think that’s going to really help me build my knowledge and move on to Primary Teaching. It’s developing professionally — I’ve worked in two special schools. What I’ve learned so far on my course has really helped me to put some of the theory in practice. I would definitely recommend this course to another student. I think that it offers you a lot of valuable knowledge that you can take into a teaching career — if that’s what you chose to do but into other careers if you chose a different pathway. I find it challenging but it’s interesting. And when you finish it, you definitely feel proud of yourself.