Choosing Your Perfect Course - My Tips

Shannon Stevely

Faculty: Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
School: School of Education and Social Care
Course: BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
Category: Education

27 June 2018

Choosing an education course is difficult, as there are so many to choose from. If you have an idea of what you would like to do after your degree, you have a bit of a head start but when choosing a course, ensure you do background research first, so you are fully aware of the course content and if it best suits your needs.

There are a range of teaching techniques that are used to make learning interesting, so here are a few tips I can give you when applying for courses:

  • Apply for a variety of education courses.
  • Visit the universities you have applied for, as you may not like the university in person.
  • Attend taster sessions and open days to get a feel of what university is like, this way you can also meet tutors.
  • If you don’t like exams pick coursework based courses.

After looking at the different universities, I applied for the one I felt most comfortable with, which was Early Childhood Studies at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford. When I visited the campus, it felt very friendly and the staff seemed really supportive. After seeing the course content I knew this was the right one for me. There were a variety of job pathways I could do after my degree rather than just having one path into teaching. The teaching techniques varied from essays to group work to creating portfolios and posters. This makes each module interesting as I am not always writing essays.

For each module you complete, familiarise yourself with the further assessment guidance so you can fully be aware of what is expected from the module. There are lots of resources available for each module for further reading and research which could be beneficial to the assessment. After knowing this, it makes it easier to understand the module and to complete the assignment.

At the end of the day, you have to decide what you are going to be happy with so that you can enjoy your university experience.

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