10 February 2021
Applying through clearing was daunting but turns out, it was the best decision I have ever made.
ARU just stood out from the rest, in particular because of their exciting Primary Education Studies course, which is available as a two-year accelerated option. Right from the beginning of the degree, the lecturers’ knowledge has significantly helped with all our assignments, as we have been able to learn from their specific experiences of education (eg in the classroom, or conducting educational research).
I really like Cambridge as a city and fell in love with the campus when visiting for an Open Day. I felt welcomed by staff and students who answered all my questions, and I had the opportunity to look over work from current and former students.
There were colourful displays of assignments including posters comparing education systems in the UK and other countries, as well as booklets containing full assignment projects, showing the structure and content of writing completed during the course. The opportunity to see this work simply confirmed that this course was exactly what I wanted to do.
I’m in the second and last year of my course, currently beginning the ethics process for my dissertation this trimester, and feel in such a short time this course has covered a vast number of topics within Education.
As someone who wants to become a primary school teacher – one of the many opportunities this course opens up – I feel well equipped not only with subject knowledge to teach students, but also knowledge of the history and ongoing policies of education, which allows me to construct my own opinions of theories which can make my teaching effective and engaging.
The Primary Education Studies course has allowed me to develop skills and experience in preparation for a career I’ve always wanted.