We interviewed Olivia Beeston who is currently studying the BA in Education Studies to see how she's finding the course. Here is what she had to say about her time here so far.
Olivia had always been set on the idea of working with children in some capacity, however was not certain of what capacity that should be.
When asked why she chose to study at University of Reading Olivia said:
"The campus is beautiful. Reading is so central too so the distance from home was ideal, as well as the accommodation. I loved the idea of living on one campus and studying on another. The main Whiteknights campus is modern and has everything a student could need, allowing me to feel part of student life. At the same time, London Road Campus though smaller, is more historic and generally lovely. It allows me to be in the strong Institute of Education community while also participating in the student scene on Whiteknights."
When asked why she chose the Education Studies course specifically Olivia continued:
"I wanted to choose a course that explored the impact of education extensively. The modules and range of career choices that result from such a course really stood out to me. It is great for people who want to work in the wider education sector. It allows a deeper understanding of education and the theory behind it. We are also introduced to different areas of learning and teaching not just focussing on classroom teaching with children. "
Olivia also mentioned how the course leader was approachable and happy to help with any queries. Additionally, she talked about how helpful it was that each student got an academic tutor to meet with twice a term.
As part of the course Olivia also went on placements which allowed her to understand different ways of learning. She said: "This got me thinking about effective learning inside and outside of schools, as well as giving me a better insight into which age group I would like work with in the future."
Olivia is currently taking the Education for Inclusion module.
"This has made me discover my passion for making a difference within a special educational needs setting. I still need to decide exactly what I would like to do but it has given me an area to focus on. The range of topics covered within the modules allow each student to discover where their interests lie."
One term in and Olivia already feels she fits in. "I have already made so many amazing friends, developed so many new skills and learnt so much within lectures. I always worried that the course work would be too challenging but have been offered so much support and feedback allowing me to feel at ease when completing work."