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What attracted me to a degree in Primary Education Studies

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Faculty: Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
School: School of Education
Course: BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies
Category: Education

2 August 2022

BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies student Kieran explains what attracted him to the course, and how he's finding studying at ARU so far.

During my early childhood, my teachers were some of my biggest inspirations: they were fun, caring, and excellent role models. I looked up to them the most and I wanted to be like them! I believe this is where my interest in joining the world of Primary Education Studies began.

Teaching allows for knowledge to be passed on through generations, and teaching so far has brought such satisfaction to my life, knowing that I am creating even a small part of intellect and positivity for children’s lives.

Learning from the best

The best part of the course so far has been the engaging live seminars. The lecturers are very welcoming, encouraging and hold such incredible knowledge of the field, you really feel in safe hands.

Don’t forget your fellow students on the course will be facing the same fears, nerves and excitement that you feel on the first day and throughout every day on your university journey, whether you’re about to begin or even writing final assignments. Get to know the people on your course! Having likeminded people within your circle to discuss the course and everyday life with is so useful. University will gain you friends for life without a doubt.

I would also encourage you to work hard and focus on your studies – this way, you will get the most out of your degree because the work you put in will be reflected in your everyday studies and with your result.

Getting hands-on experience

Working with children outside of university studies is very important and there are many local schools who would be very appreciative of volunteers. This is not only very valuable to the school, students and staff but also to you for your experience.

During my own personal teaching journey so far I have volunteered with a few schools in the area, varying in size and background, and I have gained important classroom experience which has allowed me to apply practical skills and I can relate to it in my assignments with anecdotes.

Alongside working in the classroom environment, I have gained useful experience sports coaching, babysitting, and directing with a local children’s drama group. Any experience is a good experience, even down to looking after siblings or family members.

If I could give a final piece of advice, it would be this: use your time wisely, get as much experience as you can, and if you put the effort into your studies, this will be reflected within your teaching and attainments. Best wishes on the course!

By Kieran Chapman
BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies

Kieran studies Primary Education Studies at ARU. Find out more about this and other courses at one of our Open Days.


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