Programme Director and Student Interview

Caroline Lewis | Education Studies Programme Director

Education Studies is for anyone who is interested in education and how it works.

Education Studies is a fairly new discipline in social sciences. It is the study of education that includes: where people learn, how they learn, the various issues that crop up when it comes to learning, how our schools work, lifelong learning and everything in-between.

Education Studies gives our learners a really good understanding of how we can support and develop learners whether that be in the classroom, whether it is in the community or any other scenario. 

In terms of the careers you can go into with Education Studies the possibilities really are endless. Some of our graduates have gone into teaching primary, secondary and adult education. A lot of our graduates end up elsewhere, such as, local government, working abroad, charity organisations and the public sector.

It is not just about qualifications that Education Studies gives you, it is also about the transferrable skills. It teaches you the skills you need for any role with elements of learning and developing people. We spend a lot of time developing our students to try and give them a sense of where they want to go in their careers.

If you’re interested in education, you want to know how to support and develop people then one of our Education Studies pathways could be for you. Come along to our next open day and we can discuss all the opportunities Education Studies could bring.

Lynda Westhead | BA (Hons) Education Studies Student

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This course has been way more than just a degree for me. It’s been a life changing experience.

I had a dream of becoming a teacher. I had worked fulltime since I’d left school at 17. I’ve had a child, I had gone into employment and I thought financially there was no possibility of becoming a teacher.

I went to a UWTSD open day, I took my daughter and I was lucky enough to meet the Programme Director, Caroline Lewis. 

Caroline told me that I did not need to do A-Levels, because I had enough experience and I could enrol that September. 

I was told about the diversity of the Education Studies programme that it was diverse and broad so that it didn’t limit me to teaching. I could do anything with it, I could work in Higher Education, the Government, there were several options and so that was a good choice.  

I called UWTSD Registry department about 100 times and they supported me though my UCAS application.

Education Studies is not just a teaching degree, it is about more than that There are four pillars: history, psychology, sociology and philosophy. It teaches you transferrable skills that you could take into any employment.

Since I have started doing the course I have volunteered at a local Primary school and I’ve got involved with Peer Assisted Study Skills helping other students through their studies. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the Education Studies background. 

This course has been way more than just a degree for me. It’s been a life changing experience. Things that used to matter to me before don’t matter to me now. My priorities have changed. 

My daughter… our relationship has changed. I have been able to spend more time with her. She respects me and she has learned how important it is to get an education. The right educations with the support.

Watching me do my assignments, she has got involved even doing her own projects on education in developing countries. 

Education Studies has developed me much more than just being a student.

I wish I had done this so many years ago.

Since starting my course at UWTSD I have been encouraged by my course director and lecturers to explore any opportunities I want and they would support me where they think it will develop me on the course.

I’ve always wanted to look at teaching in America. I love New York. I was given free rein to contact NYU and I have managed to secure a week’s experience over there in February. I have had full backing from UWTSD and this will provide links between our Education Studies programme and the US Education programme.

I don’t want to leave UWTSD so I would highly recommend the course to anyone who has an interest in education. 

Watch Lynda Westhead discussing her student experience at UWTSD

View the Education Studies portfolio here

The opportunity to study a range of education related subjects relevant to a wide range of careers with unique pathway options allow you to specialise your studies in an area that suits you.

Smaller class sizes with supportive and experienced lecturers who put the learner at the heart of the programme

Excellent employability links and opportunities for post-graduate progression.

Sessions are timetabled in a family-friendly way that allows you to study in a supportive and caring environment.

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