Are you passionate about learning? Do you love all aspects of education and have a desire to help other people improve their knowledge and skills? If so, then studying for a degree in education might be something to really get your teeth into.
A degree in education could lead to you training as a teacher, but equally it could lead to a role in education policy or in social services. You could also find yourself working in community development, education research or within a local education authority.
With the help of Swansea University, which has recently launched a BA (Hons) Education degree, we’ve picked out six top reasons why studying this degree can put you on a rewarding career path.
Studying education doesn’t mean staying in a classroom in a school all your life. You get to learn about education in a vast range of different settings. Yes, you will do plenty of classroom-based work and you may find that is exactly where you want to be. But you will also have the opportunity to learn about further education, higher education, social services and local and national government.
You’ll also get to study psychology, philosophy, history and social sciences in an education context. Suffice to say, you’ll never be bored because there is always something new and different to learn!
2. Work Placements
In years two and three of your study you’ll get to practise what you have a learned in real life settings. Such work placements give you valuable experience which can help you decide which area of education you would ultimately like to work in.
You could find yourself working in a primary school, as part of a special educational needs team or within an education charity. You might find a placement with a local authority, a charity or business.
If you’re serious about following a career in education, then Swansea can give you plenty of help to take your first steps into the world of work. Swansea Employability Academy helps with all aspects of career development, supplementing the degree with career planning support and the chance to take part in an award to accredit your work experience.
3. Outstanding Teaching
The sense of fulfilment lecturers get knowing their students have passed their exams, achieved their goals and gone on to make a difference in education is really important. Because lecturers are so passionate about what they do, it means they are enthusiastic about passing on their knowledge to future educators as well which all adds up to you getting a very positive learning experience.
Swansea University won the 2016 WhatUni award for Best Courses and Lecturers.
The education degree is taught by leading academics using the latest research and teaching techniques. You also get to enjoy a variety of teaching methods such as seminars, lecture, collaborative groups, e-learning and field visits to educational settings.
All this helps you develop your own passion for education, leading to exciting and varied career opportunities.
4. Teaching can help you travel
The idea of disappearing to a far-flung place may seem all too remote, particularly if you never had the chance of a gap year. But education opens up a world of possibilities for you. In Swansea, you have the option of studying towards the Cambridge English CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), at a substantially reduced cost, giving you the opportunity to work anywhere in the world!
5. Lots of career paths to take
Once you qualify there are so many things you can do. You can work in early years teaching, play therapy, education administration, community development work and education publishing.
Lots of graduates go on to work in other areas as well such as in education departments in museums, galleries, local and national government or in social services.
You can also opt for further study, training to work in primary or secondary schools or further education. Some students opt to follow a Master’s or a PhD in Education.
6. Help shape the future of education
Studying education can lead to roles where you end up working on education policy, new teaching techniques and changing syllabuses so you really can have a say on the future of education. You could even find yourself working in the Department for Education or on a government advisory body.
Or you could go into education research looking at how the quality of education can be improved and creating better learning outcomes for young people.
Visit the BA (Hons) Education page to apply for your place