Jodie Brown

Early Childhood Studies and Education Studies

Jodie Brown

I enjoy being able to decide what I learn instead of having it chosen for me. If I had childcare commitments within a term I knew that I could work my timetable around them instead of having to arrange my childcare around my university commitments

I chose to combine Education and Early Childhood Studies as I didn't want to limit my options by solely undertaking a direct teaching degree. By combining, I had the option to either do a PGCE after my course or follow a different career path upon graduation.

I was attracted to the Brookes Education course because the modules looked very diverse and incorporated other interests of mine, such as sociology. This way I could study modules that interested me alongside others which I wanted to gain a greater understanding of.

I enjoy being able to decide what I learn instead of having it chosen for me. If I had childcare commitments within a term I knew that I could work my timetable around them instead of having to arrange my childcare around my university commitments.

Since beginning the course I have improved my writing skills and have learnt to be more open-minded and see both sides of the argument before I enter into one.

The Harcourt Hill Campus is fairly small so you get to know your surroundings early into your studies. Class sizes are manageable and getting to know your classmates is really easy. On my first day arriving at Brookes I was alone but, when I leave, I shall be leaving with some great friends who have been studying alongside me since day one. We have supported each other through group work, late deadlines and very late nights! Brookes has enriched my life in many ways.

I am considering applying for a PGCE, although I am still unsure. However, by studying education instead of a teaching degree, more doors are now open to me in the future.