Emma Dawkins

Early Childhood Studies

Emma Dawkins

Brookes staff were very supportive, offered helpful advice and were always happy to answer any questions throughout the course of my degree. My personal tutor was especially helpful when I came to choosing my programme of modules in my second and third years. Further advice was also given to me regarding future careers paths and postgraduate courses

I decided to study Early Childhood Studies with Education and Human Development as I have always been interested in the development of young children and I believed that a degree in this subject area would allow me to both broaden my understanding in this field and enable me to pursue a career in Early Years education.

I attended an open day at Harcourt Hill campus and, after meeting current students and the course leaders, I was sure that Oxford Brookes was the place I wanted to study. The course at Brookes offers a range of modules covering many topics which enabled me to design a programme which catered to my interests, such as placement opportunities, aspects of child development, outdoor learning and a dissertation on a topic of my choice. I was particularly attracted to the course because of its coursework-based assessment. I am dyslexic and find exams quite difficult.

During the course of my degree I learnt and improved on multiple skills which are now deemed essential in the workplace, these included academic writing, research, communication and presentation skills. Many modules involved working as part of a group, assisting in the development team work skills and meeting new people. The theory encountered on the course has also provided me with the necessary knowledge to develop and assist my personal practice when with young children.

For two years I worked as a 'Student Representative'. Student Representatives are a link between the students, tutors, school boards and wider university. This was a valuable experience for me as it allowed me to acquire a wider understanding of the university and made me feel that my experiences and input could lead to improvements for future students.

Brookes staff were very supportive, offered helpful advice and were always happy to answer any questions throughout the course of my degree. My personal tutor was especially helpful when I came to choosing my programme of modules in my second and third years. Further advice was also given to me regarding future careers paths and postgraduate courses.

I am currently studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Early Years at Oxford Brookes University and I am on the full training pathway for the Early Years Professional Course. In the future I hope to work with young children and their families in a Children's Centre or to further my studies and complete a PGCE in Early Years to become a teacher.