Changing Education: A Pathway to Further Study
Changing Education is a short course, designed primarily to help mature students from the local area progress to further study, such as a degree in the School of Education.
The course will run on fourteen Tuesday evenings (6pm to 9pm), starting on Tuesday 30 April 2019, with breaks for half-term. You do not need to have any prior qualifications to apply. The most important thing is to explain in your personal statement (in the Changing Education application pack 2018/19 (Office document, 647kB) why you would like to study on the course.
The course will be led by Lucy Wenham, with contributions from a range of subject experts and advice and support on applying for further study at Bristol or elsewhere.
The deadline for applications for the course is Friday 15 March 2019. Interviews will be held in early April 2019.
Is it for me?
Did you enjoy your own time at school? Why was that? Do aspects of the education system excite or frustrate you? Share your ideas and participate in classroom debates on education, explore why the system is the way it is - the politics and history that got us to where we are - and consider how it could be different, while developing your skills in forming an argument.
This course aims to be a lively, positive and confidence-building experience for anyone over 18 returning to study. A particular welcome is extended to those who didn’t much enjoy their own schooling at the time! The course will draw on participants' and tutors' experiences, social and conventional media, research projects and other sources, to inform our debate and discussions in class. It offers the opportunity to progress to an undergraduate degree or other further study.
What’s it all about?
This course is for anyone interested in making sense of the cluttered, complex education system in England today and considering how things could be different. It will be a thought-provoking course, raising questions about a wide range of topics - from middle-class advantage and schools covertly selecting or side-lining pupils; through student disengagement, teacher stereotyping and educational inequalities; to considering what the purpose of education is and what it could be. You will be introduced to some key educational theories and philosophies to help to make sense of all this.
The course will draw on participants' and tutors' experiences, blogs and the media, research projects and other sources, to inform our debate and discussions in class. There will also be opportunities to develop your study skills – including note-taking, forming a reasoned argument, participating in discussion and essay-writing skills.
How to apply
The Changing Education application pack contains all the information you need in order to apply. Complete and sign the Changing Education application pack 2018/19 (Office document, 647kB), and post it back to the address printed at the end or send it to us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the contents of the pack or about applying, please get in touch with us on the same email address.
What happens next?
There may be various routes into further study beyond this course and we will offer advice and support on the options. Two options at Bristol University may be especially relevant:
- If you feel confident about starting a degree straight away, you can apply for an undergraduate degree in School of Education, in Education Studies or Psychology in Education. Please note that some degree programmes may require GCSE grades in relevant subject/s e.g. Maths.
- If you feel like you need a bit more preparation before starting an undergraduate degree, you can apply for the Foundation Year in Arts and Humanities, a way into university for people without formal qualifications. The University is currently exploring options to create routes into degrees in Social Sciences and Law from this programme from 2019. http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/courses/foundation/
The course tutor and course director will advise you on your options, and support your application to any of these programmes. You can find out more about mature students at Bristol University here.
The course will encourage you to develop skills in:
- Reading a range of sources. We’ll be looking at lots of different types of sources which help shed light on educational issues.
- Discussion: There will be an emphasis on class discussion and debate as well as on critical analysis of the sources. This is a great way to improve confidence and to start thinking about what you are reading. This leads towards…
- Essay writing: we will focus on extended writing, moving towards structuring essays: so don’t panic if you haven’t written one before or if you are out of practice!
How much does it cost?
The enrolment fee for this course is £350. We have a number of bursaries available to help students who may be unable to pay the course fee in full. If you apply for a bursary, you will be asked to complete a short form which will be assessed by the Student Funding Office.