Can you talk a little bit about yourself and your background?
Having completed my PGCE in 2012, I have since taught Drama in a range of secondary school settings, state, private and international. When applying for this course I was in a Head of Department role and decided to undertake further study to develop my understanding of education
What prompted you to pursue an online programme with University of Exeter? Specifically, why was online appealing to you
The online nature of the course appealed to me as it would enable me to study around my work commitments. As the programme was already established as an online course, I had confidence that the set-up was tried and tested! I felt that the modules offered were varied and enable me to pursue an area of education that I was interested in.
What has the experience been like? Was it what you thought it would be like and has it met your expectations?
The experience has quite honestly changed my life. I started the course thinking that I was going to choose the management route and that this would help with my progression within a school setting. Whilst studying I found that I was drawn to exploring welfare, inclusion, and additional learning needs and that this was an area I felt passionate about. This realisation prompted me to gain employment in a student support role in a higher education setting and instead choose the special educational needs pathway. I was able to directly link my dissertation topic to my job role and the result of this has been the implementation of a programme to better support students. Linking my study to my work has been a transformative experience and has benefited myself, the establishment I work in, and most importantly the students.
If you were giving someone who was considering an online course advice, what would it be?
Even though it is an online course, you very much feel part of a community. You can fit study around your lifestyle and the online platform is engaging and user friendly.
Would you recommend the Exeter programme and if so what aspects of the course do you find appealing?
I would advise anyone considering this course to do it. I have found the support from staff exceptional, and the learning experience has been above my expectations. The feedback on work submitted is extensive and personalised. Overall, I have had an excellent experience with Exeter University.