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  • About this subject
  • Is this the course for me?
  • Careers prospects
  • Studying Education Research
  • Where to study?
Education Research

Education research refers to the collation and collection of information required in order to make informed decisions about the structure of education; particularly within schools for the under 16s.

Currently, the government is set to make a lot of changes to the education system and as such pursuing a course of study within this particular field had never been more fascinating.

Is this the course for me?

Do you wish to pursue a career working in research? Is education a field of interest to you? Would you like the opportunity to make a change? If this is the case, then perhaps you ought to consider studying an education research course.

However, before you decide whether or not this is your perfect field of study, it is important that you consider your personal strengths and whether these adhere to the key skills required to be successful on the course. Those dealing with adult learners should have strong people skills as well as a talent for teaching in order to cope in a classroom environment.

Similarly, any teaching course will require students to gain some hands on experience within a classroom environment as well as being capable of conducting their own extra research. As such, the most successful candidates tend to be those who are not only hard working and enthusiastic, but are also capable of dealing with the more vocational aspect of the course content.

Careers prospects

There are a number of careers available to those with experience n the education and research industry. Many students who graduate with such qualifications do so with the intention of working on government funded organisations that take responsibility for sharing out educational resources and funding issues.

It is also possible for potential students to find work within the arts and culture sector dealing in media relations and to write funding bids. An understanding of educational research will not only include different techniques for learning but will also provide students with information on how to allocate resources efficiently in order to maximise their usefulness.

Many students pursuing this particular course of study also find themselves in other roles. The ability to think analytically and to research effectively is a useful skill to have in any working environment, but is particularly relevant to those seeking careers in PR, marketing, data analysis and statistics.

Studying Education Research

There are a number of different courses of study available to those wishing to pursue a career in educational research; some of these undergraduate and others post graduate. An undergraduate course will last a minimum of 3 years, and students taking this particular course will be expected to have a minimum of 3 A-levels as well previous experience within this particular field of study.

A post-graduate course will not last as long, however, students will be expected to have already received an honours degree (ideally a 2:1) before starting the course. Most post-graduate qualifications last a minimum of a year, but can last longer as there are options for part-time study. Similarly, there will also be a number of CDP courses available for those who are already working within the education sector.

If you're a foreign student, you may also be required to pass an IELTS test before the course commences in order demonstrate that there are no language barriers prohibiting students from accessing the course content.

Where to study?

The impact your location of study  will have upon your experience will be two-fold. Primarily it will impact upon the area you live, so make sure to attend University open days and investigate the local area. Will you be able to live in the local area and enjoy your time there? After all while the academic aspects of your study are important, it is also essential that you enjoy your time as a student on an emotional level.

However, for a vocational course such as educational research, the location can also have an impact upon your future prospects within the jobs market. You should try and find a location which will not only make you happy, but will provide you with as wide a range of experience as is possible both within and outside of the course. If you’re wanting to stay within the UK, you should also see if there are many job opportunities available within the area post-graduation.

Similarly, do you have the required grades and experience level to sit your particular course of choice? Do you have the right level of experience and can you afford the fees and the living costs of your particular course? Of course, there's always part-time work available, but it is important that this doesn't interfere with your studies. If you find that you are struggling financially, then there are a wide range of bursaries and scholarships available

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