4 What should I study?
So far in this first week of Taking your first steps into higher education, the focus has been on why you might be thinking about HE and the range of places that now provide university level opportunities. These are aspects that you should explore in more detail for yourself.
The focus of Taking your first steps into higher education is to help you make a well-informed choice about what to study. To get you thinking about this, watch the introduction video again, but this time pay particular attention to the part that introduces Weeks 4 and 5. Then come back here and watch the following short videos which include the other two authors of this course: John Butcher and Laura Hills. These videos outline some of the key features of the broad subject areas.
A key aim of this course is to introduce the important differences, and to reflect on the overlaps, between learning in the arts, the social sciences and the sciences. So, this course will help you consider what fits best to your interests and aspirations.
Jonathan and John and Laura each outline what they see as the key features of the broad subject areas:
|John Butcher||Arts and humanities|
|Jonathan Hughes||Social sciences|
|Laura Hills||Science, technology and maths|
John, Jonathan and Laura talk about their subject areas in order to encourage you to see this as an area of study that you might be interested in. This means each subject area is presented really positively.
Once you have watched the video clips please do the following activity.
Activity 3 Which subject area?
This activity aims to get you thinking about what subjects you might prefer to study.
For each broad subject area note down one thing that you remember and if that thing is a ‘plus point’ as far as you are concerned.
For example you might write:
Arts: gives me a chance to understand my responses to works of art
- Which subject area most connected with your current interests?
- Which subject area tends to provide definite answers?
- Which subject area tends to raise questions you find most interesting?
- Is creativity important to you?
This activity has given you a very brief overview of the three broad subject areas. These overviews have been deliberately biased in order to stimulate their thinking. The rest of this course looks at each of the three broad areas in a little more detail and gives a range of opportunities to engage with the sort of study that you can expect to come across at university.