Graduate Stories

Henry, BA (Hons) Childhood

I have really enjoyed the BA (Hons) Childhood programme and it has exceeded my expectations. I have found the content of the course very engaging and learning some of the theory has made me reflect and connect theory to practice from my previous experiences of working as a teaching assistant. I have followed the Education Pathway and have particularly enjoyed the Literacy and Language and Developing Practice GP1 modules. These have been particularly interactive and engaging.  

Before I started, I expected to be consistently writing essay whilst this does form a large part of the assessments there have been a range of different assessment methods including creative leaflets and presentations.  

The support I have received has been fantastic. All the lecturers are very friendly, approachable and are always willing to offer further support out of taught sessions. The academic skills advisors have been invaluable, they have guided me to develop my academic work. Their support has made me belief in my ability and as definitely made a positive impact on my results.  

In wider university life I have been a course rep for my cohort. Through this role I have been able to take feedback from my peers and have worked with the course team to make positive changes for all. Another opportunity has been becoming a Student Ambassador. I have support events and projects which has allowed me to meet students and staff across the university. Both opportunities have I have really enjoyed and found very rewarding.

Alisha, BA (Hons) Childhood

I have aspired to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. As someone with years of experience working with children and families in early years, I particularly enjoyed discovering alternative ways of helping children reach their full potential. I sought to acquire more knowledge and truly understand the complexity of modern society that families face to find ways to overcome these challenges. When looking at courses to reach my goal of becoming a teacher, I initially was going to enrol on the QTS; however, after attending the open day and examining the modules, I decided that BA (Hons) Childhood would be best suited to me. The course offers various modules covering the vast dimensions of childhood in all walks of life through multiple perspectives. After completing my first year, I discovered many opportunities and careers are available; therefore, having the freedom to choose modules or a specialised pathway allows me to get the most out of my university experience whilst working towards my future career. Going into my second year, I have chosen Children, Rights and Social Justice as my pathway.  

I look forward to gaining more insight into the diverse constructs of childhood and family law, including the opportunity of a practice module to gain practical experience in social pedagogical approaches. Being a mature student, I felt nervous about going back to education; regardless, the lecturers on the course are welcoming and friendly; they are highly supportive and create safe environments in lectures for learning and discussions. So far, my university experience has been very empowering, and I look forward to seeing what the next year of studies on this course brings. 

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