To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:
There isn’t necessarily one text book that we’d recommend you invest in, at this time, simply because text books are a very personal choice. We instead recommend when you first access the library services at Edge Hill, that you look at some of the programme core texts, and from these, decide which of the books suits your learning style best. Then you might decide if you want to purchase a core text, or simply utilise our well stocked library of resources.
A book on general child development will prove particularly useful for your studies and potential careers
Short online courses
If you really can’t wait for your learning to start you might want to engage with some of the Governments free training courses. The ones most suited to your course include:
Please access and save the following reports from the internet
- Children’s Society Good Childhood Report
- Children’s Commissioner Mental Health Briefing
- Crisis Care Investing in Children’s Mental Health
- Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision
- Government Response to the Consultation on Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper and Next Steps
Things to do over summer
In preparation for commencing your course, we’d like you to keep an eye out in the media, what kind of stories and/or reports have been published about Children, Young People and Mental Health.
Compare stories from newspapers such as the Daily Mail, to the Guardian. How is Child and Adolescent Mental Health represented? Keep an eye on the BBC news, what themes are we seeing in reports around child and adolescent mental health. Also, are we seeing any representations of child mental health on TV? Is this positively presented, or negatively? Keep notes, and/or a selection of articles (these can be electronic copies) for reference. We’ll refer to these as we begin our first module on mental health. Also think about how COVID-19 might begin to impact on current and future children’s mental health.
We’d also like you to think about how you look after your own mental health and resilience. Try to build a resilience/ mental health toolkit that you can share with others when you start your studies.
Finally, we’d recommend everyone signs up to the CASPAR weekly email alerts. This is a weekly information email received on a Monday, compiled by the NSPCC. In this you’ll find a wide range of resources available that will have direct relevance to your upcoming course and will help when you begin your studies to have a contemporary awareness of currently issues and updates in the Child Health arena. Follow this link to sign up on their website.
Most importantly however, have a fantastic summer, ready for your arrival in September.
Additional ways to prepare
Join our virtual session: Preparing to start with Edge Hill, Wednesday 10 August, 4pm – 5pm.
This session examines how to make a successful transition to University study, from planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you as a prospective student before you start in September and what to expect as well as what to get involved in during your first week.Use this link to join the session
University can be one of the most exciting and amazing experiences, and can offer the chance to learn, meet new people, gain independence and find out more about who you are.
We want to make sure you get the most out of your university experience! The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.