“The attachment to a primary school has been my favourite aspect, while being a classroom practitioner has really motivated me.

“I must admit that Edge Hill University was just another UCAS option for me at first, but that changed when I came to the Open Day. I loved it here. The campus is beautiful with really convenient facilities and it’s just ten minutes into town. The student support services available also convinced me that this was the place to come.

My course also played a big part in my decision and has more than exceeded my expectations. It’s a great mix of theory and practice and has really helped my understanding of how children learn. The attachment to a primary school has been my favourite aspect, while being a classroom practitioner has really motivated me. You develop a strong sense of responsibility for the children, so much so that I’m going back to the school outside term time.

In the classroom the mental health first aid training has given me a massive confidence boost. I’ve a fresh perspective on interacting with children with special needs, including what they are experiencing, how they learn and what they have to come in life. Several of my friends are doing education degrees and have done nothing like this. The multi-agency module, which involves experts from outside the teaching profession, has also been excellent. It’s opened my eyes to possible careers in charities, health and youth offending – basically anywhere with young people.

The support services that I saw on my Open Day visit have been invaluable. They have covered everything from advice on referencing my coursework to careers talks, as well as help in finding accommodation. I was struggling academically last year but my tutor was really supportive; the course staff are more like friends than teachers. You definitely won’t find this level of care anywhere else.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for BA (Hons) Children and Young People’s Learning and Development.