Joseph Molyneux

BA (Hons) Secondary Religious Education with QTS

Joseph Molyneux

“My brother and sister went to university in Liverpool and Manchester respectively and wish that they had come here instead.”

“Five years ago I would not have considered going to university. I had left school with GCSEs and was working. However, completing an access course in humanities persuaded me that a degree was possible.

I have always been interested in religion. It connects with everyone and we all have an opinion. Edge Hill University was the obvious place to study as it is near my home but is also nationally recognised for excellence in teaching.

The duration of the course, just three years to become a qualified RE teacher rather than four if I had gone elsewhere, really appealed as well. I have a young family, so getting my degree and a job as quickly as possible is important to me. For the same reason the really good pass rate and high employment rate for graduates were also big draws.

The flexibility of the course and the freedom you are allowed has come as a big surprise. I did not expect to be producing a statue for my first assignment, but then this course encourages you to think creatively. It has almost been an awakening for me. The tutors really cannot do enough for you and there is always a door open and a tutor available to chat.

I am one of the oldest on the course but everyone is really mature and we all get on well. The class is small so it is easy to get to know people and there is always opportunity for debate and involvement. The campus itself is great as well, self-contained and with excellent facilities. My brother and sister went to university in Liverpool and Manchester respectively and wish that they had come here instead. It was definitely the right choice.

My advice for new students? Don’t worry too much and remember to have fun.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for BA (Hons) Secondary Religious Education with QTS.