I now realise that my skills had lain dormant for too long, with my time at Edge Hill proving to me that I can work to a very high standard and push myself to meet deadlines.

“When I left school I wasn’t inspired to pursue further studies. I gained employment in the prison service but after a number of years became disheartened by the number of young offenders who returned to custody time and time again, until they eventually moved with ease through to the adult prison population.

Around this time I also began working with some challenging students at a local high school and ran some youth work sessions in the evenings. All this combined to spark my interest in learning more about the issues and factors that can affect children and their families, so, after the completion of an access course, I joined the BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies degree at Edge Hill University.

As part of the degree you undertake group projects which are great preparation for working in this field. They enable you to develop skills that prepare you to work with others, becoming aware of group dynamics and how to keep an open mind whilst completing the task in hand. Since progressing through these projects it has become apparent how all the modules link and inter-connect, enabling you to take an in-depth look at the whole picture.

Although all the modules were interesting, the Social Policy and the Making of the Modern World modules in the first year were particularly thought provoking, whilst the Equality and Practice modules in the second year brought home some of the inequality issues that blight our society. The Youth Studies in Context and Representations of Childhood and Youth modules were thoroughly informative too.

I now realise that my skills had lain dormant for too long, with my time at Edge Hill proving to me that I can work to a very high standard and push myself to meet deadlines. As a result my confidence has grown so much, along with my thirst for knowledge. I now believe that I can achieve a first class degree, something I once thought was beyond my grasp.

Also, as a wife and mother of two young children, I could not have progressed so far without the help and support of my family, which has been invaluable.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies.