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Introduction 3 The Students Union

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The Alternative Prospectus Methodolgy

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Accommodation 6 Ormskirk 7 University facilities

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Sports at Edge Hill

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Societies 10 Events 11 More information

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Faculty of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate courses

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Accountancy (BSc Hons) Advertising (BA Hons) Biology (BSc Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies (BA Hons) Chinese Studies and Business (BA Hons) Computing (BSc Hons) Creative Writing and English (BA Hons) Creative Writing and Film Studies (BA Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice (BA Hons) Criminology and Sociology Joint Honours (BA Hons) Dance (BA Hons) Drama & Media (BA Hons) Drama (BA Hons) English (BA Hons) English Language (BA Hons) English Literature (BA Hons) Film & Television Production (BA Hons) Geography (BA Hons) History (BA Hons) Human Geography (BA Hons) Law (LLB Hons) Law with Criminology (LLB Hons) Law with Management (LLB Hons) Marketing (BSc Hons) Media (BA Hons) Media, Film and Television (BA Hons) Music and Sound with Drama (BA Hons) Physical Education and School Sport (BA Hons) Physical Geography and Geology (BSc Hons) Psychology (BSc Hons) Public Relations (BA Hons) Sociology (BA Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (BSc Hons) Sports Development (BA Hons)

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Faculty of Health Undergraduate courses Adult Nursing (BSc Hons) Children’s Nursing (BSc Hons) Health & Social Wellbeing (BA Hons) Integrated Children & Young Person’s Practice (BSc) Integrated Practice (FD) Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work (BSc Hons) Midwifery (BSc Hons) Nutrition and Health (BSc Hons) Paramedic Practice (DipHE)

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to e r m e , o c l t ev tus e w rs ec for fi d p an ill’s ros nts llo e H e P ude e H dg ativ st ts! E rn by en te ten tud l A it s r w We’re incredibly happy that you’re reading this document and that you’re considering coming to Edge Hill University. We have all loved our time at Edge Hill over the past few years and would recommend it to most people. Edge Hill is a warm and friendly University in the North West of England with a beautiful and modern campus and will be sure to make you feel at home, even if you’re just visiting for an Open Day.

This document has been written entirely by students. Everything comes from the fingertips of current students to the eyes of you the reader. It means that prospective students get a real understanding of what it is to study at Edge Hill University, both the good and the notso-good. If you want to compare it to anything, it is like the “user reviews” section of an online shop (for example Amazon) compared to the “Manufacturer’s Description” that is the University’s proper prospectus and website. However we must be quick to point out that the Alternative Prospectus is NOT designed to replace the University’s prospectus. This is an UNOFFICIAL document and if you want to apply to Edge Hill you need to read the University’s proper prospectus http:// www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/requestprospectus

Have a look at the contents page, but generally the Alternative Prospectus tries to inform you about the university and local area in general, but then goes into specifics of most courses offered at Edge Hill. Here you will find a testimonial of a student on the course in question, which includes both positives and negatives about the course in the opinion of that student. On every page you will see the name, hometown and picture of the student who wrote that page, so you know it’s genuine and you can say “hi” to them when you get here! We really hope you enjoy reading the Alternative Prospectus and it helps you to choose your university course. Best wishes, Dean, Pete, Billy and Colin The 2010/11 Sabbatical Officers of the Students’ Union

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So what is an Alternative Prospectus? And why write it anyway?

So what is in the Alternative Prospectus?

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Throughout your time at Edge Hill the Students’ Union is the voice of students It is here to ensure you have a great time and to help you get the support you need to succeed at University. Every student is automatically a member of the Students’ Union. This means the Students’ Union belongs to you: if it’s not doing what you want it to, you have the power to change it. Students are at the heart of our decision making process and we work on what students want to see improved in any aspect of their University experience. Every year students elect four Sabbatical Officers who are responsible for the work and direction of the Union on behalf of all Edge Hill students. It is their responsibility to ensure that the Union and University make the best possible decisions for Edge Hill students. They work alongside a full time staff team who help them to achieve their aims.

We are also here to entertain you! We run your Freshers’ Week in September and put on a whole host of events to help you settle into University life. We also run the clubs and societies; a great way for you to do something different and meet new people. And since we are a charity any money we make goes straight back into the Union to help improve our services to you. There are tons of ways to get involved in the Union from joining a club or society, helping to run a society, becoming a Course Rep (and represent the views of students on your course, or helping to write a page of the Alternative Prospectus!) You could even run for a position on our Student Council or be a Trustee of your Union! Who knows, you could end up being President… Sean Parry Union Council Chair Accounting, 2nd year

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How was this Alternative Prospectus put together? This prospectus was written entirely by students – but how did we manage this? Basically we used student leaders from across the University. We used Course Representatives (or “Reps” for short), members of the Student Council and the Students’ Union Sabbatical Officers as authors. What are Course Reps?

What was the process?

Informed University that this was going ahead – December 2010 Coordinated Course Rep and Student Council contributions – January to March 2011

Every year of every course at Edge Hill University has a Course Representative (or “Rep” for short). It is the Rep’s job to listen to student opinions on how the course is running and feed that back to staff. Reps are elected by the students on their course every year and attend meetings with staff to have the opinions of students heard. Course Reps wrote the main bulk of the prospectus – the courses.

Minor edits made to student contributions to ensure clarity – March 2011

What is the Student Council?

Received feedback from lecturers, and sent to senior members of staff in the University – March 2011

The Student Council is the Students’ Union’s equivalent of the House of Commons and is the “sovereign body” of the Union. It is where the direction of the Union is discussed and decided and where you can turn student issues into action! There are 12 Student Council positions available, including everything from Chair of Student Council to Entertainments Officer. Members of the Student Council wrote the introductory sections on the University as a whole.

Sent to members of university staff to ask for any comments on what had been written by Course Reps, including factual errors – March 2011

Sent to designer – April 2011 Published – May 2011

What are Sabbatical Officers?

The Sabbatical Officers are students who are elected every year to lead the Students’ Union. It is their responsibility to ensure that the Union and University make the best possible decisions for Edge Hill students. They work alongside a full time staff team who help them to achieve their aims. Dean Currall SU President, 2010/11

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Edge Hill University accommodates approximately 1000 students in one of five different types of accommodation on campus… About 700 rooms are self-catered, with around 300 catered and around half of all rooms have en-suite facilities. There’s two different types of contract: a 38 week contract, running from September to June, and a 40 week contract, running from September to July. Prices for academic year 2011/12 range from £56 to £97 per week depending on the hall of residence you choose. A 5% discount if available if you pay for the whole fixed term in full on or before ‘Welcome Sunday’ when you’ll move in. And (unless you’re in Founders or Graduates Court) if you want a TV you’ll need to bring one, and also get a TV license. CONFUSED!??? Yeah, we thought so! So here’s the Alternative Prospectus guide to University accommodation at Edge Hill… First things first:

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the common things between all the Halls. They’re all a great place to meet friends in first year- some of these people could be your friends for life! There’s always loads of things to do in Halls and, because all the halls are campus based, most things are in easy reach, from shops/ the bar to the Library and lectures/lecturers! Being on campus also means that the Halls are reasonably safe and secure, although you still need to be careful and vigilant as usual.

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The biggest difference is whether you choose self-catered or catered. If you’re catered you’ll get a card that you can use anywhere on campus to get your food, if you choose self-catered it will probably be cheaper, and you’ll share a

kitchen with other students and have to make your own food (obviously). The other main differences are whether you get an en-suite room or you share with other students, and also how new your halls are. How are Halls allocated?

Priority is given to those from further away or those with disabilities. However the University can’t guarantee accommodation for all first years or all students who live further away. So it’s therefore on a first-come-first-served basis (so get your application form in quick! Register on the Hi website: http://hi.edgehill.ac.uk and then submit your accommodation form as soon as you can!) If you don’t get your first choice of Halls you may be given an alternative, but this may be a completely different type of room (e.g. catered when you asked for self-catered). You need to think about whether you want to take the University up on this offersome students will move on from their hall, giving you a space, but, again, this can’t be guaranteed… The University will provide assistance for those students who don’t get on-campus accommodation to get it in Ormskirk. However this is difficult as the University currently doesn’t give details of “recommended” landlords (just gives you a list) and it’s down to you to organise it before the start of the year. The Accommodation Team will be on hand to advise you at any point. And even if you don’t get on-campus accommodation there’s still all the opportunities to make loads of friends off campus as well (see the section on “Ormskirk” for more.) Joshua Edmonds

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A lot of students choose to live in or around Ormskirk in the second and third years of their undergraduate degree, and some do so in their first year at University as well. There are a good amount of decent landlords and student houses in Ormskirk and we recommend students use the University’s Accommodation Team list of landlords, despite the fact that this does not list “recommended” landlords, just lists all landlords available.

Ormskirk is a friendly market town approximately 13 miles north of Liverpool city centre, set in the beautiful Lancashire countryside. Edge Hill is a ten minute walk outside of Ormskirk town centre on St Helens Road, or is just a two minute ride on the free and frequent University Bus.

Katie Woosey Joint Honours Drama and English student Ormskirk Residents’ Officer. From Merseyside

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In many ways Ormskirk is an ordinary market town – it has all the local amenities you might expect, from supermarkets to local shops to pubs to bars to nightclubs to restaurants and as many hairdressers as you can shake a stick at. But Ormskirk also has a large market twice a week (Thursdays and Saturdays) and is surrounded by beautiful countryside (including the Martin Mere bird sanctuary) and local tourist attractions such as Parbold Hill.

Living in Ormskirk can be a great way to make fantastic student friends whilst also being a part of a local community. There’s no doubt that it is different from living in Halls, but there’s a reason why most second and third year students choose to live away from Halls – there’s more independence, it’s cheaper, and you’re actually living right next to all the things you need.

Ormskirk also has very good transport links across the North West, with Liverpool city centre a half hour train ride away (trains every 15 minutes), trains to Preston every hour and reasonably easy access to towns and cities further afield, such as Manchester and Chester. Buses to the local seaside resort of Southport are frequent if you want a good day out.

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The University has loads of facilities either to help you as a student or to make your life more enjoyable at Edge Hill… The Student Information Centre (commonly called the “SIC”) is where all the University’s student support have their offices… If you ever have a query about something and are not quite sure where to go, I always find the main reception desk in the SIC to be a good place to start! The SIC is based next to the main building in between the performing arts building and the Library. The building houses a great deal of services for students ranging from accommodation and finance, to academic registry. All of these departments have students’ best interests at heart, and they do a pretty damn good job!

students. The Rose theatre puts on numerous performances throughout the year, from drama to literature, standup comedy, dance, physical theatre, comedy, music and theatre for children and families. And with the Short Cuts Cinema you can always catch up with the latest movie offerings. The Learning Innovation Centre (LINC) is just on the left as you walk towards the Faculty of Health building. It has loads of computers, a brand new High Definition TV studio, editing facilities and multimedia production facilities. The building has 24/7 access (just swipe your student ID card), which makes it the ideal place on campus for finishing off those next day assignments through the night if you need to! It is absolutely key ) to all the media students but is a major C N resource for all students. You can also (LI re t n borrow all sorts of equipment from the LINC, Ce n including digital cameras, Dictaphones, laptops o ti va o and more. n

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One of the departments in the SIC is the Employability department, which is obviously something that many of you will be interested in when you’re choosing to come to University! So you’ll be happy to hear that Edge Hill has some excellent results in this area… the latest results produced by the Higher Education Statistics Agency place Edge Hill as second placed in England for graduate employment in 2009, beaten only by the University of Surrey. And the one key thing to remember after your few years studying at University level is the question: “will I get a job after this?” If you’re looking at Edge Hill, the figures suggest you might! Drama/ Dance/ Performance students will be particularly interested in the Rose Theatre, as will many other

The Library building combines a library with IT and study support facilities, with access to thousands of books, journals, and online resources. The building also provides more than 160 work stations and 500 study spaces which include bookable rooms and a social learning space on the bottom floor. Opening times vary throughout the year, with extended access available during key assessment periods. Overall the University’s academic facilities are very good and it’s great to see the University are listening to what students’ want- such as increasing opening hours of the Library and LINC buildings in recent years. Miranda Mort 2nd year Accountancy Student Faculty of Arts and Sciences student representative

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Team Edge Hill There are around 40 teams in 16 sports for students who want to compete against other universities with “Team Edge Hill”. In addition to this over 40 students last year represented the University as individuals. We also have close links with other facilities off-campus, for example Ormskirk Rugby Club. Team Edge Hill has had some great successes in the past couple of years. Edge Hill performs well in Rugby League with our 1st team qualifying for the Super 8 and then finishing 3rd in the league and 3rd in the championships in 2010. For the first time we also had a team entrance for Futsal who went on to reach the quarter finals of the championship, only to get knocked out of the competition by the eventual champions.

This year we have ten teams in a position to be promoted up a league in their various sports, which is a record for Team Edge Hill, and goes to show how far sport has come at Edge Hill since Team Edge Hill started 18 months ago. At the end of each year we hold a sport Awards to recognise the achievements of our students through sport for both Team Edge Hill and our Intramural league. This is a great change for students to get together and celebrate all they have achieved in the past year. Gareth Dowling 2nd year Journalism student

In 2010 we also finished with a National BUCS Champion and England Student Nationals Silver medallist in Boxing.

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6 lane running track with a Rugby League pitch in the centre 1 grass football pitch 1 Rugby Union/ Football pitch 2 gymnasiums with sprung floors 4 court sports hall Small fitness suite 1 squash court 18 metre swimming pool Flood lit hockey astro pitch 5-a-side astro pitch

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Being part of a university society is definitely one of the best ways to meet likeminded people and have great ‘could only happen at university’ experiences Societies are basically groups of students who get together to share a common interest. Societies at Edge Hill have grown considerably in the last 12 months, with the additions of popular activities such as cheerleading, “philosotea” (philosophy with tea!), Street Dance and the first Edge Hill Choir taking the total number of societies to fifteen. Edge Hill Outdoor Club, which only started three years ago, are now 4th in the GB Raft Series for White-water Rafting. What started as a group of friends is now a society with over 50 members. From murder mystery nights run by the Christian Union, though to weekly climbs organised by the Outdoor Club, throw in some street dance, a bit of Table Top gaming and a cup or tea or two with the philosotea society followed by being thrown around by the cheerleaders, Societies make sure that there’s always something going on at Edge Hill.

And if there isn’t something you’re interested in, starting a society at Edge Hill couldn’t be easier. Simply find ten people who are also interested, call into the Students’ Union, fill in a little form and then get going! This means that the Students’ Union will help with funding- in the past this has meant anything from trips to London, costumes for a drama show, 200 plastic ducks and a tea urn, to name but a few! The best time to join a society is during the Sports and Societies Fair during Freshers Week- every single society should be there. It only costs £3 to get a societies membership and then you can join as many societies as you wish. Some societies charge a little more to be involved due to the additional costs involved but others are like philosotea and only expect you to bring a mug and maybe some biscuits to share! Ian Hodson Societies Officer IT Management in Business, 2nd year.

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As well as the club nights in the past few years there have also been pub quizzes, live music nights and “Edge Factor” (geddit?) competitions which have always gone down well with Edge Hill students. During Freshers a Family Fun Day is always planned to give students with children the opportunity to show off the place they are going to be studying at. Throughout the year there are also charity events for Children in Need and Comic Relief which students are encouraged to get involved in and help raise money.

Freshers Week in September is the highlight of the Students’ Union events calendar, and 2010 saw the biggest range of events, from live music, film nights, comedy, rockaoke, pirate party and a silent disco. Not forgetting the biggest night of Freshers is now legendary ‘Liverpool Takeover’ where all Edge Hill students come together in one of Liverpool’s best nightclubs to party together until the early hours! Following Freshers week the Students’ Union runs a weekly club night off campus, this year with Elements in Wigan being the chosen nightclub. Each Monday the club host different events with party games, dressing up themes and prizes to be won. Transport is included in the £6 ticket price and after a night in the club everyone gets free toast to munch on the journey home.

As well as weekly events there are also major events which populate the Students’ Union annual calendar. The Sports Awards are hosted every year to celebrate and congratulate teams and individuals who have performed well over the previous 12 months. The Graduation Ball is also hosted by the Student’s Union and gives graduating students the opportunity to celebrate their time at Edge Hill, with a three course meal and some great entertainment. The event is always held locally and has in the past been at the world-famous Aintree Racecourse, DW Stadium in Wigan and most recently the Floral Hall in Southport. Kate Jackson Events and Entertainments Officer 2011-12

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I want more information about my course! We all know that choosing a course and a university is a minefield for most prospective students – so where can you go to get some more information about your course or Edge Hill University? Hopefully this will help:

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The Edge Hill University website and prospectus. This is the official prospectus for Edge Hill and if you are thinking of applying you should read all the information about your course here first…

If you want to order a prospectus (for free), click here: http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/requestprospectus If you want to see all the courses available at Edge Hill, click here: http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/courses/a-z You should also check out the ‘Think Edge Hill’ Website at: https://think.edgehill.ac.uk/portal/login.html

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Unistats has official data on all the Universities and courses in the country. You can find data on National Student Survey results, employability statistics, student statistics and much more. However a problem with Unistats is that sometimes data is unavailable or isn’t specific to the course you are researching (there’s numerous reasons for this). But you can use it to get a better understanding of your course and what you may expect to see when you arrive at Edge Hill. http://unistats.direct.gov.uk

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The Student Room is an incredibly active online community of prospective and current university students with some good advice about UCAS applications, personal statements choosing a University, and even things like attending Open Days. It’s unofficial, and some of the information on there does seem to be rather irrelevant, but generally it’s a good resource. You can also meet students on there who are facing the same worries/concerns as you are. http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk

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What Uni is a resource where current write reviews (both good and bad) about the majority of Universities in the country, including Edge Hill. So it’s a bit like this Alternative Prospectus, just asks different questions. And we like to think the student comments are in a bit more detail in the Alternative Prospectus! www.whatuni.com

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What’s special about your course? It is a relatively new course with the first ever year students graduating last year. The course is different from other Universities in the fact that it isn’t only accounting modules we study, we get a background in business, economics and business law. This gives you a better understanding of the historical background to businesses and also a good insight in how they work. It provides you the basis and knowledge to do well in whatever field of study in your accountancy module you chose to specialise in, whether it be taxation, auditing or business law. You can also gain exemptions from some of your professional exams with the completion of your degree

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? I was worried about being so far away from home, and what if University wasn’t for me. But I fell in love with the place and soon settled in. Everyone is in the same situation as you. The campus has a relaxed atmosphere (with the lake and the ducks!) and the surrounding area is amazing. Ormskirk has a very relaxed nature to it.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? The course can be the most exciting and enjoyable process, as long as you’re truly passionate about it - you’ll work in groups, as a creative, a producer, an academic. As for Edge Hill, well, Edge Hill is two things - a haven for ducks in the humble town that is Ormskirk, and also well located between Liverpool and Preston.

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What is your name? Marvin Luu Where are you from? Luton What year are you in? 3rd year Full-time or a part-time? Full-time

What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think about your course? When I first came here, my brother joked about Edge Hill being Hogwarts, and to an extent it’s true (not in the sense that there are courses about Wizardry)… Few people have heard of Ormskirk, let alone the university. But once they see the place there are a few oohs and ahhs - it is a scenic place afterall.

Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? If you’re enrolling onto the course, expect that the core theory modules are not completely Advertising based (it’s a Media course, after all). Be prepared to have to apply what you learn to your practice. Any Photoshop/art experience will be your rubber dingy in this sea of education...

Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? Between all the crying over not being in University anymore, I hope that with relentless persistence I can get a job in any Advertising firm or Media company. We have a module dedicated to preparing us for the real world by creating business cards, mock interviews, and compiling the l last 3 years worth of work oo rc e into a neat portfolio. p su re a s rer tu c Le

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? The biology course at Edge Hill is a very practical-based course. There’s a lot of field work in the first year, and you often go out into the local area to study ecosystems. It’s fun, but it can sometimes get annoying when it’s cold and you still have to go out. Edge Hill was actually my clearance choice, but I feel lucky to have ended up at such a good Uni. The campus is really nice, and all the people I’ve met have been really friendly.

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Amanda: I chose Childhood and Youth Studies because it relevant to the career path I wanted to follow. I picked the course rather than the Uni because I came through clearing. What’s special about your course? Eleanor: I think the special thing about my department is that I can meet up with my personal tutor whenever I need any help. Amanda: This is a very unique course bringing different disciplines together in the study of childhood. The course is amazing and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

Amanda: Teaching is amazing, the first assessment is always hard compared to sixth form work but once you get used to them its alright.

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Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? Eleanor: With the course you could go on to do teacher training, work for a charity etc.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? In this course you learn about the culture of modern China and its main language, furthermore as it is combined with business it prepares you for the new job market China’s rise will create.

Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? I was worried about the difficulty of learning a language completely different to English. But with a bit of work I realised that it was actually quite enjoyable.

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What is the teaching and assessment like? The teaching is separated into big lectures where the theory is given and seminars where the tutors go into more detail and student participation is encouraged. For both the Chinese and business the assessment is a mixture of essays and exams although in Chinese there is also oral exams.

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What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think about your course? To tell the truth most people don’t really What year are you in? understand what learning Chinese involves and think it’s like learning any other language. Full-time or a part-time? Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? This course is very useful especially Approximate number of with China’s economy getting larger very quickly. It may help to guarantee a students on your managerial position in a company doing course? business with China or working for a Chinese company. But you may find a job which has nothing to do with China as it is still a business degree.

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What’s special about your course? It is taught by a native Chinese speaker and expert in linguistics. Also to my knowledge it is one of the only courses at Edge Hill which offers a sandwich year (a year away in the middle of your studies), and in this case it is of course China.

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What is the teaching and assessment like? We have a complete mix of seminars and lectures. Lectures are taught in the Business School and seminars in the CMIST building where we are split into 4 groups. Seminars are usually PowerPoint presentations followed by worksheets or assignment work. Lectures are always PowerPoint slideshows. Assessments are mainly coursework with the odd exam at the end of the year.

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? Yes, being a mature student I was worried that I would not make friends easily which proved to be unfounded. I also worried about my ability to reach the required standard- it has been hard work but I have found the course tutors enormously helpful which has enabled me to do well. I would have liked to have received a reading list before the course started, although I may have missed that as I got my place through clearance.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? I chose to study creative writing because I have always loved to write and would like to make a career of it. I chose English as a complement to creative writing as I felt it would improve my understanding of literature and language which would have a positive impact on my writing.

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which will prove to be useful in many career choices. Edge Hill provides great support and surroundings which help to optimize a student’s learning ability. Overall, the course is thoughtprovoking, challenging and rewarding; and Edge Hill University provides a great base for learning and socializing too.

Chelsea: It is a greatly enriching course that challenges your creativity and opens up a whole new world of film theory, appreciation and enjoyment!

in right away. Everything was made quite clear before I came to Edge Hill, so nothing came as a surprise to me, meaning everything was as good as I expected it to be.

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What is your name? Jonathan R.R. Clarke; Chelsea Bassnett Where are you from?

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What is the teaching and assessment like? Jonathan: The teaching is very thorough and communicates all of the important information required. Assessments are marked in detail, giving more than adequate feedback which ensures you can improve your marks next time.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? I am interested in the study of criminology and thought the subject could help me with further career opportunities. I chose Edge Hill mainly because I attended a Fasttrack scheme here so I could prepare myself for University study. Edge Hill was the only University I could find that ran a Fasttrack scheme that supported me and enabled me to come to Uni and I’m really grateful to them for that…

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What’s special about your course? I enjoy the different aspects of criminology that are taught and how the material we are taught can be seen throughout society and the media.

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What’s special about your course? The Joint Honours degree in Sociology and Criminology gives you two disciplines and gives both a general out look on society and an in depth knowledge of aspects within society. Studying this subject at University is like nothing I have encountered before. You’re taught to question everything you see and be critical. It’s great! Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? One of the main things I was bothered about was would I be good enough to meet the University standard. I had passed Sociology at A Level with only a C and what scared me the most was that I would not meet the expected grades. However, due to the excellent staff and student support I conquered this fear and am now aiming for a 1st in both disciplines of my course.

What is the teaching and assessment like? Teaching as you would expect varies with the different lecturers that you have for instance Lecturer X may have been better at explaining something than Lecturer Y. However this does not mean that you can’t ask lecturers for an in depth answer in Seminars. Assessment is varied from

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What is your name? James Candlish Where are you from? Birkenhead, over the water from Liverpool What year are you in? 1st year

Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? Because it’s a broad subject it can be applied to nearly any job involving people. More specific careers can include the Police, Social Work or Prison work.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? The course allows me to explore my interests in much more detail. The Ormskirk campus has good transport links to Liverpool and Manchester that allows me to see performances regularly. The tutors are passionate about the course and have strong links to outside companies who often come to Edge Hill to perform.

What’s special about your course? The course offers a variety of modules to give you a sense of the different ways in which dance is used, for example in teaching, dance writing and choreography. This is unlike any other course I have seen.

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the modules covered a wide range of different aspects involved in drama. I particularly wanted some practical experience and I have had many opportunities to do this at Edge Hill. I chose Edge Hill not just because of its beautiful campus, but also because of how welcome I felt when I visited.

What’s special about your course? I think my course is a great place in which you can meet so many new and interesting people. There are so many opportunities to make new friends and learn new things. It has hugely helped my confidence to grow while learning a wide range of new skills.

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? I was worried about living away from home, but after being here just one week I had made friends and knew people on my course and I felt that I didn’t have time to miss home because there was so much to do everyday. There is never a boring moment at Edge Hill.

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What is your name? Jo Swift

What is the teaching and assessment like? I love the relationships I have with tutors here at Edge Hill. I don’t see them as teachers who just stand up in front of you telling you what you should do, but people who are there to guide you and who are willing to help. Assessments in my course are always e m o great; everyone is c be e so supportive of one dm e another. lp he am! It’s o I What do other people wh (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think about your course? My family and friends think my course suits me. They know that drama is a course in which I can be myself, and express my inner self, through performance.

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Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? I could go on to either work as an actor in theatre, TV or film or I could become a Drama Teacher. There is so much you can do from being a children’s entertainer to being part of a touring theatre company.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? I chose to study Drama & Media as the lectures we get given are very specific and detailed. In Media we have guest lecturers who come and teach us during different terms these are people who have worked within the different industries and can help us learn from those who have experienced the work first hand.

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What’s special about your course? The English degree is far more varied than I expected and my first year has proved to give me a brilliant foundation in both language and literature. I have discovered that I enjoy topics I would otherwise never have had the chance to study and it has already taught me skills that would be invaluable in many different careers. Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? Being a mature student I was concerned about being the only ‘older’ person in lectures and seminars, however I was really pleased to meet numerous other mature students. I was also worried that being out of education for so long (16 years!) that I would struggle with the workload, however the tutors have been so encouraging and within weeks I was confident that I had made the right choice in Edge Hill and my course.

What is the teaching and assessment like? You are ultimately responsible for your own learning and development. Studying at degree level requires you to be self disciplined and make sure you keep on top of your reading and work outside of lectures and seminars. Tutors are always on hand when you need support or guidance, and even fellow students are a brilliant resource! Assessments involve written assignments, exams and presentations as a group and an individual. Again, there is always plenty of support leading up to assessments to ensure you are on the right track.

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What is your name? Carrie Dowd Where are you from? Liverpool

What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think about your course? Friends and family have been as surprised as myself about the different topics covered on an English degree and you do literally learn something new every day. It has even inspired one of my friends to consider a total change in career!

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Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? An English degree can lead to so many different careers. Teaching and speech therapy are the obvious choices, but it would also provide a great spring board into business, retail or even journalism.

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Wendy Murdock What is your name? ES C Wigan, Lancashire Where are you from? EN I What year are you in? 3rd SC

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? I chose to study at Edge Hill partly because this meant that I could live at home, but also because one of my friends had recommended it to me, citing the campus and the support she had been given by tutors and fellow students throughout the 3 year course.

I decided to study English Language for several reasons. Firstly, and I think most importantly, it was a subject which I had really enjoyed all the way through my academic life, from infant school to A-Level. I had also studied Modern Foreign Languages at A level and got a minor degree in French, so languages have always been a passion of mine, but I figured, why learn anymore languages when there is so much more to learn about my own.

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? No.

One of the first things people ask me when I say I’m studying English is, “why you doing that you already know it”? You soon realise though that just speaking the language does not mean you know anything about it. I would guarantee in the first week of the course you will learn something you did not already know. I started this course having not studied English for several years and thought it had been me out of touch with today’s curriculum, but everybody starting in first year said they were learning something completely different to what they had done at A-Level.

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What’s special about your I course? Whilst there are compulsory modules that cover particular time periods, the number of smaller module choices means that you can tailor your degree to cover elements that you are interested in, from medieval to modern.

What is your name? Kirsty McCulley Where are you from? St. Helens What year are you in? 3rd year Full-time or a part-time? Full-time Approximate number of students on your course?

Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? The skills learnt through undertaking an English degree can be applied across a multitude of careers. Yes, there are some who go on to be librarians, but English degrees also illustrate that you have certain skills that would be invaluable to companies. For example: time keeping, maintaining structured arguments, presentation skills. Many companies have graduate schemes and, with an English Degree, the possibilities of these are more widely accessible - English can be used across a greater number of sectors than more ‘specialised’ degree courses. Many people on English courses go on to complete PGCE, or go on to further academic endeavours such as a Masters or PhD, as well as writing both creatively and critically.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? This course is great if you are interested in a career in the Film or Television industry because it teaches you all aspects from camera to sound, scriptwriting to editing. What’s special about your course? The amount of different modules available will open your mind to different sectors within the industry and allow to you make a trade in each one. Film students are also generally very creative so we bounce ideas off each other quite regularly, and use each other to be even more creative.

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? The main thing I worried about was “will I make friends?” This was not an issue after a couple of days with my flatmates on campus and people on my course. I am lucky because two students I live with are on the same course so I had friends in that first lecture, but everyone was kind enough to speak to each other and teachers allowed us to integrate with ice-breaker games and general discussions about the things we love most.

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What do other people (e.g. friends, other students...) think about your course? Speaking to family members and close friends about the course they all feel it was the best course available to me. If you have a passion for something, you work your bum off and you do it with a smile on your face (!), becomes apparent to many of my peers.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? Edge Hill has one of the UK’s top Geography departments! It’s up-to-date with the employment requirements of a lot of current companies, and geography also has great lecturers who treat students like friends and build a strong relationship with you straight from freshers week. Geography at Edge Hill is based in an old ‘rustic’ building which is very cosy, just like classrooms at school! This means everyone knows everyone on their course, but away from the actual course, Edge Hill hosts a very modern and student-friendlily university.

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What’s special about your course? There is an emphasis towards the digital aspects of geography, a huge advantage at graduate interviews. The lectures are also very friendly and make you feel very much an important part of the department in thoughts and issues. All staff in the department are very approachable and don’t talk down to you like a student but listen to you like an equal. Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? I was worried as I was coming to Edge Hill knowing no other students at all, although I was amazed at how friendly everyone on the course and around Uni were, it took me only hours to notice I wasn’t alone and the other people were coming to Uni in the same situation as I was.

What is the teaching and assessment like? The teaching is really good, groups are small enough for everyone to be able to input into lectures and develop relationships with their lecturers. The assessment can be quite challenging but with sufficient work put towards it is easily achievable. What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think about your course? I don’t know a single person on my course who dislikes it, although early mornings are ‘hard’ the course is very rewarding and very enjoyable. My family are amazed at the amount of work I have happily completed and the topics I ) have covered at am (9 Uni. They couldn’t g nin believe that, despite or m everything that’s said y” arl s! “E ture about students, how hard lec we happily work to attain

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our degrees. Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? With the vast range of topics you study on the course you can go down lots of different routes or career paths. Personally, I hope to go into teaching and have been told my degree is perfect for entry into a PGCE.

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Karen Van Eker What is your name? ES C Maghull, Liverpool Where are you from? EN I What year are you in? 3rd SC

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What’s special about your course? The course is very carefully constructed course and, geographically speaking, it gives students a wide area of knowledge which is vital in the world today. So, for example we study subjects from French, Russian and British history all the way to US history as well. In addition, few universities could meet Edge Hill’s History department for the amount of one-on-one care you are given. You are seen as a person, not a student number.

What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think Full-time or a part-time? about your course? Friends and family can see I am enjoying my Approximate number of course, by the sheer students on your amount I talk about it course? at home! They can now see how passionate I am for my subject. And all thanks to Edge Hill. Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? This course has enabled me to train my mind through disciplined study. I can use this course as a stepping stone to either go on to do a masters or go into the world of work.

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What is the teaching and assessment like? What is your name? The teaching is mostly done via PowerPoint presentations for lectures. In seminars, some tutors choose to give out primary/secondary sources and work as a group to analyse them, whereas others choose a more verbalWhere approach, suchfrom? are you as the tutor poses a question, and from the information given in the lecture and from your own background reading, you are then to put forward your side of the argument to What year are you in? the debate.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? I have always had a passion for both the natural and built environment and felt I could excel within a course studying Geography at degree level. My choice to come to Edge Hill was based upon its location in relation to my hometown of St. Helens and also the fact that the department was small and had a much more personal touch to it than that of larger universities. What’s special about your course? Geography at Edge Hill University is t unique. The department is a close en s m a t knit community packed full ar d h e it p n of enthusiastic lecturers de ll a mor to r e with a clear passion a th sm ch uch rge to see their students is mu l to of la s not only succeed, a na t tie so tha rsi but go on to further r pe an nive education in the form of th u postgraduate degrees.

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What is the teaching and assessment like? The level of teaching in the Geography department is exceptional. With numerous lecturers undertaking their own private research along side their teaching duties you are guaranteed to receive the most up to date and high quality of teaching at all times. The assessments are challenging but more importantly varied. My course has not simply involved handing in essays time after time, instead I have been asked to produce presentations, play a part in assessed debates, create websites and videos and also complete exams.

What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think about your course? My family and friends throughout the past three years have been pleasantly surprised by the broad amount of knowledge I have accumulated from studying Geography.

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What is your name? Loraine Parr Where are you from? St. Helens

Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? A degree in Geography whether it be the human or physical pathway opens up a whole variety of opportunities for graduates. For example: Teaching, Town and Regional Planning, Engineering, Human Resources, Environmental Conservationist. I will be continuing my studies at the University of Liverpool following my graduation from Edge Hill to study a o masters degree in ts bu Civic Design. , rk wo d r ha it! Its rth wo

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? A law degree is a fantastic degree to have. The degree at Edge Hill University is a qualifying law degree; this means that it meets the minimum requirements required by the Law Society and the Bar Council for trainee solicitors or barristers. I chose this university because I work locally, live locally and in comparison living costs are cheap. Further to this I was impressed by the facilities and the continued development of the university and its facilities. What’s special about your course? The level of support provided by tutors is second to none. I have friends in other universities who are envious of the amount of time I get with my tutors. Moreover the quality of academic discussion that you can hold with peers and tutors alike is a great asset of a law degree at Edge Hill.

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What is the teaching and assessment like? The teaching at Edge Hill is brilliant! The lecturers are all very friendly and approachable, and they are very helpful when giving feedback and aiding your study, if I email a lecturer with a problem, 99% of the time I’ll have a reply within a day. The assessment can sometimes be stressful, for example, when having numerous coursework assignments due at around the same time, I would advise prospective students to start the assignments early, giving you plenty of time!

What is your name? Rachel Facey Where are you from? Biddulph, Stoke-On-Trent What year are you in? 1st Full-time or a part-time? Full

What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think about your course? My flatmates often complain that they dislike my course as sometimes I am unable to go out at night and party due to the workload! However, my family are very supportive and proud of me. Also, if you generally enjoy your law course, you won’t mind missing a night at the bar now and then, I don’t!

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What is the teaching and assessment like? Where are you from? The teaching’s good, and the tutors are approachable. I like how part of our grade comes What year are you in? from our seminars where our input is assessed. This takes the pressure off slightly as sometimes assignment writing Full-time or a part-time? can be difficult, but you can pick your marks up by contributing in seminars. Approximate number of What do other people (e.g. friends, students on your family, other students...)course? think about your course? es Not a lot really, everyone assumes it’s m co re hard because its law e e

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? It is great doing two subjects together, and it’s nice to have a broader knowledge of two subjects which go well together. Edge Hill is one of the few universities that offer the law with management combination as an LLB (Bachelor of Laws).

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What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think about your course? My parents, even at this age (28) are thrilled about my course. My Dad keeps g n sti saying how proud he is when I get high e r e nt i marks. d an Some students on the course were annoyed at ers r ctu s having to come in every day of the week only for Le son les a few hours, but this problem has now been solved and the timetable is much better now.

Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? The creative side of Marketing is always something I have been interested in. I also run my own small business and the knowledge gained has been invaluable to its early success. Edge Hill was recommended by friends who had previously gained their degree there and it is ideally located for me.

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Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? I intend to use my course to help me further my current business and possibly form new businesses / franchises, however I realise that my degree will also enable me to work within any Marketing position.

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What’s special about your course? The Lecturers are very special, not only are they highly knowledgeable of the subject and great teachers but they also treat you like equals. Each lesson is really interesting and funfilled.

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? Being a mature student, I was worried about returning to study after such a long time. What is the teaching and assessment like? First class! In terms of our assessments we do a lot of group/individual presentations, reports, essays but also great practical work like making our own advert which was a particular highlight.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? I love Media and it’s what I always wanted to do. When I visited Edge Hill it was such a great campus with brilliant facilities and friendly people. And the tutors and lecturers are really enthusiastic and love to help. The campus is beautiful and Ormskirk has everything you need if you do need to grab anything. What’s special about your course? The Media tutors have worked in the industry and know what they’re talking about. They aren’t just spouting a load of recycled garbage from their days at university. They have lived it and many of the tutors have had major industry jobs and are published writers in specific areas.

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? Before I came I was worried about meeting new people, mainly because I knew there were so many different types of people from over the world with different backgrounds… but after getting to Uni and meeting people it was just great. Everyone is normal or as normal as can be expected (!) and I’ve made some of the most amazing friends. I wish I had known how good the nights out were because I probably would have stayed on campus for a year because everyone goes out in the week and Ormskirk has quite a fun little student night life.

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What is the teaching and assessment like? The course is so much fun. Some What of theis your name? lecturers can be a bit stiff but they still know what they are talking all about. Most of the time t’s I Where are you from? ts. though lectures tes o are quite fun, n are ork interactive and e er ew What are you in? Th ursyear won’t leave you o c feeling tired and bored. The Course has tons of different Full-time or a part-time? modules that are aimed at every possible area of media. One of the modules we’re doing now is all about number of how to do research and it hasApproximate come in really students on your useful for my job outside of university. course? Where can you go/ what can you ith d do with your course? w s an There is so much I could do with my u s p m litie le course when I am done. I wouldn’t a t c faci eop even know were to begin. I want to a p e write which is why I chose to do a joint gr nt y a illia ndl with creative writing and media. With this I br frie could go in to the magazine publishing industry or work for the BBC in radio broadcasting. I have so many ambitions and this course will hopefully help me to fulfil those ambitions.

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TS Approximate I am studyingnumber BA(hons)Media (Film&TV) because R of A students on yourwill course? this course give me the relevant experience about all the different parts of a production, and also all the theoretical background that I will gain for the world of Media. I am studying at Edge Hill University because is a very nice environment, has very good and professional staff who show me every day the way to success. Also, Edge Hill University is a place that everyone loves to study and live in because is made in an eco friendly way for students. Students find happiness and very soon have a very nice degree in their hands and a lot of good memories for the rest of their lives.

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What is the teaching and assessment like? The tutors are incredibly supportive in helping you to complete your assessments well, especially your module tutors. Also, you have plenty of time for your assessments to do them and submit them. I remember the first assignment that I had was to write an essay, I was very anxious about it but my Personal Tutor helped me with some of my difficulties and then I worried a lot less.

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What is your name? Christos Triantafyllou Where are you from? Greece What year are you in? 2nd year Full-time or a part-time? Full time Approximate number of students on your course?

What’s special about your course? What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) My course has very specific theme but nothing think about your course? stop you to work in many fields inside the Media My family and my relatives think that I am very World. A very good thing is that in this course lucky that I chose this course because first there are no exams. It’s a three year course r I’m studying in a very good environment without exams, the only assessments that to e u and secondly that I have a lot time for m you can get are essays and practicals, l T so nd a breaks. However, I also think that time s such as making a video. It’s great n h a so wit ies t les goes very fast without realising it and r when everyone else is doing lt o Pe e very soon as I will have my degree on exams and you can come y d m ficu a l m e d if my hands. What is my response to back late from holiday! lp y d rrie e them? I just agree with them. The thing that makes h m wo of n I my course special is that Where can you go/ what can e we learn in a very new and th you do with your course? exciting way with the help of I am sure that first of all this course technology. will open a lot of new doors for me. I’m sure I will be able to get jobs in all sorts of different areas of the Media. You could work in a production, or on a studio, or in TV etc. There are a lot of jobs out there based in our Media knowledge. You could have a lot of chances. And after this course I am sure that you will go somewhere, somewhere maybe that you dreamed of.

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Krystina Dodd What is your name? ES C The Northwest Where are you from? EN I What year are you in? 1st SC

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? Studying ‘Music and Sound with Drama’ at Edge Hill is an exciting and mind opening experience. The amount of input that you have to your own learning experience is something I haven’t come across elsewhere. I was accepted at a top music school in London, and chose to come here as the creative environment is not as superficial as those that can be found elsewhere.

What’s special about your course? Tutors are industry professionals, ranging from musicians and sound technicians to journalists and authors to sound designers. And this all leads to the creation of a well rounded and interesting learning environment.

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? Before I came to interview at Edge Hill I was expecting an unremarkable music degree, with not many facilities. But when I arrived I realised that the atmosphere and learning environment is electric, friendly and filled with superb people. What is the teaching and assessment like? This is the best course around for students who want to learn subject specific skills, and who also want to concentrate on their own individual interests. Teaching methods vary, including PowerPoint presentations, practical workshops, studio time and handson lessons in music technology. Assessments include essay

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submissions, group presentations, with both individual What your name? and group practical projects. Lecturers give youis excellent guidance and feedback throughout the course. What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think about your course?Where are you from? Facilities are excellent, and, admittedly I was surprised at the level of quality equipment that the music department provides: What year are you in? sound suites - both Mac and PC. Recording studios, booths and practice rooms, not to mention g! Full-time the theatres! hin or a part-time? t No Where can you go/what can you do with your course? Approximate number of The department’s holistic approach to the subject students on your produces a course which is wide ranging and spans course? across the different fields of performing arts. This means that students are prepared for work in a number of different professions.

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? As a prospective student of Physical Education & School Sport, I was mainly worried about the course content. As I did an A-Level at sixth form, I thought that the knowledge I had gained over the 2 years was not going to be enough to get me through my first year of university. As I had previously spoken to the lecturers, I had no worries in the sense of not liking

What is your name? Hayley Alderson Where are you from? Leeds, West Yorkshire What year are you in? 1st year of Uni Full-time or a part-time? Full-time

The assessments are ranged to match all students’ strengths. These range from groups presentations, e-brochures, written essays, risk assessments, skill cards and exams. The range allows each student to achieve success in each module of the course.

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What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think about your course? As I was the first person in my family to go to university, my parents are extremely proud of me to follow through in the education to eventually get me to the job I’ve wanted since I was 15. According to my mother, the determination shown through my college years have proven me a worthy student on a university course. The achievement of going to university has inspired my younger sister to apply in a year’s time, which I do feel extremely proud of.

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What’s special about your course? My course requires students to not only fulfil the assignment brief of passing the course, but to develop f! taf holistically as a whole individual. The s e Th course that I am enrolled on allows me to be myself, discuss ideas and feelings which I class as personal and therefore develop my journey through university to suit my intended career path. Physical Education and School Sport is a single honours degree which does what it says on the tin – it gives you the knowledge and information of both Physical Education in school and sport in wider society. The course has two pathways (PE and School sport) which, along with key, core modules, you study in years 2 and 3. With both sets of knowledge, your personal development is much more effective than any other sport related course.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? I enjoy geography, and I want to be involved in an outdoor environmental job when I leave Uni. The extra geology modules sounded interesting so that’s why I chose the course. And Edge Hill offered the best course, with good field trips and an emphasis on employability and beneficial skills such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

What’s special about your course? The GIS training is not given at every university, Edge Hill is one of the only ones to include it and it is a valuable skill for a lot of Geography related jobs.

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What is the teaching and assessment like? What year are you in? The teaching is good, the lecturers are enthusiastic so if you ask questions or need further explanation on anything they are more than happy to help. Assessments are usually given in good time; however sometimes there Full-time does not or seem a part-time? to be communication between lecturers and assessment deadlines for different modules can clump together. What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other number of Approximate students...) think about your course? students on your course? Generally my course is thought of as difficult by friends and family, with a demanding workload and plenty to learn, but rewarding. Often people are unsure what Geology actually entails! Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? I hope to be involved in an environmental job, possibly a career in ecology. There is quite a bit of specialist equipment in the NGAS (Natural, Geographical and Applied e Sciences) Labs which can be los c used for pollen analysis etc. ing be s This gives the opportunity of e lin gaining valuable skills that may ad her e D get be beneficial for a job. to

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buildings are in one place; it’s a really friendly environment, and everyone is happy to point you in the right direction. Psychology as a course in general is great as it gives you the opportunity to get a good job from a wide range of options (and it’s fun and interesting as well!)

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Naomi: I could have studied Psychology anywhere. Mostly the course content is the same and the modules are pretty similar. However, the way in which it was taught and who I was being taught by was important to me, as was the location in which I studied. The teachers here are fantastic with their support structure and the whole University cares about you as a person not a statistic!

What’s special about your course? Natacia: In our course the staff are really friendly, my personal tutor in particular is really easy to contact, and is always willing to help. Psychology is unique because you get the support you need and staff are willing to help you gain the results you want. Once the subject has clicked then you feel you have achieved something.

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where to go and who to see. They check with you during your application and before coming to see if there’s any questions they can answer.

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What is the teaching and assessment like? Natacia: The teaching is good, the lecturers are really passionate about the subject, and are researchers themselves, which provides us with more support and knowledge. The assessments are good, we get them back on time, but there have been cases where we have only been allowed two weeks to write up a lab report, which counts to out end of year grade.

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What is your name? Natacia Tansley Naomi Glendinning Where are you from? Natacia: Liverpool Naomi: Flint, North Wales What year are you in? Natacia: 1st year Naomi: final year Full-time or a part-time? Full-time

Naomi: The teaching is brilliant. All of the tutors are so passionate about their subjects so when they are teaching you something you are getting everything you possibly can out of it. And if you don’t feel like you have then they’re all there to lend a hand.

Approximate number of students on your course? 120

What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think about your course? Natacia: Some think it is annoying because we have a lecture 5 ‘til 7 at night, and some think it is quite a hard subject to grasp, but others think that this course is good, as it will help them become psychologists themselves, as the course is British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? The degree itself is highly recommended by Public Relations agencies, because it is accredited by the CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations). The skills learnt on the degree can be easily transferred within industry and also there are plenty of opportunities to add to your CV through work experience and volunteering opportunities through the University. The lecturers at Edge Hill University are very enthusiastic about what they teach, they are very supportive and also the students on my degree across all years have gelled really well.

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Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? The degree can open many doors within both the media and business sectors. There are opportunities to work in either in-house or in agency public relations. Also it is possible to setup your own agency.

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course to study and can lead to a massive variety of careers. Studying sociology at Edge Hill comes with so many benefits. The teaching is outstanding and the lecturers are all extremely friendly and easy to talk to, the library is brilliant and there is always something going on! I have also made a lot of new friends at Edge Hill, which has lead to many a good night out.

What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think about your course? All of my friends and family are fascinated by the things that I tell them I have been taught. The course does really open your eyes.

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What’s special about your course? I really enjoy studying sociology because if gives you a real insight in to how society works and how it has become the society we live in today. What I really love about my course is that there are so many different careers that I can go in to when I graduate.

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Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? There are so many different fields of work that a sociology degree can be beneficial, maybe social work, teaching, the police, corporate management or the civil service, to name a few.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? I wanted to progress my career and believe a degree will enhance my career prospects and job satisfaction, not to mention knowledge of my subject. I chose Edge Hill as it was recommended by former students and the smaller campus meant smaller groups, allowing for more intimate mentoring on my course.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? Nirvana: Supporting Children and Young People’s Learning and Development is all about development of children within schools, and the background behind teaching. Edge Hill has been my favourite university since I came to look with my sister six years ago. It provides excellent facilities for students to use.

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What’s special about your course? Nirvana: This particular course opens up many opportunities after I have graduated, whether it is teaching, social work, or working with children in another area.

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What is your name? Kate Jackson Where are you from? Northamptonshire What year are you in? 1st year

Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? I can enter the children’s workforce in a reasonably senior position or continue to do a PGCE and become a teacher.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? Why study Design and Technology? Design and Technology is an important part of the curriculum, imagine teaching the next James Dyson, Vivienne Westwood or Gordon Ramsey. These people are also very important to the economy of this country, so you can help your country too. Children enjoy Design and Technology as a subject as it is more laid back and as pupils use there vocational skills, it does not matter if they can read or write English very well, they will be able to make a Dovetail joint or a loaf of bread. Job satisfaction is also a large part of the decision to become a design and technology teacher- pupils often make products that they are extremely proud of, which means that you’re proud too!

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Full-time What is the teaching and or a part-time? assessment like? The teaching on the Design and Technology course is wide and varied, all teachers attempt Approximate number of to accommodate the whole range of learning students on your styles. Assessment is carried out course? in two ways: Formative and Summative. Formative means the tutors give you regular feedback and pointers in lessons and help you to learn where you are up to informally. Summative means tests and assignments, but help is always available if needed.

What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think about your course? My family think that it’s a great course, because I have learned skills that allow me to help out around the house more - I have turned into Handy Andy! I also bring home food, which makes me popular with the wife! Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? The main aim of this course is to be a teacher, but with extra home study on the relevant area you could easily go into industries like catering, building, dressmaking etc if you decided teaching wasn’t for you.

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What’s special about your course? My course provides a broad understanding of children and covers a wide range of issues affecting childhood. This degree provides a great background for lots of different programmes to further your studies, so that you can get the profession of your choice. Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? I was worried about making friends and the massive jump between A Levels and a degree. It’s surprising how fast you pick up everything though, and make friends on your course.

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What is your name? Lydia Saxon Where are you from? St Helens What year are you in? 2nd

Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? After this course I would like to study a PGCE in order to become a primary school teacher. You can also go on to do social work, early years practitioner (EYPS), teaching assistant, child mentor and so many more professions.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? From a young age I have known that I wanted to teach young children and provide them with an exciting and interesting education. Edge Hill was the only university in the whole of the UK to offer me such a rich and interesting course in Early Years. It focuses specifically on children aged from birth to seven years old whereas other courses have a broader age range. Edge Hill’s campus is all together and feels very safe when walking around. The area surrounding the university felt very much like home to me and knew from my first visit that this is where I wanted to study.

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The teaching I have experienced on my course What year are you in? has been amazing for the majority. The content of lectures/seminars has been relevant and interesting to learn as the tutors try and incorporate fun teaching styles for us. Doing an Early Years course means we often get to engage Full-time or a part-time? in making and playing games, making posters and more rs active ‘hands on’ lessons. The assessment on my course is to ave u based on assignments and placements - which means no What’s special about your course? rt oh t Approximate number of u exams! This suits me perfectly as I don’t perform well s My course itself is a specialism as it focuses on yo ly d be at students on your in exams, however, I feel perfectly comfortable being r ‘Early Years’. The amount of people on this course s al re you rest t observed in a classroom. Marking oncourse? assignments is is relatively small in relation to others (that I know e ar t fair and they always provide insightful and constructive e n of- there’s about 60 of us) so we all know each other i h feedback for you to see what you did well and where you and have very close bonds with peers in our class. The can improve for next time. way the course is designed and organised makes you feel like your tutors really do have your best interests at heart. What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other The tutors ensure that the lessons provided are interesting and students...) think about your course? fun, and will be happy to provide lectures on areas that as a When I tell others that I do an Early Years Education course I get class you think you are struggling with. the same scrunched up, ‘why?’ face from people. Although the idea of working with young children is most peoples worst Were you worried about anything before you nightmare, I honestly cannot wait to have my own class. came? Is there anything you wish you had My family and friends have always been very supportive known? of my career choice and often get laden with different Looking back, before I came to uni I was only worried things I have made in my lessons. f about things like meeting new people and o ot e! l having to learn to cook something other Where can you go/ what can you do e a nc av at o than toast. However, when I got here h with your course? s all e I found my feet quickly and made an e m After graduating I hope to gain a position as a class teacher eti t tim m amazing group of friends that I’m still So ntac in a reception class, however I can be placed anywhere within close with now, 3 years on. The only co a primary school. Due to the specialism that this course gives thing I wish I had known about before me I would be best placed in Nursery up to Year 2. During my I starting uni is the valuable facilities first year of teaching I will have to earn my Qualified Teacher available here like learning services. Status (QTS) as my course only suggests you for it. This would have been helpful to me in my first year, as when I

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What’s special about your course? What’s special about this course is that the class size is small enough to allow every student one to one sessions with the tutors. This means that any help you need is given.

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Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? With this degree you can go down many different routes, if you plan to use this degree to go into teaching you can apply for a PGCE degree to enable you to do this.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? This course means that I have the choice between working in a Primary or Secondary school at the end of it, and I get to do work experience in both areas. Edge Hill is a Campus Uni and I found it really welcoming and knew this was where I wanted to study immediately. What’s special about your course? It allows us to experience Primary and Secondary teaching and then make our own choice at the end of it, so it really gives you the flexibility if you’re not sure what type of school you want to work at.

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? As I was moving away from home for the first time I was worried about missing home and if the course or my accommodation was not for me, but I soon settled into Uni life. Everyone feels the same way to some extent before they start Uni so it was just normal really.

What do other people (e.g. friends, family, What is your name? other students...) think about your course? They think that it was a big jump from A-level, that you have to be very self motivated, Where are you from? and willing to dedicate a lot of your time to independent study.

! Where can ted you go/ What year are ivayou in? t o what can em b you do to ed with your e N Full-time or a part-time? course? At the end of the course you are recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which means that Approximate number of providing you meet all the requirements in your students on your first year, you qualify as a fully fledged course?teacher. You retain this status for five years after you graduate, so you don’t need to go into e teaching straight away! That’s what th t u no l most people will go and do, but others o o y re o s h ’ might have some different ideas, e.g. e u c giv yo of s k at travelling or whatever!

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What year are you in? Why study your course? Andorwhy at Full-time a part-time? Edge Hill? Approximate number of Andy:on your I have a students course? number of friends who are fully qualified as teachers and of them all - Edge Hill was amongst their top recommendations. I was also most impressed by the campus’ ‘homely’ feel.

What is the teaching and assessment like? Andy: Teaching is excellent - I have found all my tutors to be approachable at all times. Assessment takes place in the form of weekly work tasks, but if we need any help or are uncertain of anything, we are able to discuss with out tutors. When final pieces of work have been submitted - feedback has always been concise and informative.

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Heather: Was worried about the travel and distance before I came. And I wish I had known about the parking situation before I camesometimes it can be very difficult to find a car parking space!

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What is your name? Andy Higginbotham Heather McDonald Where are you from? Andy: Rossendale, Lancs Heather: Bury

Heather: The teaching and assessment is good on the whole.

What year are you in? Andy: 2nd Heather: Final year

What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think about your course? Andy: Feel students are very much enjoying how the course is run - we all enjoy coming to university.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? This university has a great reputation for teaching and is one of the best in the country. So deciding to study teaching is a great choice as there is a shortage of mathematics teaching at the moment.

Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? Just how much independent work is required, for each individual subject study there is 150 hours study required, of which only 30 is accumulated in lectures.

What is your name? Nathan Stanger Where are you from? Warrington

Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? Once my course is finished I will be able to get a job with in a secondary school teaching mathematics. If eventually you don’t like the idea of becoming a teacher, the course is 50% mathematics as well as 50% teaching so you can always go down the maths route.

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What is the teaching and assessment like? The teaching styles are probably the most diverse out of all the courses at Edge Hill, because we have to learn the different learning styles that we will encounter when we go into school. There are no exams, so assessment is in the form of essays and the occasional presentation. We are also assessed during school placements by a school mentor and a link tutor from Edge Hill. What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think about your course? My friends on the same course agree that having such a wide variety of subjects is enjoyable and it is useful to have resourceful tutors who have so many ideas to take into school - the majority of which encourage you to contact them while on school placement for help with lesson planning.

Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? Teaching is the main employment opportunity; however it can lead into Early Years employment. I know several people who have decided teaching may not be for them, however they o n are using the degree e o r a s n i to enter other roles e s , er ms nt is say l such as social work h T xa e es na e sm f o and other school i es rm o ccas n. related jobs. s o s

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What is your name? Danielle Malone Where are you from? Skelmersdale, Lancashire What year are you in? 3rd Full-time or a part-time? Full-time Approximate number of students on your course? 700

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? Edge Hill offered a course that combines both primary and secondary teaching, perfect for me as I wasn’t sure which year group I wanted to teach. What’s special about your course? By learning about primary and secondary teaching it made it easier to determine which path I was likely to choose. As well as this courses that specialise in teaching secondary RE are scarce. This course allows me to look at RE from both a secondary and primary school perspective.

Friday afternoons are taken g What is your name? n i up by Personal Development ch a Planning (PDP) which can either te er Pe be really useful (for example doing some peer teaching) or can be a bit heavy Where are you from? going. The guest lectures are good and give you a good insight into teaching but having to cope with Education Law, The White Paper, SENCO, Safeguarding, QTSyou in? What year are Standards, professional conduct among other things is a little too much for students dreaming about a part-time? the weekend. It really Full-time is the or lesson everyone skips, or if they go they moan the whole 2 hours!

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Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? I can take many paths following this course, first would be a primary teacher, although you could work up to being an RE co-ordinator for the whole school. Or you can be a secondary RE teacher, which again you have the potential to move up in the world. And of course if you are struggling for full time work, you can always tutor.

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What is your name? Jen Eardley Where are you from? Stoke on Trent

What do other students or your friends think about your course? I think it’s fair to say that my friends on my course agree with me that the quality of our course is second to none. I am the course representative for my course, and have just been elected as the Faculty of Education Representative in the Union elections, so I get quite a lot of feedback from students about the course and of course there are going to be issues that come up along the way, but the tutors are always there to try and solve these.

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What year are you in? 2nd year

What’s special about your course? The good thing about my course is that you get to study such a wide variety of things all at the same time, we study degree level biology, chemistry and physics as well as subject application and personal professional development, to develop us as teachers and to work towards the Qualified Teacher Status. We are very lucky to have such a great course, as it cuts out the usual route of having to spend an extra year doing a PGCE after getting a degree.

What were you worried about before you came? I was worried about the usual things… Would I make new friends? Would I cope with the work load?But mainly I was worried that as I had already attended a University where I had hated every minute of my time spent there, and would I feel the same at Edge Hill? Upon arriving to lectures on the first day, I wondered why on earth I had been worrying about things, I made new friends straight away and have loved every minute spent at Edge Hill so far.

Full-time or a part-time? Full time Approximate number of students on your course? 22

Where does the course lead? Once I have finished my study here at Edge Hill and I graduate in 2012, I will be qualified to teach science to students aged 11-19. There are future study options, for example doing a Primary PGCE in order to stretch the age range on children with which you can work.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? I am studying this course to gain a BA (Hons) and to further my knowledge and education in Teaching as I hope to become a primary school teacher in the future. I chose to study at Edge Hill because it is flexible and I am still able to work as I learn.

What is the teaching and assessment like? What is your name? There are a couple of different ways that we learn; in lectures we see lots of PowerPoints, y er websites and videos. But we also have v is ou ies group discussions and debates Where y you it from? ng g are i h in tun that contribute to our c r v o a learning. te gi po e t

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What’s special about your course? The course is just what I was looking for, it’s part time and the University is linked with Shrewsbury College which is not far from where I live. The best thing about the course is I can still work and learn. There are other “campuses” in Ormskirk, the Wirral, and Holy Cross College, Bury.

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? I was concerned about how I would pay for the course and who I would get advice from regarding student loans as I live in Wales and the course is run in England. However I managed to get this sorted out mainly due to some funding from work, so I have been very lucky!

The teaching is very good, giving you Approximate number of plenty of opportunities to contribute to students on your discussions and reflect on what you have course? been taught. What is really useful is that we have assigned personal tutors who come out to our workplace to assess our setting- this not only helps them understand my situation but gives them the opportunity to talk with my mentor. At the end of each module we are assessed on what we have learnt. We are given a grade with feedback from the assignments and targets are set for improvement.

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Of course I was worried about letting patients down- basically not understanding enough of my course before I went on placement. Not much else. What’s special about your course? Everything is NMC regulated so every course e has the same basic curriculum and training. th hat f t However what makes Edge Hill special is of g ing e a e the support you get from the tutors n i c w d and the quality of the teaching. alk kno ma ren life w e And that includes the quality of the rd ’ve iff ns’ surroundings, i.e. a (pretty) new wa you ve d rso y e a si purpose-built building that we’re as ne p at d m o th taught in.

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(OSCEs) that test us on anything from hand washing to your name? basic life support. We also have a multipleWhat choiceis anatomy and physiology exam, and a written law exam. On top of that is written assignments or presentations throughout the course. Whilst on placement Where are you from? we have learning outcomes that we are assessed on by our mentors on placement (these are set by the NMC). What year are you in?

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What do other people think about your course? Most people think that my course Full-time or a part-time? is hard work and pretty stressful but then it definitely has its rewards at the end of the day, e.g. Approximate number of looking after patients, walking off students on your the ward knowing that you’ve made a massive course? difference to one persons’ life that day. Also, because we’re on a 12-month timetable, we’re a bit different to everyone else. We only get seven weeks holiday a year (and can work on Xmas day!) Where can you go with Adult Nursing? You can go all over the world after the course. Everyone needs nurses!! You can either stay in the NHS, go the private sector or even go to New Zealand. You can also specialise in all sorts of different types of nursing from Cardiology to Palliative Care or whatever. Is there anything else you wish you knew about this course before you came? I also wish I had more time to do something about the lack of clinical skills training. We’re always so busy it’s difficult to make changes sometimes.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? Edge Hill is a really friendly place to study, the University itself has all the amenities of a small town and it’s very easy to find your way around. Nursing at Edge Hill is quite an intense course and there is a lot of studying involved but the course material is really interesting and well delivered.

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What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think about your course? Most of the students on the course are really interesting and they all have different life experiences. We all learn from each other through discussion in class. Family and t n friends are always asking re les e questions about the course and f y f di g st into e it is great to tell them about r Ou rnin ken d w d all the skills and knowledge a ta an ge that that we are learning. le a t r

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? As a mature student I was worried about meeting other mature students and generally just anxious because I didn’t know what to expect. The Edge Hill “Hi” website (http://hi.edgehill.ac.uk/) was really helpful as I was able to meet and chat to other students who would be starting at the same time as me.

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opportunities in nursing. Some students know which areas they are interested in when they start the course and others develop their interests along the way. The various career paths are almost endless and there are always options for further and continuous learning in nursing. Nurses are usually in demand worldwide and so travel is an option for qualified nurses.

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Approximate number of 28 students on your course? Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? Health and Social Wellbeing opens many doors to influential careers revolving around Health and Social Work. Edge Hill University is a wonderful place to study. It is a very calm, friendly and peaceful environment and teachers are very approachable.

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What’s special about your course? Health and Social Wellbeing opens many career opportunities, especially for those who may be unsure what career path to take but have an interest in health or working with people. For me I never really knew what career path I wanted to take. Through Health and Social Wellbeing I have achieved a greater understanding of the different job opportunities within the Health and Social Care settings and this has aided my choice of career.

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What’s special about your course? Integrated Practice may be a full time degree but lectures are run over one day a week, allowing you to continue working in practice and/or time to study. The course modules are also quite broad as they cover subjects in both health and social related areas.

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What is your name? Louise Meadow Where are you from? Southport What year are you in? 3rd year Full-time or a part-time? Full-time Approximate number of students on your course?

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Approximate number of 25 students on your course? Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? I am passionate about working with children with special needs and this was a great opportunity for me to further develop my skills.

Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? I was apprehensive as I think all students are but eventually I got settled in absolutely fine.

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? As a mature student I was worried that I might not ‘fit in’ and that my computer skills may have held me back. I needn’t have been as Nursing attracts students of all ages and the staff in the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) had 1 - 1 courses available to help me ‘brush up’ on my computer skills.

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What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think about your course? From what I tell them they think it sounds good and offers opportunities for learning even for the more mature student.

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What year are you in? 3rd year Full-time or a part-time? Full-time

Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? Hopefully I will be able to find work in the community, residential care, and health promotion services, or maybe even school nursing. And if I want to I could go on to do a PGCE or Masters.

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What do other people (e.g. friends, Whatthink year are you in? family, other students...) about your course? I think the other students are enjoying the course and feel well Full-time or a part-time? supported but along with myself can find it challenging! There are not enough hours in the day when you are a student midwife. Approximate number of Where can you go/ what can you do with students on your your course? course? When qualified you can become a registered midwife.

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What is the teaching and assessment like? What is your name? I feel the teaching is great, it uses a variety of different methods i.e. group work, taught sessions, directed study etc. Assessments are also varied you from? including written assignments, Where exams,are seminar presentations amongst others.

What’s special about your course? What isn’t special?! I get to meet amazing women and their families and have the opportunity to educate them about choices available to them. Also I feel it has helped me grow as a person in so many ways!

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What’s special about your course? There aren’t large numbers of people on the course, and this I feel allows everyone to be heard and allows for a more personal relationship with the tutors and lecturers.

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? I was worried about the change in the amount of work and style of work required compared to that needed at A-level which although it was massive step up, it was made easier due to the support from tutors and wide variety of resources.

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What is your name? Michelle Oatridge

What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think about your course? Some people think that as we only go in for two days a week we don’t do a lot, however others recognise that we have the same number of hours in seminars/lectures in those two days as they do over five days. They actually think that they would benefit more from being in for several hours over a couple of days rather than an hour or two every day, as they feel they don’t get in the right frame of mind over such a short period of time. They also think that I know more people from my course because there are not that many people on the course, and the seminar setting allows people to feel more comfortable when speaking.

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What’s special about your course? I think what is really special is the external input from outside the University, such as real paramedics who join us as guest lecturers. The A&E ambulance placements with a paramedic mentor are also a very special aspect of the course, as well as placements elsewhere in the NHS to gain extra skills.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? Edge Hill has a friendly feeling about it. I felt this on the day of my interview. The course tutors are great and friendly and will help you anyway they can- they create a really comfortable atmosphere to study in. The way theory, placement and practice are divided is perfect for me, so that’s why I chose to come here.

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Were you worried Full-timeabout or a part-time? anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? number of I was 100%Approximate happy before students on your I came- I wasn’t worried course? about anything. What is the teaching and assessment like? Teaching is fantastic and varied with the theory lectures including practical work, group work and presentations. We are well informed about assessments and the support is always there if we need it.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? I did my undergraduate here so I wanted to continue onto a Masters. I definitely didn’t t ye g want to get a job at the time so a in ng g Masters was in order! I loved my time e l in al as an Undergrad so it made perfect sense. Ch ard rew However it is important to point out that the MA is a step up from the undergraduate, don’t be fooled! What’s special about your course? It brings a lot of different departments’ skills and knowledge into one course – English, History, Film & TV, and Sociology. It’s a truly interdisciplinary course, with some excellent lecturers.

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? I would have been worried about the cost of doing an MA but I got 50% off my MA because I came to Edge Hill straight from my undergraduate course (I think they still do a discount of 20% which is pretty common across a lot of universities) which was great! I didn’t really have many concerns as I had seen it all before!

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Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? The area of Management is very broad and therefore the course can lead students into a range of job opportunities. It can be applied to a range of sectors such as retail, manufacturing and accountancy to name only a few. It mainly sets students up for management roles within organisations, teaching a range of subjects such as Human Resource Management (HRM), Accountancy, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Marketing and Research Methods. nt Therefore once graduated you can fit into e m most organisations in a management ge a role. an

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? Due to the fact I did my first degree at Edge Hill I wasn’t too worried about starting the course. However I was concerned about the jump from degree level to Masters but the lecturers made clear what was needed to make that jump, and any issues I had regarding work and marks I found the lecturers very approachable and always willing to help.

What is the teaching and assessment like? I have found the teaching works well for me; it consists of part lecture and part discussion. This allows theory to come across and then issues and ideas regarding the theory are openly discussed. The lecturers encourage discussion and this allows students to voice any opinions or questions regarding the subject. The assessments tend to be part coursework part exam, depending on the modules. Coursework can involve assignments, reports and presentations. They have always been handed out in a manageable amount and the range of assessments mean students usually encounter at least one of their strengths be it an assignment or exam.

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? I was very excited and a little bit overwhelmed when I arrived at the University, but it’s all turned out fine in the end. I would like to have known that the course doesn’t provide you with study materials such as text books and we had to buy them for ourselves, which would have helped in planning my budget for the course.

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What’s special about your course? My course is special as there are only 40 students roughly on the PGCE Business Education course. Therefore, it is very different from when you study your undergraduate degree. Usually you will have been used to studying with vast amounts of people at university, whereas when you complete your PGCE course, it really is a close knit group (…cheesy but very true). The course leaders and tutors care for you individually and really do want the best for you. Looking back on my undergraduate degree, I didn’t even know who the course leader was, whereas on this course you are in regular contact with them!

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? I was worried about the situation with car-parking after hearing bad reports about the number of spaces! (and this was a well founded fear!), however I felt immediately comfortable in this University and you know what? If you get in early enough to get a space, you can always do work on campus before the rush!

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? Since I graduated from Chester University in 2008 I have been working in schools. My roles have included anything from Learning Support Assistant in an Inclusion Centre to a Learning Assistant in a classroom working oneto-one. Eventually I decided to become an English teacher to continue working alongside such wonderful people. I decided upon Edge Hill due to its fantastic reputation and I made the decision to commute to Uni as I only lived 15 minutes away.

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Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? My course focuses on the 11-16 cohort but I can apply for jobs in A Level teaching too, which is really handy for the future if I ever decide to rethink my career path. The great thing about a PGCE is that once you’ve done your Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year, you’re qualified for lots of different things. Employers love qualified teachers!

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? The information I received prior to starting at Edge Hill gave me minimal information regarding start dates and plans for the initial few weeks in Edge Hill. There were one or two students (including myself) who had not organised child care because of limited communication prior to starting. However if you do have childcare issues I would recommend phoning the faculty in advance to see what they can do to help.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? It is a challenging course which pushes you to become a great teacher. If you want to be a teacher and have the commitment and enthusiasm then this course is for you. It is very fast paced and the work is constant but the end result and the experience is worth it. What’s special about your course? You become a little family within the first few weeks and you are propelled into the world of teaching very early on. The support you get from the tutors is unbelievable and they are always going out of their way to meet your needs. It is hard work and if you’re not interested in a job in teaching I would advise you to rethink your choice or put it on hold.

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What are your you in? Whyyear study course? And why Hill? Full-timeat orEdge a part-time? I haveofa number of friends and exApproximate number students on your course? colleagues who are teachers and have studied at Edge Hill, most of which are either good to outstanding teachers, so I chose Edge Hill because of its reputation. I have wanted to become a teacher in secondary school for some time now and due to personal circumstances have not had the chance until now. I think in general folks can be a little negative about young people and being a mother to a teenager I feel that sometimes the generalisation that kids are ‘no good’ is rather unfair. This has driven me to want to work with young people and encourage and inspire them to raise their aspirations and reach their potential with a quiet confidence. I have yet to meet a teenager that is ‘bad’.

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What is the teaching and assessment like? There are a lot of strategies and techniques to come to terms with but everyone is very sympathetic to the fact that you are learning and over time particularly with assessment and teaching this comes. I find it very like learning how to drive....so many things to remember and muddle up but once you arrive at your test each action you perform becomes natural and instinctual.

Where are you from? Oldham What year are you in? Final

What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think about your course? It has been very difficult for my family, mainly because I have parental responsibilities as well as Uni responsibilities. You must be fully committed to your work and it is very difficult to balance both home and work life due to the intensive workload. What I would say is that it isn’t impossible and as long as you are strict with yourself and manage your time to ensure you make time for those important to you and for yourself then everybody wins.

Full-time or a part-time? Full Approximate number of students on your course? 59

What’s special about your course? Maths is my choice subject by default. It was what I was good at t an , so it seemed the logical choice. It is i l Where can you go/ what can you e il challenging and encourages creativity br rtiv d do with your course? e r po an in a subject which most adults (let a The world is truly my oyster. p h ff alone children!) fear. However ta y su art ed There is still a shortage of s r e my course helps show us how he ve to ienc maths teachers and so T d n to break these barriers down r you can literally choose an ow xpe through creativity and how to s d e where you wish to oe t d re tackle misconceptions which trip I work, whether it be in a k. pupils up within the subject. The or you and this country or abroad. w r e gh er staff are brilliant and very supportive, ap hou k ov You can also achieve a p r t e down to earth and experienced. Th l as g wo proportion of your masters e s) n e f h oi whilst on this course which will t d Were you worried about anything before a re er! open academic doors for you to (M you came? Is there anything you wish you ov 11 y r further develop your academic CV. GX had known? a : d de I was worried about delivering a topic which most on co c TR Se people find very difficult but the staff have laid these E GT C fears to rest and helped me realise that the process of te ua PG becoming a very good teacher takes years to perfect. rad

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? The PGCE Psychology is an excellent course to study; it has provided me with the chance to learn both about the curriculum and myself. Edge Hill is one of the only universities to offer this and I am so thankful that they do. What’s special about your course? The one thing that makes my course so special is the dedication that many of the staff in the department show, the support is nothing short of excellent. Whether we’re out on placements or attending lectures at Edge Hill they are always available to talk to.

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Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had ! known? ing th o n I was mostly worried about being ply m accepted on the course, Edge Hill is i S an amazing university and I am enjoying every minute of my course. I just don’t want it to end!

What is the teaching and assessment like? The teaching that you receive on the Where are you from? course is excellent, I feel that I have been thoroughly prepared for placements. The assessments are intense but very beneficial, they prepared meWhat for the type year areofyou in? paper work that I would be doing in school placements.

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What do other people (e.g. Full-time or a part-time? friends, family, other students...) think about your course? Approximate number of My husband is also dong the students on your PGCE but in English, when we found outcourse? that we got on the course our family ve a was so proud. It’s a y I h ghl very competitive t ha ou r programme so we l t hor d fo e s t e thought our chances t e f n ar e p men were slim, so when we e b pre ce received our confirmation a pl letters we celebrated for about a week.

Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? When I complete the course I can teach in any secondary school or college. However because of the cross curricular links that Psychology has I can also teach a number of different subjects such as Child Development, Health and Social Care and Sports Psychology.

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What is the teaching and assessment like? The teaching is first class - our course leaders have been successful teachers themselves, so they know what they’re on about! We have more assessments than other PGCE course, but it keeps us on our toes!

he dt n a Why study your le op course? And why at e ep g Edge Hill? Th inin a r t I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, ever since I first thought about what I wanted to do. Edge Hill has a great reputation in teacher training, so it seemed the ideal choice. What’s special about your course? The amount of support you get is amazing, from your course leaders and your mentors in school. It’s a tough year, but they’re there every step of the way. Were you worried about anything before you came? Is there anything you wish you had known? I worried about the amount of work, and I was right to - there’s a lot!

What is your name? Adam Dutch Where are you from? Liverpool

What do other people (e.g. friends, family, other students...) think about your course? I think the course has a good reputation, both in the local area and beyond. Talking to my friends from other universities, they have all heard of Edge Hill and know about its reputation for teacher training and education studies.

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Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? Hopefully on to a job as a successful teacher. Edge Hill is like a successful brand - hopefully when people see it on my CV they’ll put me above candidates just because of its reputation.

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As I don’t drive, public transport can make the days much, much longer and this can make things difficult when you have children to consider.

Joanne: My ambition has always been to teach English Literature in Further Education. Edge Hill offered the best course to help me achieve my goals, and that’s why I came here!

What is the teaching and assessment like? Gillian: Quality of the teaching is really good and assessment is fair, but I do think there is some crossover of teaching content between some of the modules.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? Gillian: I wanted to teach at a post compulsory level and the course offered by Edge Hill seemed to be the best option for me. Edge Hill has a really good name in education teaching so I decided that I wanted to go here.

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What’s special about your course? Gillian: I would have to say the people I have met are the best thing about my course. Both the tutors and the students alike have been so supportive.

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Where can you go/ what can you do with your course? Gillian: I will be able to teach in the life-long learning sector and will work towards attaining my Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (“QTLS”). Joanne: The PCET PGCE can open up employment opportunities in FE colleges, school sixth forms, prisons and work based training.

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Why study your course? And why at Edge Hill? If, like me, you’re working full time in a demanding job but you want gain a Masters qualification without stepping off the career ladder, this program is ideal. The course content is fantastic and student focused. There are some modules that stand out as particularly amazing, one of which I have just completed and has had a direct impact on my career development. As with all courses there are some modules that cover the necessary skills to complete the academic requirements but generally the course is exciting and engaging. I have studied at another university but Edge Hill and particularly the Faculty of Health is great at listening, responding and developing you as a customer and student.

What’s special about your course? The Course is: practical, relevant, new, exciting and engaging. You are studying with people who have a mix of skills and knowledge and your able to build networks whilst learning their from their experiences. The program leader encourages a collaborative learning experience where you feel able to talk about your learning without feeling silly. It’s a great qualification to have and it gives you the skills to get ahead in your career.

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