What is the Primary Education course all about?

Hey everyone, I hope you all had an amazing weekend and are ready for the week ahead! I cannot believe that it is February already. This made me realise that a lot of you may have already had your interview for Edge Hill University as I had mine around a year ago!

This post will hopefully offer some more information about the Primary Education with QTS course that I am currently studying here and loving every minute of it. Enjoy!


What is the timetable like?

Personally, I find that the timetable for Primary Education is very good as it keeps me busy. Others would say that the timetable is rather ‘jam-packed,’ which is true but, in my opinion , the more classes, the better. 

My timetable looks something like this;

  • Monday – Independent Study
  • Tuesday – Minor Specialism
  • Wednesday – Foundation subject seminars which are sometimes followed by a curriculum lecture
  • Thursday – Core subjects such as; computing, maths and English
  • Friday – APD lecture followed by science then an APD seminar.

This timetable varies between the year group and over the years. As I said, some people may find this timetable rather busy but I love it because it keeps me busy, occupied and you appreciate the weekend more. Don’t worry, you still have time for socializing and going to any societies which makes the timetable much better.

 

Any exams?

Nope! Thankfully we have no written exams and so our grade is based on  assignments and our professional practice. This is good if you are better at writing essays with no looming time limit in a large hall but you need to have some self-discipline! Those assignments are not going to write and reference themselves, start them early so that there is no rush before the dreaded deadline.

I am currently on my professional practice and I am loving every single minute of it! A visiting tutor comes in to assess you against the Teacher Standards which means you must work very hard to involve yourself in every aspect of school life. Luckily for me, I am in an amazing school that has given me so many great opportunities for learning.

 

Duration?

The course that I am studying is a 3 year course. Each year you have a block placement that gets longer each year. For example, in first year currently, we are all on a 7 week block placement and then next year it will be longer.

First year has seriously gone by so fast so I have no idea how quickly the next couple of years of my life are going to go!

 

What are the staff and lectures like?

I am so happy that I chose Edge Hill University as my place to study to become a teacher. The staff and lecturers are amazing in terms of support and advice they give you, even during placement! 

All the lectures and seminars are really interactive and interesting so there is no need to worry about falling asleep at a 9am lecture because you will not want to miss it. You can tell that so much thought has been put in to each presentation and seminar which makes them so worth while coming to.

If you do happen to miss a lecture due to illness, some lectures are recorded and put up on Blackboard, a place we can all access work materials and assignment guidance. However, a recorded lecture is never the same as the real deal, trust me.


I hope that this post has been helpful to those of you who have applied to study Primary Education with QTS. It really is an amazing course, offering so many opportunities to expand your learning and experiences. I cannot wait for the next two years!

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.”

– Brad Henry – 

Prepping for your interview! 👩🏽‍🎓

Hello! February already?

I’ve just had an ‘on this day’ memory come up on my Facebook of me travelling back to the UK for my interview at Edge Hill. The fact that this was a whole year ago is absolutely absurd but here we are. Honestly, time flies.

All interviews are different, all courses have specific criteria or procedures to allow you onto the course. If you’re a prospectus trainee teacher and the Edge Hill liked your application, you should, if not already, have an interview date. Hoorah! Now, what to do?

Prep, prep, prep.  📝

The most important thing you can do is to prepare. The interview process for Primary Ed QTS can seem quite daunting at first, but as long as you know your stuff and breathe, you’ll be fine. There is a maths test, a short English writing task, a 10-15-minute one-to-one interview with someone from the panel, and finally a group task. It’s nearly a full day.

Revise your basic maths, quick tips and tricks for multiplication/division/number facts. They provide you with areas that the test will cover so make sure you go over these beforehand. The English task isn’t something you can really prepare for, just write from the heart with some good grammar thrown in and you’ll be fine.

 The interview is where you need to show your passion and enthusiasm, get your answers ready. “Why do you want to be a teacher” “What is the most important thing about teaching?” “What makes you make a good teacher?” – these aren’t guaranteed questions, but they’re likely to come up!

Relax. 💆🏽

I spent the morning, the entire day, and all evening throwing up and feeling nauseous. I very rarely feel nervous at all, but I’ve never experienced anything like that. I think I felt this sick was because this is something I wanted so badly, I didn’t apply for anywhere else because I didn’t want to go anywhere else. A risky move, but I was sure it was Edge Hill. If I didn’t get in, I didn’t have a backup – don’t do that, it’s not smart. I spent the night before practising maths, reading notes, researching interview questions – don’t do that either. Get all your prep done and go over it the week before but leave the night before to relax and chill out. This is so important.

Believe in yourself.  💕

You can definitely, undoubtedly do it. It’s okay to feel nervous, and don’t be scared to say “Sorry, I’m just feeling a little nervous.” They’ll help you and calm you down. That’s one thing I can truly say about my interview process was that all the staff I spoke to were so kind and calming and really helped to chill me out. Don’t worry.

Good luck to all and I hope to see you in September at Edge Hill (it’s the best choice!). Thanks for reading!

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Homesickness and how to tackle it!

Hey everyone!

As I come from Northern Ireland, the feeling of homesickness is very familiar and I especially felt it more when I returned to university after the holidays.

After feeling sorry for myself for a few days and texting my mum every 5 minutes throughout the day, I decided that I would try and do something about it. Read on to find out how I deal with homesickness!


What I Remind Myself…

I think that the first hurdle to overcome when you are feeling sad about being away from home is to remind yourself constantly that it is COMPLETELY normal. I sat in my room thinking that I was the only person that could be feeling like this at the moment but it wasn’t until I talked to a friend of mine that I realised, everyone goes through this. 

And so, after reminding myself of this everyday, the feeling started to ease as I knew that the feeling would come and go and when it does, it is okay to feel that way.

 

Talk to someone

As well as talking to your friends about what you are feeling, there are so many other people in the University that would be more than happy to talk to you and offer any advice.

When I was feeling the way I was about being away from home, I reached out to CampusLife with an email and they responded within minutes with so much advice on what I could do to help me overcome how I was feeling. They told me about ‘That Thursday Thing’ which is where a group of people meet up and just chat or take part in activities. They were so helpful and they will even offer to send out their student connectors to your halls to check up on you and to have a chat about how you are feeling.

 

Stay connected to family and friends from home

When I first felt homesick back in September, the last thing that I wanted to do was phone my mum, dad or anyone from home because I thought it would only make me feel worse. I even declined any pictures that my mum tried to send to me of my dog which, if anyone knows me, I would have NEVER done.

I quickly found that talking to my family and friends from home on a regular basis, whether that be through text or FaceTime, really helped me through the tougher times and made me appreciate them more. Till this day, I still ring, text and FaceTime home just for a catch up but, mostly for pictures of my dog…

Rosie really takes the whole ‘even my dog is prettier than I am’ statement to a whole new level…


I really hope that this post will remind people that feeling homesick is so normal and there are so many things that can be done to tackle it but these are the three main tips that I follow when I start to feel a million miles away from home.

“When you feel homesick,’ he said, ‘just look up. Because the moon is the same wherever you go.”

-The Goldfinch-

Nights Out at Edge Hill

Hello guys!

Since I am coming to the end of my placement, I am very much looking forward to a night out with my friends (even though I will miss my pupils VERY much!).

I thought I would share with you my ideas on a good night out at Edge Hill…

  1. Students Union Bar

You can always rely on the student’s union bar for a good night out, ESPECIALLY on Wednesday nights for socials! Each week, you can expect to see different societies or sports teams out with different themes (I have joined in with football, basketball and even our own primary education social!). The drinks are cheap and the taxi is £3 from Ormskirk if you do not live on campus and don’t really fancy the walk!

  1. Alpine

Oh Alpine… what can I say? This place has been the beginnings of many memories during my university experience. The music, and most of all, the people, have made it the perfect place for a good night out. You’re guaranteed to have a good boogie with your mates or splash out on the delicious happy hour cocktails!

  1. Bars

Ormskirk is full of cute places to grab some gentle drinks, with Dinky Dory and The Mad Hatter being two of my favourites.

  1. LIVERPOOL

And of course… there is Liverpool which is ONLY a 35-minute train ride away. Also, if you manage to book a taxi in advance, it can sometimes work out as a similar price. Liverpool is bigger than Ormskirk but not as big as places like Manchester. So, if you’re feeling like a bigger night out, Liverpool is the place for you. Initially, I thought I would travel to Liverpool every other week… until I realised that Ormskirk is JUST AS GOOD!

Where do you like going out?

Until next time,

 

Visiting Edge Hill as A Prospective Student

Hey guys, for this blog I’m going to talk about visiting Edge Hill as a prospective student what you can expect and what is available to you.

Chances are if you are looking at university as an option you have probably selected five universities to put down on your application, or maybe you are looking to change university, if you have selected Edge Hill, you might now be thinking about visiting the place soon to get a proper feel for it. So I’m just going to give you a few different pointers on when you can visit and what will be going on.

Applicant Visit Days: These vary in times and nature between courses but they are generally available to people who receive an offer that doesn’t require an interview or audition. Visit day’s are a good way to get a feel for your course specifically as they are tailored for it, with relevant tutors and subject taster sessions.

Open Days:  These are days where the whole campus is opened up to people to come see the inner workings of the university. People are given the chance to see the campus, the accommodation, as well as experience more course-related things like subject presentations.

Open day

Campus Tours: If like me you live further away, open days and applicant visit days may not be on at suitable times for you. So Edge Hill also offers the opportunity to visit for a campus tour. These are held every month with additional dates over February as well. Tours are another great way to look around the university, they offer the opportunity to be taken around the various facilities and areas by a guide, with a presentation on aspects like student finance and a Q&A to follow. Edge Hill also offers Ad Hoc campus tours which can be arranged for a time and date suitable to you if coming from abroad and can’t make any of the other dates.  These also offer the chance to be shown the campus by a guide, with viewings of some accommodations although these won’t be as in-depth as the usual campus tours, they are still a viable option.

Whatever you choose, just know that seeing any university including Edge Hill first hand will help make any decisions in the future a lot easier! I will include useful information links below and thanks for reading!

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/visit-us/

Jordan

The Sports Centre at Edge Hill!

Hi everyone,

As I mentioned in my previous post I now have a membership at the Edge Hill’s Sports Centre! I’m still at the beginning of my fitness journey so I will definitely be updating you on how that’s going later on.

But, I think that the facilities at the Sports Centre are incredible and there is so much to do that will suit everyone at all ages and abilities – you can take a look at their website by clicking here. So, I thought I would give you all a quick run through of what’s available!

 

The Sports Centre has two sets of changing rooms for both the fitness suite and the swimming facilities, both include showers. I also absolutely love that there are hairdryers and straighteners available too! There are lots of lockers as well so you never have to worry about leaving your belongings unattended.

The fitness suite itself has lots of equipment from treadmills to bikes and cross trainers, as well as a designated weights area. The gym equipment also has a TV screen so that you can stay entertained during work outs. For example you can watch Netflix and YouTube or even listen to the radio!

Every single day there are a variety of classes you can go to such as yoga, Zumba, HIIT and lots more. I would love to have a go at doing yoga and legs, bums and tums as they sound great! Classes are well priced for non-members as well at just £3.50!

The swimming pool is one of my favourite things, I’ve been a couple of times now and I love it in there! You can swim freely or in a single lane and there are also classes such as Aqua Fit. It’s a great way to guarantee you won’t go on your phone for a good hour and you can just switch off from uni work.

So far I’m really enjoying doing some exercise and I find it’s really good mentally as well. I’m finding that I am really looking forward to it each time I visit the gym! I’ll be sure to keep you all updated.

Ellie 🙂

 

Starting a society and planning an event!

Recently a group of us from psychology were encouraged to create a psychology society, to not only bring psychology students together but also other people that are interested in psychology. It was a rather lengthy yet simple process to become a new society, and I thought it would be good to share my experience with you, along with the event that has just taken place.

Firstly, starting up the society was pretty fun, we had to be creative and come up with a name and a logo but we also had to think about what we wanted to stand for and what the society would do. As a group we completed a short application form, where we had to decide who would be in what roles and what we wanted to do, we also set up a number of different social media accounts so that when the society was approved we could share it and get people involved. Once we had completed that it was then just a waiting game as to when the SU confirmed we could be a society and we could get started.

However in the mean time we wanted to get an event sorted as a big opening and start to the society. We were lucky enough to have lots of tutors willing to support us in any way that they could, which made it a little less stressful. We were lucky enough to be able to organise Alan Baddeley to come and give us a talk on “Working memory: Ambling and Stumbling towards the multicomponent model”, which was very interesting I must say.

It wasn’t always easy when planning the event and starting the society, due to not being an official society for a while it was difficult for us to market the society and the talk. However this was resolved due to having the support from tutors as they were able to mention it in their lectures but we were also lucky enough to have lots of support from the SU who were able to help us put posters around and on the screens around campus. Everything was quite well planned until the day came along and unfortunately it had snowed and so trains were cancelled, and so we did face some delays and worries that Professor Alan wasn’t going to be able to make it. However he made it just in time and we were able to start. So although some things didn’t go to plan along the way, it was sorted and the event went well. 5

 

My Experience Working for Edge Hill

Hi guys, in my last blog which you can read here. Working at Edge Hill

I talked about the various job opportunities available on campus, following on from that I thought I would talk a bit about my experience working for the university and what you can generally expect.


At the start of my first year at Edge Hill I was looking for some basic part-time work which unfortunately wasn’t going very well, because of my want to go from home in Northern Ireland to Uni over various holidays it was difficult to find something this flexible to fit around that. While searching for roles I came across one being advertised by Edge Hill to become a student mentor, after a read of the role itself I submitted an application which involved giving some test answers. After this I received an email a few weeks later saying I had been successful!


Once I had received the email, a suitable date was arranged between me and the other applicants to attend a training session on campus, where I was trained on the role itself and it’s responsibilities as well as meeting the staff in charge of overseeing the work, and the other students who had also been chosen for the role. The training itself was really well explained and done in a relaxed atmosphere so there was nothing to worry about.


The role itself is one that is done online from your own phone or laptop and while it varies a bit, it generally involves you putting in a couple of hours a week. The best thing about this online work is that while you do have to make sure your checking up on it and doing what is required. You are allowed complete flexibility in when you want to work which is something that is really nice to have. The Edge Hill staff I have been in contact with when working for the university have also been really helpful and provide plenty  of information for me to make sure I know what I’m doing.


So, that’s my experience so far and I think if you are looking for a bit of extra work to compliment your studies then these roles are here to apply for when available if your interested. Thanks for reading and feel free to ask any questions.

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/careers/students/part-time-jobs/

Jordan

Graduation is approaching…

Hello and happy Saturday!

For the past 2 years I have scrolled past the advertisement for the graduation ball thinking “oh that’s not going to be me any time soon…” And suddenly… it is.  I have actually bought a ticket for my graduation ball and I can’t really believe it!

Edge Hill University has given me so much and I don’t think I feel ready to leave!!! (I know I’m not quite leaving yet… but I’m sure that the last few months will go pretty fast). This makes me realise how JEALOUS I am of you freshers!!! SO my point to you is… do not wish university life away. Soon, you will NOT be scrolling past the graduation ball advertisements too! Here are some of my favourite things about the past couple of years at Edge Hill:

Ormskirk

Ormskirk has been the perfect place to enjoy university life. The beautiful countryside does not stop the town from having a buzzing nightlife filled with bars, live music and pubs.

My Course

My primary education course has provided brilliant teaching experience and interesting seminars where I have made life-long friends.  

Campus

Edge Hill’s campus is the main reason why I decided to apply here. The modern accommodation and never-ending list of things to do makes it a wonderful place to be. Wednesday night socials, karaoke and the student quiz nights are some of the wonderful events that take place at the SU.

When you arrive at Edge Hill on move in Sunday, you will see for yourself how great your university experience will be… so enjoy every single day and make the most of it!

Speak soon,

Working at Edge Hill

Hello everyone! For this blog I thought I would talk about working while studying and specifically, working for the university.


Throughout the Edge Hill campus, there are a variety of job’s available to students in different areas of the university. The town and surrounding areas are also obviously viable places to apply for jobs and you should apply to lot’s of places if you are looking, but Edge Hill is especially good because of the rapport between you as a student and the university. Working for Edge Hill as a student might mean less issues brought up by holiday’s or getting paid the wrong amount etc that might occur within other workplaces.


There are a variety of roles on campus from traditional part-time physical roles that would involve working at the location week by week at whatever the task entails. This could be work within the Library, the sports centre or the SU bar. There are also more flexible roles such as working as a student ambassador or a student guide for open days. These roles may only be over certain days or weeks and can function as a good extra on top of your studies or any work you already have. The university also offers mainly online roles to apply for such as vlogging, blogging and online mentoring. These roles are primarily ones you can work at on your own time whenever you see fit, and offer great flexibility in choosing when and how long you want to work for, they are also great ways to subsidise your studies or another job.


Edge Hill does post vacancies throughout the year through its vacancies service for students which I will link below so keep checking if you are interested, but around the start of the year is when more vacancies will be posted so if you are a current or prospective student, make sure you are looking around then if you are interested as jobs here and off campus are in really high demand. I will leave a link to more information on jobs and the vacancy service as well if you are interested, and any questions just let me know and thanks for reading!

https://careerhub.edgehill.ac.uk/students/login?ReturnUrl=%2fstudents%2fjobs

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/careers/students/part-time-jobs/

Jordan