Teaching Courses at Edge Hill University

Hello again!

As you all know, Edge Hill University is renowned for its fantastic undergraduate and postgraduate teaching courses ranging from early years to further education. Before teaching a class of 30 children myself, I had no idea how much is involved in teaching. I also didn’t realise how much value it had. Whether it is watching a pupil understand a concept for the first time or adding a smile to their day, it made all the hard work SO worth it.

You can find more information about each type of degree and course here. The structure for each course will vary year to year, but this is a general outline of my course (Primary Education with QTS).

Specialism

Edge Hill’s teaching course is unique in the way that you can specialise in a subject when teaching primary. I chose to specialise in Science, with Art as my minor specialism. These extra modules allow us to deepen our knowledge in those certain areas and they may become a valuable edge to have when applying to be a subject lead. Therefore, when we graduate, our degree includes our major subject specialism e.g. primary science education with QTS.

Modules

My modules are slightly different this year to my previous years. This is a list of the type of modules in my degree…

  • English and Computing
  • Science and Maths
  • APD (academic professional development)
  • Major specialism
  • Minor specialism
  • Reflective practitioner (started this year)
  • Professional practice

Unlike a lot of degrees, the bulk of our modules are made up of seminars instead of lectures. This is one of the reasons this course appealed to me. Most weeks we attend one or two lectures which is a good chance to ask general questions and deepen our knowledge of various concepts. However, I enjoy the discussions and liveliness involved with our 1-2 hour seminars… and I am sure you will too!

Professional practice

As my degree is a 3-year course, placement is more spread out compared to a PGCE. This means, we completed 7 weeks in first year, 8 weeks in second year and 10 weeks in third year. Professional practice is the chance for you to understand what it is really like to have your own class. Before I started teaching in first year, I was worried I would not have the confidence. However, after lots of experience and support from the university and the school, I was able to complete my placements with success. No matter how nervous you might feel, experience will help you become the teacher you want to be!

Assessments

For primary education, there has not been a dissertation or sit-down exams. Instead we are assessed on assignments throughout the year, portfolios and lesson observations. I have enjoyed the variation in assessments and I am here to answer any further questions you may have!

I hope this has been useful in giving you more of an insight into teaching courses at Edge Hill.

Speak soon,

Five Top Tips for Completing Your Student Finance Application

Hi everyone, since Student Finance has opened, I thought I would use this blog to provide five top tips for completing your application!

 1. You don’t need an offer to apply

If you are still waiting for offers, no problem, you can still apply! Complete your application using your first preferred university and course, and if this changes you can update your application later on.


2. Make sure your application details are correct

Have your UCAS course code to hand and choose the correct academic year and mode of study i.e. full-time – this is very important if you don’t want your loan delayed.


3. Provide any supporting documentation quickly

You might be asked to send original documents with your application, if you are, send any documents requested from Student Finance by recorded delivery and track the delivery as you definitely won’t want them to get lost in the post.


4. Do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions

Lots of support and guidance is offered by Student Finance themselves in the Student Finance Zone – scroll down to the bottom of the page for links to your correct student finance as they are different depending on where you live in the UK. Just make sure you apply before the deadline to get your money on time.  In my case I applied through Student Finance NI. Additionally, if you still have any questions you can email think@edgehill.ac.uk


5. Enrol promptly to release your funding in September

Your first payment is usually made around 3-5 working days after you are registered on course and the Uni has confirmed your attendance with Student Finance so it is important you complete your enrolment. Details are sent out to firm choice students over the summer so look out for that.

Thanks for reading and good luck 🙂

 

 

 


Why I Chose to Study at Edge Hill

Hello everyone, for today’s blog I thought I would talk more about Edge Hill and why I chose to come here, bear in mind these won’t be the same reasons for everyone but I thought they might help provide some extra insight at least.


The accommodation: While to some this may not be a big factor, to me personally it was,  I would be spending a lot of my time there including weekends since home was in Northern Ireland. The halls I stayed in were very modern and featured a good-sized shared kitchen, own en-suite and high-speed wi-fi. They are also on campus as well which is especially convenient for getting to classes in the morning.


The location: Edge Hill is located outside of a major city but that was something that suited me fine as I came from a town area back home. The uni’s location next to Ormskirk town means there are plenty of options shop wise and the convenient rail links into Liverpool city centre and Preston allow for easy and cheap travel especially with a rail card to these and other places.


The Course: I chose to study Film and TV production, and a big part of that choice was down to the fact it was focused around both Film and TV whereas other courses I had looked at were just film. I wanted to keep my options open for the future and choosing a course that had both seemed like the most logical choice. The facilities available at Edge Hill including the famed Creative Edge were also another factor in why I chose the course.


The Campus: Edge Hill offers everything you need on campus including a bar, nightclub, shop, subway etc which are all useful things to have especially as a first year student who will probably be spending a lot of time on campus.


These are some of the main reasons I chose to study at Edge Hill and hopefully they have helped provide some insight for you as well! Any more questions just let me know and thanks for reading!

Jordan

My Personal Experience on a Campus Tour

Hello everyone, in my last blog I talked about the various ways you can visit Edge Hill if you are looking at studying here next year as a student. Following on from that, in this blog I will talk about my own experience on a campus tour and how it helped me to choose Edge Hill.

Coming from Northern Ireland it was always going to be more difficult to come visit as in my case it would involve getting a coach then a plane and then trains from John Lennon airport. Because of work and college commitments at home I was unable to make an open day or an applicant visit day which was a real shame so I set looking at finding out other times to visit. This was when I found out about campus tours that run every month.

After booking on to a tour I still felt worried I wouldn’t get to see anything specific to my chosen course in Film and TV Production, So I emailed Think Edge Hill and asked them if there was a possibility, that a lecturer could maybe come talk to me more about the course. Thankfully the university were very helpful and on the day, one of the senior lecturers showed me around Creative Edge as well as answering all the questions I had on the course which was really helpful to me. After this I went on the planned campus tour where I got to see more of Edge Hill like the SU and the library as well as other important things like student accommodation. The guides were really helpful and did there best to answer everyone’s question’s. 

I left Edge Hill that afternoon, after spending only a few hours on campus, feeling certain that I was going to choose Edge Hill to study at, so in my experience even though I missed the other visiting events, I still received enough information and insight to make an informed decision which at the end of the day is what your main aim should be when visiting universities.

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

Finding the right University!

Hi I’m Charlotte, and for my first blog post I thought I would talk to you about the importance of open days and finding the right university. As I hope you’re aware, the deadline for UCAS applications is fast approaching, as we get closer to Christmas and into the New Year. Most of you are probably preparing for your mock exams that could be before Christmas, in the New Year, or maybe you have already done them which must be a relief. If you are yet to do your mock exams, just remember that these are generally the grades that get put onto your application for UCAS (well thats what it was like for me) and so they are important and you should try and put your all into them. Anyway enough about exams, the main focus of this post is about open days and the importance of finding the right university for you.


Personally for me it was very difficult to get to open days as I come from overseas and so needed to get a plane over which costs a lot. However it is slightly easier for those of you who are from the U.K. If you do come from overseas like me or don’t live around the area, most universities are very accommodating if you tell them where you come from and will try and find a way to make things easier for you.

Anyway, for me it was particularly important to find the right university as I was coming so far away. However for anyone I would recommend going to as many Open Days that you seem necessary, I know for me when I went to other universities there was just something missing, however when I came to Edge Hill, I just fell in love with not only the campus and the opportunities, but also the surrounding community. This is something I wouldn’t have known, had I not come to an Open Day. You get to see and hear things on an open day that you cannot find online, and a lot of the time it is important things such as do they have the facilities so that you can carry on with your hobbies or am I going to be able to have my ensuite bathroom.


For this reason, I highly recommend going to Open Days, as it will help you find “the one” (as in the university for you, not a love companion). The last Open Day of the year was this Saturday, but fear not you can book onto one of Edge Hill’s monthly Campus Tours.

“The time will pass anyway, you can either spend it creating the life you want or spend it living the life you don’t want. The choice is yours.”

Charlotte

A Year Until Uni

So you’re in your final year… are you feeling sad, anxious or relieved? I remember feeling all three things! Here are a few tips to make the most of your final year of college / sixth form.

  1. What’s your goal?

Make sure you know what you’re aiming for by talking to your teachers, friends and family. Are you applying for jobs, university or a course? Whatever you decide to do, make sure you use this year to gain experience and do the best you can in your coursework and exams.

  1. Get involved

As it is your last year of school, try to get involved with different things that are going on. I know it may vary in different colleges / sixth forms, but if there are year book and prom committees you could volunteer! (It’s fun AND will look good on your CV). Instead, maybe you would be good at mentoring younger pupils in a subject of your choice.

  1. You do you

However, extra-curricular stuff can be a challenge sometimes whislt trying to balance it with your work and revision. So do not panic! You will have plenty of opportunities at university such as joining a sports team or different societies.

  1. Research and visit your university

Throughout my last year I was constantly researching Edge Hill and the things they have to offer. This really motivated me when revising for exams because I knew that was my end goal. Visiting Edge Hill will give you the chance to explore the beautiful campus and modern accommodation. If you think it looks good on the pictures, prepare to be blown away! You can book an open day here – I highly recommend it!

I hope you have a great week! Speak soon,

Writing your Personal Statement

You may have written your personal statement already, you’re in the midst of it, or haven’t made a start on it yet… which is okay! I remember spending days looking at a blank word document wondering how to even start the thing. Here are some tips that might help you if you have the same problem:

  1. Make some notes

To start with, make some headings and bullet points. Think about you as a person, your achievements and your aims.

  1. Change perspective

Put yourself in a different position. What type of person would you look for to attend your university? Do not worry about being humble… it’s your chance to demonstrate why you deserve to get an offer!

  1. Ask for advice

Use all of your resources and talk to the people around you: your teachers, friends and family. Here is some advice and guidelines directly from UCAS.

  1. Don’t panic

Your personal statement is only the first step. Once you’re asked for an interview, this is your chance to truly shine – they understand that a person on paper is not the same person in real life!

  1. Check and double check!

I’m sure you’ve been told the importance of checking your work time and time again. Redrafting and checking for spelling / grammar is a simple but significant thing to do. Try not to ramble too much and make your sentences clear and concise.

I hope these few tips can help. Let me know if you have any questions! Most importantly, be yourself and you will go far!

Have a good week, 

Budgeting tips for university

Hi everyone,

As a lot of new students are still getting used to living away from home and fending for themselves I thought I would share some money-saving tips to help you make your money last as long as you can!

1. Know how much money you have on a monthly and weekly basis

If you can work out how much money you will have every week, it will definitely make it easier for you to budget your money for the things you need, and also how much money you have left to spend freely on what you wish.

2. Save as much as you can.

If you know you are moving to uni soon a good idea would be to save as much money as you can do that you know you will be ok financially and won’t be relying on your student loan. Or if you are already a student and have a job you could save some of your wage.

3. Be thrifty

A really good way to be thrifty is to shop at discount stores like b&m and Home Bargains. Also try not to buy branded products as you will definitely save money.

4. Cut back on spending!!

This is a tough one and something I still struggle with, but if you can try to cut back on your spending habits, downloading student discount apps such as UNiDAYS and student beans really help with saving money!

I hope this was helpful

Ellie 🙂

Clearing is STILL open!

Hi everyone!

UCAS – click here!

I hope that those of you who received your a level results last week are proud of yourselves no matter your grades! I thought I would make today’s post all about clearing as it wasn’t something I knew really existed until I applied through clearing myself!

I was very undecided about where to go to university until I went to an Edge Hill open day, unfortuantely they no longer ran the course I wanted to do so when results day rolled around I was still thinking about Edge Hill and was adamant I had to go there and as I had nowhere else lined up, clearing was my only option.

I was really nervous as to how it would go as I had no idea what to expect. But it was a really quick and easy process.

I rang the clearing number which is available on the UCAS website and once I was through to them I was asked about some contact details and then you are transferred to the clearing line at your chosen university. Someone will ask you what course you about your results and asks you some other questions and then you are finally put through to a member of the department your chosen course is in.

I spoke to one of the senior lectures in the English department and they just answered some questions and spoke to me about the course and what it entails and then I was accepted to Edge Hill!

The entirety of the phone call wasn’t long at all so it’s not something to get nervous about if you are considering clearing! I hope this helps any of you who are still unsure of what to do!

https://www.ucas.com/clearing-launch

Ellie 🙂