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!


Applicant Visit Days Ahoy!

With the beginning of February comes the Applicant Visit Days, typically held between now and March/April, non-interviewing applicants will soon receive notice of these wonderful days – maybe you already have! Although I personally did not attend an applicant visit day for Biology, I have worked for the Biology Department as an Applicant Visit Day Helper, therefore I know a little something about what goes down on one of these visit days.

The Edge Hill University Biology Department is home to many sub-disciplines, from ecology to human biology – despite this, students from different courses will certainly overlap both in the common first year and in shared modules. In account of this, the Applicant Visit Day has an introductory talk given to the cohort as a whole, as well as area specific activities with a focus on either ecology, human biology, or genetics, for example. When I worked the Applicant Visit Day last year, I supervised the ecology taster session – and introduction to invertebrate ecology and identification, using keys and microscopes. Also part of the Biology section on Applicant Visit Days is the building tour, where you get a better look at the labs and equipment available to use once you begin studying with us. With the opening of the Tech Hub and the top floor lab, there’s even more space and equipment to use!

The Biosciences building for Biology at Edge Hill

I have also worked for the Money Advice Team on applicant visit days, as a Money Buddy, positioned in The Hub. The Money Advice Team hold presentations on student finance, as well as budgeting – particularly from a student’s point of view (hence the Money Buddies). My role was to speak to potential future students about financial help offered by EHU as well as budgeting advice.

The Tech Hub

One of the pros of attending an Applicant Visit day (other than getting a better feel for your course and department) is getting to meet other students. If you’re worried about meeting new people at university, your course is the best place to start, and Applicant Visit days give you a head start. I hope you’re able to attend one and take advantage of this opportunity!

Biological Applicant Day

From February to April 1st, applicant days are occurring here at EHU and you may be wondering what it’s like and how it will benefit you. Since Edge Hill University is so far away from my hometown, I could only make it to an Open Day, and not the applicant day (plus, I was already certain Edge Hill was to be my firm choice). However, I had the opportunity to work on the recent Applicant Day, both for the Money Advice Team, and the Biology Department.

First up in the day was a talk by the Money Advice Team. This covered specifically the loans, grants, and budgeting involved with university. Personally, I spoke in the presentation about budgeting at university from a student perspective, but more information was given by another team member on the intricacies of the loan system and also how the university delivers its scholarships.

After the morning finance talk, we moved onto the biological section of the day. This portion was for prospective students only (bar the department tours) and took place in the biosciences building. It started with Paul Ashton, the department head, giving an introductory talk about the biology department, its research, and staff. Whilst prospective students go off to this section of the day, parents and caregivers can attend a talk aimed specifically at them, providing more details on finance, UCAS, and accommodation.

After this, the students were split into three, based on the type of degree they have applied for. The university currently offers five undergraduate biological science degrees: BSc Biology, BSc Ecology & Conservation, BSc Human Biology, BSc Genetics, BSc Biotechnology. Those who chose either Genetics or Biotechnology did a genetics based practical, those who chose Ecology & Conservation an ecological practical, and those who chose Human Biology a human based practical. For anyone who chose straight Biology, they could pick which they preferred.

Despite my degree being in Genetics, I also have an ecological focus, so assisted another current student in supervising the prospective ecologists along with Anne Oxbrough, Reader in Ecology. After a presentation detailing the degree a bit more, and what modules and trips were available, the practical began. The ecological practical was centred around invertebrate identification, using microscopes and keys to identify specimens down to the class, if not the order.

Once the practical was over, building tours were given to anyone interested in viewing the department’s facilities, including a demonstration of the scanning electron microscope (SEM) and insectary. Also, the new Tech Hub’s top floor was available to be toured, showing the new labs that might be used primarily for biotechnology in the coming years.

On a separate note, current students may have noticed the flags up in the Hub – this is because it is Edge Hill’s first ever Pride week! Events still to come are: pride social tonight; a trans-exclusive sexual health workshop on Thursday; and a pride march around the campus on Friday, along with the showing of Rent in the Arts Centre for Free Film (and food) Friday.

nice one edge hill 👌 #prideweek

A photo posted by james 🌙 (@clokkerfoot) on Feb 6, 2017 at 1:32pm PST

What can you expect from an Applicant Day?

If you have applied for a course that does not have an interview, such as Psychology, English, Computing, etc, then you will be, or have already been invited to an Applicant Day. The first of these are starting very soon, so what exactly can you expect from an Applicant Day?

Now, I did not attend one of these days as an applicant, as I had an interview instead, but I have had the opportunity to work these events as a Student Guide and get to meet and speak to potential students about my own experiences as a student here at Edge Hill.

In some ways, Applicant Days are very similar to Open Days. There is opportunities for campus and accommodation tours, which I highly recommend, especially if you have not been to an open day. The lovely people giving these tours will answer your questions as best as they possibly can, and there are plenty of staff around to answer any that they can’t!

However, unlike an Open Day, taster sessions are available, so that you have the opportunity to see what it would be like to study at Edge Hill. These are just for applicants, but parents and guardians can attend an information session too, that will help put them at ease – especially if you are the first in your family to go to university!

Feel free to speak to anybody wearing a purple bib on the day! The majority of these will be students who are studying the subjects that you have applied to do, so as well as answering questions about what uni life is like for them, they will also be able to tell you all about their experiences studying their subject!

I hope you have fun at the Applicant Days – and make sure to seek out the delicious refreshments on offer! Make sure you use this time to ask as many questions as you want. There are absolutely no stupid questions and this is your time to find out everything you need to know, to make sure that Edge Hill is the right place for you!

Transport to, from and around Edge Hill

Hello all, Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had a great start to the year and are enjoying a break from your colleges, sixth forms or other.

I’m sure one of the most important things to you is how you can travel to, from and around Edge Hill University. Before arriving to the Uni it was on the top of my list of stuff to know, as I’m the nervous type when travelling places!

Transport to and from Ormskirk

  • Ormskirk Train Station- there is a train station in the Ormskirk town centre which is very easily accessible. There are two platforms, so it’s a fairly small station, however this makes it less stressful when boarding your trains home for the first time! The train station has two exit ways, one of which is a short pathway to the bus station and the heart of the town centre.
Ormskirk Train Station
  • Ormskirk Bus Station- there is a bus station in the town centre, as I mentioned above, which again is small, however if your town offers buses to Ormskirk and it’s cheaper than trains it’s always an option! Here’s a link to a page which shows you the buses available and links to timetables:

Transport to and from Edge Hill University

  • Walking- thankfully, the University is only a short walk from the town centre! If you’re a fan of walking or the other transportation services are not running, it only takes roughly 10 minutes to walk back or into town, and it’s a straight road that you can follow and end up in the heart of the town centre.
  • Edge Link Bus- Edge Hill have one of the most useful transportation offers set in place: a free bus that runs between the University and the town centre! You just need to show the driver your Uni ID. This is incredibly helpful, as it means you don’t have to spend money on transport to and from doing your grocery shopping, work or any fun activities you might do! The bus currently stops at two places on campus- the Security hut which is at the very front of the Uni and by Creative Edge, which is close to the Chancellors Court accommodation- and stops at the bus station in Ormskirk. Here is a link to a page which has the current timetable for you to see what it’s like and info on things such as ticket prices if you forget your Uni ID:
Edge Link Bus
  • Taxi services- there are a couple of taxi services in Ormskirk which are always on hand to get you to and from the University if the bus isn’t running or you’re out late. It usually costs me £3 a trip, so it’s not too expensive, however I wouldn’t make a habit of taking taxis as it can add up!

How you arrive at Edge Hill in September or for Applicant Visit or Open Days if you choose to do so depends on where abouts you are coming from, however, I hope that this has given you a bit of insight into what is available around Ormskirk and the University so that you can make any enquiries into transport that you need to!

I hope you all have a wonderful day 🙂

Applicant Visit Days at Edge Hill

Recently my psychology department held it’s annual applicant visit day for people looking to study Psychology at Edge Hill in September. But what is it an applicant visit day? What does it consist of? Is it worth going to one? Do I need to book on one? The aim of this blog post is to answer these questions and enlighten you on applicant visit days at Edge Hill university based on my own applicant visit day in January 2012 (how time flies!)

First of all before I could make the trip up to Edge Hill with my dad (he hadn’t visited Edge Hill previous to the visit day, the first time I visited Edge Hill was with my mum on an open day) I had to book online to let them know I was coming. Then when the day I arrived I got the bus and then two trains up to Ormskirk with my dad, and after having a look round Ormskirk we went up to campus where we were welcomed in the Health and Social Care building by student guides who were giving out bags of goodies and whose jobs it was to show us around campus. We also attended a welcome talk given by the then program leader for Psychology – Dr. Debbie Pope (she’s since left). After that we had a tour of the campus before lunch (which was a free buffet provided for us by the edge hill catering services). Then in the afternoon I went off for a taster session with the other applicants there that day, whilst my dad attended a talk for parents/carers. All in all it was a worth while day because it confirmed my feelings that Edge Hill was the place for me.

To summarise, is it worth going to one? Yes. Do I need to book onto one? Yes. What does one consist of? As you can see from above, it consists of a welcome talk, a campus tour and a taster session for your course.

Anyway I hope you have found this blog informative when it comes to applicant visit days at Edge Hill, and if you still want more information you can use the link below which comes with a video showing an applicant visit day 🙂

Visiting Edge Hill

Whilst I was certain from the moment that I applied to Edge Hill that I wanted to go there, it wasn’t until the Applicant Visit Day that I really started to become excited.

The most valuable part of the day for me was the taster sessions. The day was especially for joint honours students so I attended a taster session for each of my subjects.

In creative writing about thirty of us sat in a room and took part in discussions before doing writing exercises. I had been a bit dubious initially- I had doubts that I’d ever just be able to write on cue- but by being given certain scenarios, requirements and restrictions I soon found myself inspired and writing away. This felt like a breakthrough for me, as I’d had writers block for the previous two years which I’d spent working in fast food, and it made me all the more sure that I was taking a positive step.

The film studies taster was a lot more intimate; a group of five of us sat round a table discussing Cult Cinema, a subject that greatly interests me and that I can speak passionately about for quite a while. After the session I remember thinking that this was exactly how I wished my first time at university had been.

After the film session we were each given a pack that included information about our tutors and a history of cinema
After the film session we were each given a pack that included information about our tutors and a history of cinema

After the applicant day I was a lot more nervous to start, as well as a lot more excited. It all suddenly felt very real and I began to get worried that I’d struggle with the workload or feel out of my depth.

Now that I’ve completed my first semester at Edge Hill University I know that I was wrong to worry and that when I put the effort in the workload isn’t an issue.

The applicant visit day was really helpful in that it gave me a much clearer idea of what the next few years are going to be like, and I’d recommend that everybody attends one.

You can find out more about visiting the university HERE.

BA, Bsc, BMus, BEng, LLM, MPhil, MEd, MBA, PhD – The Different (Music) Degree Types

I think the best way to explain these types is through applying them to the broad discipline of MUSIC as I think nearly every type of degree can be applied to it… There seems to be a general (seriously, I am generalising here) creative to technical spectrum when it comes to Music and Audio in higher education.

me in library 2
Be aware of the differences between BA, BMus, BSc and BEng “Music Technology” degrees – They might have the same title, but they aim at different skill sets!

BA (Hons)

The BA (Hons) in Music / Popular Music / Commercial Music / Music Production is highly creative and culturally minded. These degrees typically use three themes – Production, Sociology and Business. Some degrees focus on one theme more than the other of course, such as Popular Music usually focussing more on Sociology, and Music Technology usually focussing more on creative Production. There are also BA (Hons) ‘s in Music Education.

BMus (Hons)

Similar to the BA, the Bachelor in Music is designed for usually classical musicians and the focus is on Composition and Performance. There can be an academic element where music in the context of history, sociology and technology is explored. Mostly the approach is practical with musicianship coaching, workshops and assessed performances. BMus degrees are common in Conservatoires.

BSc (Hons)

The Bachelor of Science in music usually gets applied to Music Technology and sometimes Music Production. Although there can be a slight creative side to these degrees (it is not unusual for a BSc Music Technology degree to have modules where you build your own instruments and record a short soundtrack ect), the focus is of course on the Science of music. It’s highly practical and you may be asked to use a soldering iron to build music hardware like circuits and synths, build a working speaker, and even create interactive Sound Art and so on. Think of it like a music degree for electricians and / or technicians.

BEng (Hons)

At the other end of the spectrum is the Bachelor of Engineering. This is more Sound territory than Music as the focus is on hardcore scientific technologies, so I recommend applicants are those who want to pursue a career as a super advanced audio technician. Sound is broadly about technology, perception, reception, acoustic space and even maths. You may be required to design (and build) complex audio systems, apply mathematics to acoustics design, and apply computer coding.

LLB (Hons)

The Bachelor of Law can be gained is you want to go into say Entertainment Law. I’m no expert on Lawyers (or even law degrees) but it is common knowledge that Lawyers get massive rewards, but I assume finding an job as an Entertainment Lawyer is a soul destroying process because that job is, for obvious reasons, extremely competitive.

Postgraduate Options – PGCE, MEd, MBA, MPhil, PhD

It may be that postgraduates apply for Master of Education (not necessarily teacher training, although some Universities offer the opportunity to add credits from a Post Graduate Certificate in Education to some additional modules afterwards, so students can be ‘topped up’ and awarded the MEd quickly afterwards), or an Masters of Business Administration for developing an innovative business mind. An Master of Philosophy or Masters by Research are research masters in which applicants can lead their own route of study instead of doing taught Masters. And finally if you want to be an Academically qualified Doctor, a Doctorate of Philosophy being successfully gained can grant this. Just remember postgraduates usually fund their own studies and living costs.

So there we have it! As I have said before in a previous post it’s one thing to read the letter code before the degree title and something very different to experiencing the course itself. In my experience, the differences between course types only hits you properly when you visit an Open Day / Applicant Visit Day for that course! 

Applicant Visit Days

Now that the UCAS deadline for university applications has passed, many of you will be considering which of the universities you applied for is going to be your firm (1st) and insurance choice (2nd). One way that might help you in your decision-making process is to tend an applicant visit day which are run by most universities for most courses. Edge Hill is one university that puts on these days. Reading this your probably wondering what one is and what one involves.

To help clear things up a bit I had my Edge Hill Applicant visit day back in January 2012. I remember arriving on campus with my dad (he works from home so was able to come with me that day) and having a talk in the Faculty of Health and Social Care lecture theatre about the Psychology course at Edge Hill and talk on accommodation from the accommodation team. We were then given a campus and accommodation tour from a student guide before lunch. Afterwards my dad went off with the other parents there that day whilst I went off with the other applicants for a taster session.

I have to say even though I knew I wanted to come to Edge Hill from the open day, the applicant visit day helped me to further realise my love for it. If you still want more information then there’s a video below along with a page giving you more information on these days