Search our site
Search our site

Primary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status BA(Hons): What our students say

Student profiles

Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.

Paul Ryan

Name: Paul Ryan
Age: 24
Course: BA(Hons) Primary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status
Level: In 2nd year of study
Route to University: Mature student
Accommodation: Rents privately with friends

"If anyone had asked me at school if I would ever become a teacher I would have said ‘definitely not'. It certainly took a few years for me to arrive at the stage where I decided that I wanted to embark on an ITT course.

"After my A-Levels I needed a break and some time to think so I went down another career route, but I felt I had more to offer. I wanted to do something where reward was inherent in what I was doing, rather than just in the pay cheque.

"I had memories of the kind of fulfilment I was after from some work with children I had done in the past and those memories, combined with an interest in education and learning that I had never really explored, led me to apply for this course.

"I chose English as my specialism because I felt speaking, listening, reading and writing are fundamental to children's development and a way of stimulating imagination and creativity.

"Since being here I have found Kingston has hardworking lecturers who care deeply about what they are doing. There's plenty of opportunity for group work, which makes a sociable, collaborative style of learning that I would like to promote in my own teaching. Some of the lectures have been really interactive and stimulating and I find what the lecturers do in their teaching has an effect on mine.

"The School of Education provides all students on the course with a tutor who is there to help with any problems. Meetings can be arranged and I have found my tutors to be incredibly helpful when I have approached them with some of the stresses I have encountered.

"One of the most interesting classes was a Special Educational Needs (SEN) research project. It was already a subject where I held a particular interest. I have also particularly enjoyed my specialism classes, which have given me a valuable insight into exciting methods of helping children engage with classic texts that could be considered to be inaccessible.

"Last year's placement was very informative. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with an excellent teacher who had a really good relationship with her class. I learnt a great deal about behaviour management and teaching in general. This year's first week of school experience, which I have just finished, has been particularly positive and enjoyable as well.

"I think the most valuable thing about this course is the real feeling that I am building my knowledge and developing my thinking."

 

Linda Darlington

Name: Linda Darlington
Age: 42
Course: BA(Hons) Primary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status
Level: In second year of study
Route to University: Mature student, one-year Access to Teaching course
Accommodation: Own home

"I had always wanted to go into teaching but I didn't have a degree so I decided to go to college to do the Access to Teaching course. I then attended an open day at Kingston School of Education and immediately liked the feel of the place. The helpful nature of the lecturers was very reassuring.

"I think the standard of teaching at Kingston is excellent. The lecturers all have their own techniques, which is a learning experience in itself, and their subject knowledge is vast. They are a very impressive bunch.

"The Kingston Hill campus is a beautiful site to be based on. The Learning Resource Centre and other facilities are good, but I really love the Teaching Library. It is the kind of place you can get lost in for days, finding fun and interesting resources for use in school.

"This is the first time that I have worked on group tasks and assignments. I didn't feel comfortable with the idea at first but now I really enjoy it. Learning this way has become a valuable tool. It's nice to be mixing with so many lovely students who all have a similar career path planned. We are close and very supportive of each other.

"My subject specialism is English. I chose it because I love literature and reading. This part of the course has been fascinating and, with the help of an inspiring team of lecturers, it has furthered deepened my love of the subject and my awareness of its unique value within the school curriculum.

"The school placements have been a real learning curve. On the first one I felt overwhelmed by the number of things I felt I should be doing - observing; planning, teaching; assessing; keeping order of the class; disciplining; rewarding; register; break duty; finding resources; meetings with teachers; mentors; tutors; evaluations; and more planning. However, getting to the end of it and passing gave me a great sense of reward. I can't say I enjoyed my first placement but I am very glad I did it and I am looking forward to the next one.

"My long term ambition is to teach but I modify the details as I learn more. Having many years experience as a business manager I originally thought I would aim to take on senior management positions at the earliest opportunity, e.g. head of year, deputy head. However, I am becoming much more interested in Special Educational Needs (SEN). I still have many options open to me and I'm not in any hurry; but I would say that the course is helping me to clarify my ideas."

 

Ask a question about this course

School of Education
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5145
Email us

Location

This course is taught at Kingston Hill

View Kingston Hill on our Google Maps

Ask a question about this course

School of Education
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5145
Email us

Location

This course is taught at Kingston Hill

View Kingston Hill on our Google Maps
Favourite this course

Find a course

Course finder

>

Find us on Facebook

Undergraduate study
Site menu