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Student Stories

Rachel Mercer

FdA Supporting Teaching and Learning

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I chose this degree course as it was the next step in becoming a teacher. I had already completed level 2 and 3 diplomas in supporting teaching and learning and the course allowed me to continue working in a local primary school. Furthermore, it would give me the qualifications and knowledge I need to become an outstanding teacher.

I have appreciated the personal touch of this course. You feel like you get to know everyone really well - teachers and students. The support is fantastic. I have found the whole thing interesting but my favourite modules have been 'Psychological aspects of behaviour' and 'Additional educational needs'. I have learned so much about education and how to support all children and this has impacted positively on my performance at work and led to more responsibility.

The topic for my research project was improving self-esteem through drama. I have enjoyed doing this as I believe drama is hugely important. Setting out my own investigation was daunting at first but it has been a great process and has prepared me for my dissertation next year. The results have also encouraged my setting to use more drama activities in school.

Next course year I am moving on to the BA (Hons) Education Studies (Top-Up) at the college. After that, I plan to do my PGCE and possibly a masters, to give me more career options. I do want to teach, but I don't want my work to be limited to that only.

I have appreciated the personal touch of this course. You feel like you get to know everyone really well - teachers and students. The support is fantastic.