I am from The Wirral (very close to Liverpool) and I came straight to the University of Leeds after my A Levels.
Why I chose to study BA English, Language and Education at Leeds
I liked the way one course linked together the many different aspects of language and education that I am interested in. It has allowed me to study a language whilst also studying modules in child development, education and language aquisition. As I love languages, and would love to teach English abroad in the future, I knew this course would give me an excellent basis for doing so.
My favourite part of the course so far has been learning about how children develop. I am most looking forward to third year when I will study a language from scratch and use this learning to link all my knowledge of language acquisition together.
The learning facilities in the School of Education are brilliant. We have free access to our own computer clusters and library all under one roof (Hillary Place). The University’s self-access language learning centre is a great tool whilst learning a language. We have free access to hundreds of books, films, newspapers and music in the target language.
The student support is fantastic. We have regular personal tutor meetings at least twice a semester. On top of this, we have programme seminars every two weeks which gives us the opportunity to come together as a course and ask for help. I have found that lecturers are always supportive and helpful when it comes to completing assignments.
Outside of Studying
Leeds has over 300 societies, so there is literally something for everyone! I've had a go at lots of types of dance and have now committed to the Bhangra Dance society and am hoping to perform with them in the future. I am also on the committee for the Christian Union where I've had the responsibility of organising our famous Christmas Carol Concert and Events Week.
Life in Leeds
Living as a student in Leeds, you could not ask for anything more in a city! It is so diverse and the University is only a ten 10 minute walk from the city centre which is fabulous. Whilst having tons of shops and restaurants to go to, Leeds also has great culture to enjoy! There always seems to be something going on in this city and what’s more, everything is pretty cheap here!
At present, I am very interested in the charity ‘Teach First’, who work in disadvantaged schools across the country. I would love to complete their graduate teaching programme and then progress to taking on higher roles in a school such as Head of Department or Head Teacher.