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Elsa Darkwah


Course studied: BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

We now offer: BA (Hons) Childhood: Learning and Development

United Kingdom
I know that I want to work with children however Iā€™m not exactly sure of what I want to do in the future, so I chose this course because of how broad it was and the different careers it could lead to.

More about Elsa

Elsa talks about her Clearing experience

We currently don't offer this course anymore. We do however offer a range of other undergraduate Childhood courses.

Tell me a little about the course you’re doing?

My course involves studying the development of children aged 0 to 11 years. This includes learning about their physical, emotional and social development and what we can do to meet their needs, protect them to grow up.

What made you choose this course?

I know that I want to work with children however I’m not exactly sure of what I want to do in the future, so I chose this course because of how broad it was and the different careers it could lead to. For now, I feel like I want to do children’s nursing, however I could still end up working in social work or becoming a teacher.  

What particular elements or modules have you enjoyed the most?

I love them all however Early Learning in Contexts stands out to me. It is about studying each child’s development and learning about how unique they all are. It’s a very in depth module which involves a placement which I took part in a local Nursery. I remember walking in on my first day and I was very nervous because I didn’t have any prior experience working with children. The moment I walked in I felt very welcome and ended up enjoying my time there.

Why did you choose to join NTU through clearing?

Me and my friend originally both applied to study Nursing, however we both didn’t get in as it’s extremely competitive. She ended up studying Childhood Studies and I studied Psychology, however after a while I found that her course would suit me more than Psychology. She recommended that I still had time to apply through clearing.

How did you find the clearing process?

At first I was a little sceptical about applying through clearing, as I wasn’t sure if I met the entry requirements. When I first called they were very helpful and immediately made me feel comfortable about the process. It was stressful at first as I was in Italy and didn’t realise I had to create a new UCAS application, however overall it was quite an easy experience.

How have you found your course tutors?

They are very supportive and professional, you know where you stand and can trust them. They’re very friendly and ensure that you get the right support and teaching which motivates me.

What made you choose Nottingham? Did you know much about the city before?

The church that I go to back in Leicester, they sometimes visit Nottingham so I’ve already seen the city before. I’ve visited with friends before and really liked the city.

What is student life like here and how are you settling in so far?

I’ve enjoyed it so far, I’m not the type of person that goes out all the time however the regular busses from Clifton Campus to the city make it easy to see friends and get about.

If you had to recommend this course to someone what would you say?

Just go for it, don’t be scared. If you don’t think you have the right qualities, skills or feel comfortable enough, you should try it. It’s a very broad course that can lead to working with children or something else should you decide down the line.

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