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Hayley Benham-Whyte


Course studied: BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

We now offer:

United Kingdom
NTU is a great place to study as it has quality teaching, as well as useful support systems in place to help when needed. I would highly recommend Childhood Studies as it can set you up to be qualified for working with children in any setting.

More about Hayley

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

How did you enter into Clearing?

I first applied to five universities through UCAS and when I received my offer to take Childhood Studies at NTU, I firmed the offer. However, on results day, an incorrect copy of my grades was sent to NTU, causing me to enter clearing. I called up the clearing service once I had received the correct grades, I was helped through the process of re-applying for my course.

Why did you choose to apply to NTU?

Firstly, the Childhood Studies course offered here was most suitable for me as it wasn’t just based on early years or just solely specific to education. When researching, I discovered the wide range of modules offered on this course, and I felt that it the right choice for me especially as I wasn’t sure which path I wanted to follow. I just knew I wanted to work with children.

Also, when I first visited Nottingham, I really liked the area and the fact that I knew that several students from back home had attended NTU. It gave a sense of community and meant I would be starting off knowing that people I knew were nearby. This really helped when settling in.

Can you tell us in a short paragraph or two what you experienced during the Clearing process?

I called the clearing hotline a couple of times, before I had received the correct grades. I was attempting to obtain a place with the grades I had and I spoke to someone who was helpful in discussing my options. Once the grades had changed, I called again, and I received the same quality in response, and I was able to get a place onto my original course.

How have you settled into your course and NTU?

I have settled into my course well as I find it challenging but interesting. The modules are very varied and the experiences offered are useful in putting theory into practice.

From the day I arrived, I was helped for the first few weeks by student reps and staff with settling in into university life.

What do you like most about the course, and do you think you’ve made the right decision?

I definitely think I’ve made the right decision with choosing my course as the subject topics taught in first year are very interesting. I came from doing A-Level subjects that didn’t relate to my course, which meant it was all new information for me to comprehend. The lectures and seminars have given me a new outlook on the subject of childhood.

What do you think about the course staff?

The lecturers are all very passionate about their subject field and often offer examples of their time working with children in their previous jobs. This is useful when gaining an insight into the practical side of the course.

Having a tutor in the first year is useful for help on academic writing skills, such as referencing, or achieving progress in personal goals set in development plans. They are there to help with academic or individual queries and there is weekly dedicated time for this.

What do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?

Nottingham City has a wide range of restaurants, shops and clubs that cater for all. Despite studying on Clifton Campus, there is a frequent bus service travelling to the city, which is very useful when going out or getting food shopping. Getting the annual bus pass was vital for me as I was able to have unlimited bus travel using my student card.

In a nutshell, why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study in that area?

NTU is a great place to study as it has quality teaching, as well as useful support systems in place to help when needed. I would highly recommend Childhood Studies as it can set you up to be qualified for working with children in any setting.

From recently being in placement myself, I have noticed a change in my understanding of the theory side of the course as I was able to see first-hand practitioners working with children and their parents in a real-life setting.

What advice would you give someone thinking about going through Clearing?

My advice for people going through clearing would be to know your options prior to results day, even if you’ve got a conditional offer. You never know what may happen on results day, and so being prepared with phone numbers and all your NTU information is vital.

What are you most looking forward to in the two/three years at NTU?

I am looking forward to the next placement in year two as there are a number of opportunities on  offer, both locally and abroad. This experience will be a great addition to my first year placement as I will be able to compare and contrast between them.

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