Returning to the classroom has allowed trainee teacher Kirsty Dupree to study the perfect course with the right placement opportunities.
Kirsty, from Dudley, was one of three students that started in the very first cohort of the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).
The two other students transferred within the first semester leaving Kirsty as the only student following this particular degree. She has spent two days a week in a placement as well as block practice over the summer to be the first student in the University to have achieved the EYT status as an undergraduate, and will graduate with a 2:1.
The Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing graduate says: “I wanted to study this degree as it was perfect for my future career aspirations of being an Early Years Practitioner. It was a really in-depth and hands-on degree, enabling me to go out into settings and experience a variety of teaching in different environments.
“It also offered a lot of placement opportunities which was perfect for learning on the go and gaining experience in the teaching field. The University was also in a perfect location and has a high level of graduate employability.”
The 22-year-old found time management a challenge during her studies, but with the right support she was able to prioritise, and she really enjoyed her time at the Walsall Campus.
“The challenges I came across during my studies was mainly time management - I found it hard to find the balance between working and studying. However, with the help of my personal tutor I was able to organise and prioritise my time in order to ensure I was making time to do my assignments and reading.
“My experience at the University of Wolverhampton has been brilliant. I had all the support I could need from my personal tutor to get through the three years at university, even when I was having mini breakdowns, she was able to reassure me and spur me on to continue in my studies. The facilities at the University were very good and provided me with what I needed to complete my degree.”
Kirsty now plans to pursue a rewarding career in teaching, and adds: “My next steps are to use what I have learnt from doing my degree and find a job in teaching, whilst working to gain more experience to enhance and develop my knowledge. My future ambitions are to become a foundation years teacher and then progress and develop as far as possible in that field.”
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