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Amy Bentley

Newcastle, UK

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS


After finishing sixth form, Amy went to a different university to study business management. It was only then that she realised the course wasn’t right for her and left university within weeks of starting, going on to work full time. After a lot of soul searching to figure out what she wanted to do, she decided to get some volunteering experience in a local school. It was that experience that helped Amy realise she wanted to be a teacher.

When I finished sixth form and went to a different university, I quickly realised that the course wasn’t right for me and left within weeks of starting. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what career path I wanted to follow. It was volunteering in a local school that helped me realise I wanted to go to university and study to become a teacher. 

I wanted to study in the North East and stay close to home. I applied to both Sunderland and Northumbria and attended an interview at both universities. From attending the interviews, I knew I wanted to come to Sunderland because the staff were so friendly and the course was more appealing.

The best aspect of the course is the support from the staff when it comes to assignments. In my first year I struggled a bit due to being out of education for almost a year. I received so much help and support from my lecturers and had a one-to-one meeting with them that allowed me to refresh and develop my academic writing skills.

I would definitely recommend Sunderland to other students because it’s such a friendly and supportive place to study.

I would also advise that prospective students visit the University before making their final decision. Everyone has different preferences on what they want to get out of their university experience and an Open Day really helps in getting a good feel for Sunderland.

I’m currently working as a supply teaching assistant; once I’ve graduated, I hope to get a full-time teaching role in a school in the North East.

It’s been an experience I’ll never forget. I’ve made friends for life at Sunderland and they have supported me throughout. I‘ve progressed in my learning and development in ways I never thought I could!

Published 10 December 2019

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