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Harriet Behan

Sunderland, UK

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS


Harriet Behan decided to study her teaching degree at the University of Sunderland after attending an open day and being made to feel very welcome. Her favourite part of the course is the support from the staff and she enjoys being part of the Sunderland community. She aims to study for her masters degree after graduation, with the aim of becoming an Early Years Leader as a teacher one day.

Before coming to university I was slightly unsure of what career path I wanted to take; I was interested in being either a nurse or teacher, but decided I wanted to help the youngest generation to develop and grow and so chose to study to be a teacher. I decided to do this at Sunderland as, when I came to an open day, I was able to see the incredible resources on offer and I was able to talk to current students and staff who were all extremely helpful and supportive, answering all my queries about the degree. They made me feel very welcome. I was worried about being an older student and that I wouldn’t fit in but this University has a dynamic range of students and I’ve found the community to be nothing but nice, supportive and welcoming.

The best aspect of the Primary Education BA course is the staff and my fellow students. The staff ensure everybody is able to have the knowledge and understanding as well as practical experiences before undertaking placements and they make the lectures and seminars exciting and interesting. For example in one class we all had to conduct our own science experiment, which helped us to gain a better understanding how we could teach that lesson to the children.

I would highly recommend the University of Sunderland to other students, I have felt right at home within the University. I have also gained a lot of confidence throughout my time here which has enabled me to join the Student Ambassador scheme, become a Student Representative for my course, join the Students' Union Council and be an NUS Delegate. I have been able to help a lot of students to voice their opinions and have made friends for life. If I could give any advice to students looking to study at the University of Sunderland, it would be to come to an open day and experience the community for yourself, talk to staff and students and you will realise how welcoming everybody is and how much they want to support you.

My future career aims are to continue with my studies after graduation and complete my masters in education. I would then love to progress in teaching within a school, where I would eventually be able to come an Early Years Leader, as I will be able to demonstrate my leadership and team building skills and form a creative engaging curriculum for the children.

My experience at Sunderland University has been one of the most incredible times of my life, I have made life-long friends and have been part of a huge welcoming community, whilst gaining a degree to achieve my dream job! I would not change my experience for the world!”

Published 4 May 2020

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