The teaching was outstanding. The classes were small and taught by knowledgeable teachers.
Tyler studied Health & Social Care at Bexhill College and then went on to do the HND in Early Years. “I chose to do the HND as it was a different route to study further and gain a higher level qualification within a subject I wanted to study, which would give me many different careers options for my future. Tyler explains that “The course gave really in depth knowledge on all units completed and allowed for every student to take their own approach, permitting their pieces of work to focus more on what they wanted to do or to link with their placement at the time”
“Studying and working part time was hard however balancing studying, work and a social life was manageable if organised and worth it in the end”.
He thought “The teaching was outstanding.The classes were small and taught by knowledgeable teachers who were available pretty much any time we needed; for meetings and 1 to 1s, to help us get on top of our workloads or for extra support.”. Tyler is currently working in a local nursery, whilst working towards his top-up for a full BA in Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, one day a week.
Like the HND the DET can be studied alongside a full time job and family responsibilities.
Susannah studied the Early Years Educator HND and went on to do the Diploma in Education & Training.
“The Early Years HND course helped me to progress in the work place to become Nursery Manager. The practical and theoretical learning opportunities developed my understanding and I really benefitted from being able to share experiences with others in the class. As an adult student I felt nervous about coming back to do a Level 5 course but I was really supported at the College, especially as a working parent as there was a lot of different responsibilities to manage. This prepared me to go on and study my Top-Up Degree at Canterbury as I had developed the appropriate skills for higher education such as referencing work, independent reading and reflecting on my own development.”
Susannah explains that “After 4 years of managing the Nursery I had really enjoyed supporting others and sharing my passion about the industry and so decided to return to Bexhill to study the DET course to support me teach others who showed a passion for early years. Like the HND the DET can be studied alongside a full time job and family responsibilities, and working in a teaching environment has helped to gain vast experiences and knowledge to reflect on through the course. I have learnt a lot in a short space of time and the support of tutors and other students on the course has really helped to increase my understanding and ideas of how to develop my teaching practice. The tutors own passion for teaching is encouraging and feedback has been supportive.”