BA Primary EducationNiamh McCourt, UK

I was born in Derry, Northern Ireland and I have lived there all of my life up until now of course. I attended school for 14 years completing both my GCSE’s and A Levels which I am immensely proud of because they got me to where I am today. I came straight from school to university and this was a major change for me, however I have managed just fine.

I have wanted to be a primary school teacher for as long as I can remember, I have grown up among teachers as various members of my family have been involved in the profession. There has also been a variety of teachers through my school career that I have looked up to and who have influenced me to become a teacher. I think that teaching is such a rewarding job and I feel privileged that Strathclyde has given me the opportunity to one day live out my dream profession.

I chose to study Primary Education at Strathclyde University because the course sounded extremely appealing to me. The fact that you get to complete a placement on each year of your degree is amazing as you will gain so much experience. In first year you can also choose two electives to study alongside education, for example I chose Psychology and Social Policy. I feel that studying these two subjects will benefit me in the future as they are allowing me to learn about a variety of different things and in some ways the subjects are related to children and education. My favourite aspect of the course so far would have to be the placement I have recently completed, it was something I looked forward to each week and I absolutely loved working with the children. As well as choosing Strathclyde because of the course, I chose it because of the excellent location of the university, it is situated right in the heart of Glasgow, and everything is in walking distance. As well as all of this I chose Strathclyde because of the fantastic facilities they have on offer, there are various societies available for you to join as well as a state of the art gym, which I have made lots of use out of.

Strathclyde have been extremely welcoming and helpful to me which was greatly appreciated as it was terrifying moving to a new country all by myself. However, I am more than happy with the decision I made and I would recommend Strathclyde to anyone considering coming to university and especially to anyone who is looking to study Primary Education.