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Care Case Study - Rebekah Davies

About you and background

I am Rebekah Davies, I was born in Newport Gwent Hospital and I am eighteen years old. I am originally from Cefn Ffforest, South Wales but now I am living at Carlisle studying at university. I have an older brother aged 25 and an older sister aged 21. I am a big football fan and I support Cardiff City Football Club.

What made you decide to study at Coleg y Cymoedd?

I found Coleg Y Cymoedd much more friendlier when I came to visit and see what college life was like. Coleg Y Cymoeed seemed such a supportive place to study and the staff were so welcoming which made me feel at ease more or less straight away.

Why did you choose to study this course?

I chose to study this course as I have always wanted to become a primary school teacher from a very young age and I knew A levels just was not for me as I find exam pressure and exams difficult. This course seemed such a perfect option for me as it meant I could learn what it is like to work with children and learn how they develop aswell as experiencing from first hand experiences via placement.

What are the benefits of studying at Coleg y Cymoedd?

There are many benefits to studying at Coleg Y Cymoedd such as the staff are always there for you no matter how small or big the problem is, the staff are very welcoming and friendly, the work load is balanced, the services such as the library is resourceful and helpful, the prices at the food hall is at a reasonable price, there is a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and resources, there is a diverse range of opportunities to build yourself on experience and build your confidence such as competitions or enterprises. The staff are always there to support you and advise you whether its related to college life or home life.

What do you intend to do next/what are you doing now that you have left?

Since I have left, I have moved 7 hours away from home to study at Carlisle, University of Cumbria studying primary education with QTS. Moving so far away from home has been the best decision I have made in my life and I don’t think I would have did it without the encouragement from my two personal tutors at college (Gill Tyler and Ann Parker) as even though they knew I was quite a shy/quiet person they made me believe that I could do it.

How is the course helping you achieve your ambitions?

The course is helping me to achieve my ambitions as we are practising daily about teacher presence and acting out stories to engage children in the classroom, I am also learning about a range of theorists relating to children and the way they behave, I have placement in two weeks which I am so excited for as it is going to be such a valuable opportunity as I am able to put theory into practice. Throughout the course so far we have had a range of group activities such as presentations and discussions which is helping me feel more confident in expressing my ideas.

How will studying impact on your life?

Studying the course at college and the course at university will aid me to fulfil my ambition that I have always wanted to do since I can remember. I will not only gain a range of experience with working with children and a team of staff but also it will help my confidence to increase as I will start to feel more comfortable in communicating with adults and children. From studying at college and studying this degree it will have a great impact on my life as it will mean I will have much further range of career opportunities and there is an opportunity on my degree to study placement in Scotland as it is a different curriculum they use which I would love to take the opportunity as then when it comes to qualifying after three years I will be able to apply for jobs in Scotland aswell as England.

Would you recommend this college/this course to others?

I recommend this course as it is the best option for you if you want to become a teacher or work with children as it means you are gaining experience with a range of children and staff in the settings as well as gaining the subject knowledge in order to feel confident in when it comes to working with children once qualified.

Your tutor Ann Parker said:

Rebekah was a conscientious learner keen to succeed within the early years environment. She was determined to study early years education at a higher level with a long term plan of becoming a Primary Teacher. She has immersed herself fully in university life and is enjoying the challenges that this new experience is bringing

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