An interview with Catherine Chant, 17, from Kendal
Catherine is a Student Ambassador and pictured here on the far right.
What course are you studying?
BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development. This is equivalent to 3 A-Levels. I’m in my second year.
Why did you choose this course?
I have always wanted to be a Primary School teacher and this course meant that I could get practical experience and focus on childcare and development to help improve my knowledge.
Why did you decide to come to Kendal College?
Because it was an outstanding college and I had talked to previous students who loved it and said that it was a completely new experience compared to school, which is what I wanted.
What is the teaching style like on your course?
It is varied, some are taught sessions where the tutors use PowerPoints and worksheets and at other times we have independent individual study support sessions. We also have a ‘real working environment’ (photo below) which is laid out like a classroom, which we use when primary school children visit us.
Can you describe a typical day at College?
College days are fun, unexpected, relaxed and exciting. Work placement days are challenging, fun, interactive and a fantastic hands on opportunity. I have 2 days work placement as part of my course (below are some photos). It’s totally different from school.
What opportunities has College offered you as a student?
This course provided me with the experience that I need for my future career. The tutors treat you like an adult and you are able to work independently and make your own choices. I have also been a Student Ambassador and been on a variety of work placements.
What are you planning to do after College?
I am progressing onto York St John’s University to study Primary Education with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). This course has provided me with the experience I need for university and has solidified my passion for working with primary school children.
Would you recommend studying at Kendal College (and why)?
Yes, it’s excellent and everything I expected. If you want a grown up and relaxed environment, College is the place to be.
If you could give one piece of advice to people considering College, what would it be?
I would highly recommend it as an alternative option to A-Levels and wouldn’t let teachers put you off. It’s an excellent experience and the tutors are really friendly and supportive.
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