Childcare case study

Liam Thacker - BA (Hons) Children and Young People

Why did you choose to study the course?
I coached young children in sport when I was younger and really enjoyed it and I have three young nephews so I’m used to being around children. I was managing a coffee shop but decided I wanted a career change and teaching seemed like a natural choice for me.

Why did you decide to come to Newcastle College?
I came to an Open Day and spoke to the course leader who told me all about the course and the level of support I’d receive. I really liked the fact that I’d be taught in smaller class sizes and I wouldn’t just be a number in a large lecture theatre. I got the sense that there was a real feeling of community at the College and I wanted to be part of it. I also liked the fact that due to the smaller number of students on the course I’d really get to know my classmates and course tutors.

What have you enjoyed most about your course?
I've really enjoyed the presentations we've had to give on our work placements. It was great to see all of my hard work pay off and be able to share my experiences and what I’d learnt from my work placements with my classmates.

Would you recommend the course?
Definitely, it’s been a real learning curve for me but I’ve gotten so much out of the course both personally and professionally. I’ve been given so many opportunities outside of my course which has really helped me get more experience in the field I want to work in.

What do you think of Newcastle as a student city?
It’s great, I love it. There’s so much to do, there’s always something going on day and night. I feel really lucky to study in this city as everything is so accessible. I can be at the beach in 15 minutes or if I want to go into the countryside it’s just a short drive away.

Do you have any words of advice for any student thinking of studying the course?
Get stuck in, don’t say no to anything and take every opportunity you’re given. It’s your chance to get noticed and get ahead so I’d say to make the most of it and you’ll see the rewards.

Describe your experience at the College in three words
Giant learning curve