Case study

‘Brilliant’ teaching fully justifies University’s gold award, says Amy

Picking the right university is one of the most difficult decisions of a young person’s life. Our student Amy Hill’s choice was swayed by our Teaching Excellence Framework gold award – and now she is in love ... with her course.

Everything fits

“I love every aspect of my course,” says Amy, “from the lectures, workshops and guest speakers to working as part of a teaching team during our school placements.” Amy is studying the MEdu Integrated Masters in Primary Education (with QTS). It was a course that particularly stood out to her when she was making her choices as it combines both undergraduate and masters-level study.

She says she had heard about our excellent reputation, both as an institution and for our teacher training courses specifically, then visited us to find out more. She recalls: “During my first visit, I loved the modern and welcoming feel of the University.

“Derby was also awarded gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) which attracted me even more, as none of the other universities I applied for had been.”

Teacher training student, Amy Hill
Amy Hill is studying for our MEdu Integrated Masters in Primary Education (with QTS)

The rewards of excellence

Amy believes this gold-standard teaching and the support from our staff have been instrumental in her enjoyment of the course so far and the rewards she is reaping. She says: “I feel supported and guided but also encouraged to be independent and self-reflective. Every member of staff is committed to making us the best teachers we can be. They are all brilliant and push us to achieve our maximum potential.

“This course fits perfectly with my career aspirations of becoming the best teaching practitioner I can possibly be and I feel supported, encouraged and motivated every day on my course.”

Preparing for the future

Amy says her passion and drive for teaching has grown since she made the decision to come to Derby. She says: “I was excited and eager to begin the course when I discovered I could achieve an integrated masters degree in Education, as well as obtaining qualified teacher status. I know this course will equip me with the extensive knowledge and experience to prepare me for future leadership roles within education.”

And the school placements and key hands-on teaching experience is giving Amy a chance to thrive.

“My placements have been thoroughly enjoyable. I am seen as part of the teaching team. I have had opportunities to team-teach as well as teaching the whole class independently and experience with all age groups which I have thoroughly enjoyed.”

Teacher training student, Amy Hill

Best decision ever

When asked if she would recommend her course to others, Amy says: “I am so thankful and excited to be studying for my dream career at the University of Derby.

"The University has such a positive and encouraging energy from the moment you walk through the entrance. I am constantly developing as an individual as well as a trainee teacher and it’s so exciting to know this course will provide me with the knowledge and experience for a rewarding future career in the classroom. 

“Applying to the University of Derby was the best decision I ever made. I am on the most amazing course. I have met friends for life."