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Hollie Fleming

An unforgettable experience in Malaysia and interesting study options have helped Hollie get closer to her ambition of becoming a teacher.

Hollie Fleming

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

What made you choose Teesside University?

After I completed my A levels I knew I wanted to become a teacher. I didn’t know a lot about Teesside University or Middlesbrough so I did some research. I chose Teesside University because it offered the course I needed – I was attracted to the course layout and growing campus.

What did you enjoy about your course?

I enjoyed the different aspects of my course, the selection of modules and the way the course is set out. My favourite modules were Early Childhood Pedagogy and Inclusion for Different Childhoods. I found these and other modules really interesting, and good areas to research further.

Lots of the modules will link to my job goals and help me get into teaching. Areas such as safeguarding in the early years, for example, will be really useful. The career days are also useful as they highlight different career options.

What did you think about Teesside University?

The campus is very good. The library is great and offers lots of support and guidance to students who might be struggling.

My social life has been great. I joined the hockey team in my second year and now I’m chair. Joining a club is a great way to meet new people and have a good social life. The Students’ Union offers so many different activities and events.

I found the overall cost of living in Middlesbrough quite cheap and there are lots of small shops nearby the campus.

Did you take part in any work experience during your course?

During my second year I was given the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant intern at CADS Enhancement Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – the centre supports cerebral palsy, autism, ADHD, Down syndrome, dyslexia and slow learners.

I worked in the classroom helping children with their tasks and activities, mainly helping children with their English language. I worked with individual children for one-to-one reading and writing sessions. All of the teachers were very welcoming – some showed me how to make traditional dishes and we joined the Hari Raya celebrations.

My four-week work experience in Malaysia really enhanced my employability skills, providing an intercultural learning experience. The placement has given me international experience which should give me an advantage when I apply for jobs.

Malaysia was an amazing experience – one I will never forget.

What are your hopes for the future?

After graduating I hope to complete a PGCE and become a primary school teacher. My course will help me to get onto a PGCE.