Childhood Studies BA(Hons)
Jo Hill was awarded a first class Honours degree in July 2011 and also one of the Chancellor's prizes for her excellent results. As she moves onto a Masters course in Play Therapy, we asked her to look back at the last three years of study.
"I was sure that I probably needed to achieve a first class honours, or at least be close to it, in order to assure myself a place on the Play Therapy course and as high grades have never come naturally to me I had to work extremely hard throughout my three years. The great support of all the Childhood Studies team certainly helped too. I felt very proud of myself to finally get that first, but I was completely stunned that I’d averaged over 80% and so managed to win the Chancellor’s Prize. I didn’t even know it existed!
I owe a lot to the School of Education and Professional Development for giving me this chance, as a mature student, when others had rejected my applications; my achievements seem even more wonderful to me in the wake of those rejections.
If I was to give any advice to future students it would be to follow your dreams with determination; don’t give up. Only you can achieve your dreams."
And here is what Jo had to say about her course at the start of her third and final year of study.
“I’m now in my final year. I chose the course because it is so varied. Because it deals with all aspects of childhood from birth to 19, it has enabled me to pursue my chosen career of play therapy; I have just been accepted for an MSc in Play Therapy at the University of Glamorgan in Cardiff.
“I wanted to take a childhood studies course but most of them only cover children from birth to five. This course has covered areas as varied as pre-school, sociology, safeguarding and child development. It’s great that on the course you can choose to study specific topics to suit your needs. Also because it covers a wider age range, there are more careers you can consider after your degree.
“What I want to do is to become a play therapist. You work with children, using play to find out what their problems are. Play therapists use mainly free, but sometimes structured play, to investigate the issues. So the children could be using play materials such as water, sand or play houses. The idea is that the work is children-centred and not directive. I could also work with whole families, not just children.
“The course is two years long and involves a lot of practical work on placements and some personal counselling. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Denise Chadwick, Course Leader, said “We are really pleased with Jo’s success. There are only two courses in the country, in Cardiff and London, and they are both inundated with applications. She has done really well to gain a place on this course. We are looking forward to hearing about Jo’s future career.”