Teaching assistant sets sights high after degree experience

“I was interested in teaching and educational psychology and the course has opened up lots of doors to the extent that I'm now considering doing a PhD in the long term.”

Bethany Harrison, BSc (Hons) Psychology and Child Development

Teaching assistant Bethany Harrison has now set her sights on a PhD after graduating with a BSc (Hons) Psychology and Child Development from Staffordshire University.

Bethany, 25, from Werrington used the opportunity as a means of getting into teaching and with the support of her school, Park Hall Academy, she now has a place on the School Direct teacher training course.

“I was interested in teaching and educational psychology and the course has opened up lots of doors to the extent that I'm now considering doing a PhD in the long term.”

Bethany was awarded the British Psychological Society prize for the best performance on an accredited undergraduate degree. Bethany also used her thirst for knowledge to get involved in a research project to investigate cross cultural differences in Chinese and British children's and adults' drawings.

“I knew I was interested in research and found out what I could do to gain experience as a first year student. This summer I'll be doing some paid research for the University which is looking at drawing as memory aids.”

In another year, Bethany is hoping to have qualified as a teacher and feels her intensive University experience was enormously beneficial.

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