Contact the University Centre:

Holy Cross University Centre
Manchester Road
Bury
Greater Manchester
BL9 9BB
Call:0161 762 4513 or 0161 762 4529
Email:university@holycross.ac.uk

Student Profiles

Emma Lerigo - BA Hons Education & SEN

Emma Lerigo - BA Hons Education & SEN ''I started my degree in Education and Special Educational Needs at Holy Cross College 3 years ago. For many years I worked as a teaching assistant and felt that a university education would be beyond me, that I would not belong in the large halls and faceless seminars of a large campus. Then I discovered Holy Cross College and all of that changed. I found Holy Cross to provide a close knit and hugely supportive educational network, that allowed me to balance my job, raising two young children with a University education. It was hard work, and I entered with low expectations of myself, but with the nurturing provided by the various tutors, I have come out with a 1st class honours degree, and have also achieved an award for my performance. My next steps will be to use my degree award to gain formal teaching qualifications and to put my degree to practice. None of this would have been possible had I not attended the open day just over 3 years ago!''

Chantelle Dean - BA Hons Education & SEN

Chantelle Dean - BA Hons Education & SEN ''I commenced on the BA Hons Education and Special Education Needs course 3 years ago on recommendation from a friend. At the time I just finished maternity leave and was looking for a change in career to suit my family needs. Holy Cross was able to offer this course on full time evening study meaning that I was still able to work and attend evening study. This fit in comfortably with all my other commitments. Working as a Learning Support Assistant in a Secondary School the course has offered an enormous amount of knowledge to aid with progression in my career. It has been a tremendously tough 3 years trying to balance a small child, full time work and a full time degree. Without the support I received from the lovely staff at Holy Cross and Liverpool Hope I feel there were times when I was closing to giving up and after the unfortunate death of a close family member, failure nearly became a reality. What took the pressure off slightly was the ease of travelling to Bury campus instead of Liverpool as this made the course much more accessible. It would be prudent of me to express how grateful I am to the college and university and its staff for their continued support. I am immensely proud of myself and an example that through hard work, perseverance and determination it is possible to achieve the unachievable. I have left with a First Class Honours degree and have been awarded with a promotion to SEND Intervention Manager on the back of this degree. I would highly recommend Holy Cross to anyone considering entering in to further education.''

Catherine Patterson - Early Years Foundation Degree

Catherine Patterson - Early Years Foundation Degree Catherine was originally a police officer who wanted a change of direction to become a teacher in the Early Years sector. Through word of mouth, Catherine approached Holy Cross University Centre to discuss the different options available to achieve her goal and embarked on a three year part time Foundation Degree in Early Years with Leeds Metropolitan University through Holy Cross. Further to gaining a distinction Catherine continued to study for a Top Up to BA Honours with Edge Hill University through Holy Cross and subsequently a PGCE with MMU. Catherine is now a fully qualified teacher eagerly awaiting her first teaching position with Rochdale Borough Council.

‘I found the quality & standard of degrees with both Leeds and Edge Hill very good, the workload was manageable even with a young family, the tutors were very hands on and helpful and the Holy Cross team were fantastic with me, especially during a bout of illness.’

Helen Walker - BA (Hons) Education

Helen Walker - BA (Hons) Education Helen had a successful career in retail for twenty years but following serious illness realised that she would like to re-ignite her education and undertake formal qualifications. After completing an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and two GCSE's Helen embarked upon a BA Honours degree in Education with Liverpool Hope University through Holy Cross.

This is what Helen said about studying for a degree at Holy Cross University Centre:- ‘Being able to go to University in your home town is unbelievable and a great opportunity. You have to be organised and disciplined to juggle all aspects of your life whilst studying, but study is very flexible and you can work your life around it. Studying has really changed my outlook on the world.’

Helen was awarded the Dean's scholarship twice for being in the top 20 across all Liverpool Hope students and is now a paid counsellor for the NSPCC.

‘I would now like to continue studying for my Masters degree!’

Graham Cohen - BA (Hons) Teaching, Learning & Mentoring Practice

Graham Cohen - BA (Hons) Teaching, Learning & Mentoring Practice The unfortunate situation of Graham being made redundant in 2010 provided him with the perfect opportunity to pursue his desire to teach. He took a position as a Teaching Assistant at a local primary school and began his journey on gaining the necessary qualifications to apply to do a degree with Edge Hill University through Holy Cross. After several successful years studying at Holy Cross, Graham is now studying to become a qualified teacher at Edge Hill.

This is what Graham said about studying at Holy Cross University Centre:- ‘Holy Cross has been absolutely great, the library is good, communication is good and above all the support and advice is excellent’.

Naila Mohammed - BA (Hons) English Language & Literature

Naila Mohammed - BA (Hons) English Language & Literature Naila had always had an interest in English and decided to pursue this by undertaking a degree in English Language & Literature with Edge Hill University through Holy Cross. Naila found studying at Holy Cross very convenient as being able to attend classes in the evenings worked around her family life. Naila has four children, one of which was born whilst she was studying for her degree, although she does admit that she was very organised and disciplined when it came to her studies. However, with the level of support she received from Holy Cross, the accommodating tutors and flexible delivery methods, she found she loved doing the coursework and the time flew by. Naila has now applied to undertake a PGCE to become a qualified teacher.

‘Graduating was the proudest moment of my life.’

Contact the University Centre:

Holy Cross University Centre
Manchester Road
Bury
Greater Manchester
BL9 9BB
Call:0161 762 4513 or 0161 762 4529
Email:university@holycross.ac.uk
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