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

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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Manchester Road, Bury
Greater Manchester BL9 9BB
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