Education in UK
Add school to
Staffordshire University

Last modified:
American InterContinental University - London
The Norton Knatchbull School - Ashford
Gossops Green Community Primary School - Gossops Green
Great Ballard School - Chichester
Georgian Gardens Community Primary School - Rustington
Fordwater School - Chichester
Fonthill Lodge School - East Grinstead
Fairway Infant School - Copthorne
Elm Grove Infant School - Littlehampton
Elm Grove First School - Worthing
Yew Tree Primary School - Yew Tree Estate
Yew Tree Community Primary School - Aston
Woodway Park School & Community College - Coventry
Woodthorpe Primary School - Kings Heath
Woodrush Community High School - Specialist Technology College - Birmingham
Woodlands Primary School - Willenhall
Woodfield Infant School - Penn
Wood Green High School College of Sport - Wood Green Road
Wolverhampton Grammar School - Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton Girls High School - Wolverhampton
Wollescote Primary School - Wollescote
Wodensfield Primary School - Wednesfield
Wodensborough Community Technology College - Wednesbury
Withymoor Primary School - Off Turners Lane Quarry Bank
Willenhall School Sports College - Willenhall
Whitehouse Common Primary School - Sutton Coldfield
Edward Bryant Primary School - Bognor Regis
Eastergate C E Primary School - Eastergate
West House School - Edgbaston
East Wittering Community Primary School - East Wittering
Welford Primary School - Handsworth
East Preston Junior School - East Preston
Wednesfield Village Primary School - Wednesfield
East Preston Infant School - East Preston
Wednesfield College (Specialist Engineering School) - Wednesfield
Durrington Middle School - Durrington
Ward End Primary School - Ward End
Walsgrave C E Primary School - Coventry
Durrington First School - Durrington

University of Chester
Parkgate Road, CH1 4BJ, UK Chester
+44 (0)1244 512528

About Us Programmes Undergraduate Study Postgraduate Study Meet Our Students International Students Research Departments Learning Resources and Support Accommodation Finance Why Choose Us?

Meet Our Students

a group of students

Mark Davies, Criminology, Level 1

I chose the course at Chester because it was something new and exciting. It’s the first time I’ve studied anything like this! At the moment I’m taking modules in Drugs, Society and Crime, which is an area that I’d like to work in, The Individual and Society and Perspectives on Discipline and Deviance, which looks at how you can monitor different aspects of crime. The Criminology Society is really useful for organising outings; I’m going on a visit to a court next year and we’re also hoping to visit a local prison. I’m also applying to work voluntarily with young offenders in the community as a Special Constable. It’ll be great experience for me in the field of work I want to go into.

Louisa Yates, English, Level 3

The Vicarage (home to The Department of English) is a great setting to study English and as a base we have everything we need. Everyone we need to get hold of is here and the department is small enough to make sure you get loads of personal attention from the tutors. The tutors are so approachable - you get the sense that they love what they’re doing and they really want to be here to support you. Alongside your core modules you can choose optional modules each semester. This year it’s been really difficult to choose because all the options appealed. Absurdism in Modern Literature has been my favourite module. Because I’m enjoying the learning process this year, even though it has got so much harder, I am thinking about doing the MA in Creative and Critical Writing here next year!

Ian Brookes, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Level 3

I’m on the Sport and Exercise Sciences course, which is really broad so there are lots of options. It encompasses the coaching side as well as psychology, sociology and physiology. In the first two years you do a bit of everything and in the final year you get to focus on where you want to go. I’m particularly interested in the sociology and physiology aspects I have studied. I’m in my final year now and I’m hoping to work with athletes in the future on physical training, strength and conditioning, so being able to major in physiology in my final year has been really useful for this. Within the department we’ve got a sports science lab, a video analysis lab and a brand new sports analysis lab, which is great for coaching. You can break down a video of a match and focus on specifics. The staff are brilliant, really helpful, and they know you on a one-to-one basis. Recently, I was awarded £500 from the Sports Scholarship Scheme which has helped me to buy new rugby kit. It’s a new scheme the college introduced last year to try and promote the sports profile of the College as a whole. You can use the money for new equipment and kit to help your performance. You also get a year’s free membership to the gym.

Sarah Holland, Theology and Religious Studies and German, Level 2

My German classes have been quite small, so it’s a tight knit group. I’m particularly looking forward to my work based learning placement next year because I’m going over to Germany for eight weeks to do teaching practice in a school over there. It’ll help me with my German course; also I’m hoping to become a teacher so the teaching practice will be good experience. With the world getting so small it’s important to be able to communicate to people in their own language.

Sarah Holland, Theology and Religious Studies and German, Level 2

The course has both contemporary and traditional aspects; in the first year I studied classical theology, but this year we’ve done contemporary theology, which has dealt with issues like science and sexuality that are really current and interesting. Last year we went to visit a mosque and a temple as part of our studies in Islam and Hinduism.

Emma Miller, Dance and Drama and Theatre Studies, Level 3

What I’ve really liked about my Dance course is the difference in styles, just going a bit crazy, being experimental, being given the freedom to explore our own dance experience, to nurture what we’ve already learnt, but also to grow within our dance range. In both subjects, I’ve enjoyed being able to use what I’ve learnt outside of the university setting. I’ve taken a module in Dancing Communities; we had a group of key stage 2 children from local primary schools and taught them a short basic workshop. It gave all of us a real buzz. I’m currently doing my Independent Negotiated Study in Drama which involves going into a local high school and working with the kids to create performance based skills workshops to help them with their GCSEs. I also did my work based learning placement in second year within my old school drama department back home. I came to university thinking I wanted to work with kids, but the amount of experience I’ve had has helped me to confirm that I really do.

Adam Sach, Biology with Education Studies, Level 3

Going into my third year, I decided to structure my course so that I would be doing 75% Biology and 25% Education Studies. I would like to work in the pharmaceuticals industry, perhaps in some kind of marketing capacity. I think the Education Studies aspect of my course should really help with that as I developed lots of skills used in communication and planning.

It is fairly easy to find a job as a student here because there are a lot of bars and a lot of shops. I have worked at the weekends and in the evenings and I have found that it has definitely been a really useful way to back up my studies.

Mike Murray, Business Studies, Level 2

I am studying a four-year business course, which will include spending my third year working in industry. I am going to be writing a lot of letters over the next few weeks to gyms in the local area because I am interested in a career in leisure management. By studying Business and following a personal trainer course during my work based learning later this year, I should have the perfect stepping-stone into my third year placement. The placement offers you a lot of knowledge and experience, so the theory that you learn through the academic side at Chester can be put into practice. I think that it will make me a more employable graduate at the end of my course.

Suzanna Collins, Drama and Theatre Studies and English, Level 2

What I really like about Chester is that because it is quite a small campus here, you get to know people really quickly. The Department of Performing Arts is an exciting one to be involved with because you have to deal with ideas that you may not have come across before and you get to use a lot of technical equipment. It is really interesting and I find that I am always learning something new. We are also lucky in that we have theatre space where professional performers often actually come to perform. After the performance you often get the chance to hear them talk about what they do and ask them questions.

Joannah Piwko, Graduated 2002:

Since graduating from the Warrington campus I have secured employment at Price Waterhouse Coopers in Manchester. I am currently working in a project management capacity, which is a really interesting hands-on role. After a year of ‘proving myself’, I will have the option to study for an accountancy qualification, or to stay on in my current role.

Student lands dream TV job:

Paul Ensor, studied Media (TV Production):

These were the headlines after Paul landed his dream job becoming a TV presenter with Granada Television. Paul, who graduated in July 2001, was chosen from dozens of young hopefuls who turned up to audition for a new Saturday afternoon sports show, Off The Block, an alternative sports programme aimed at encouraging young people to get out of their armchairs to try some sport.

Paul was one of a number of students who won a year-long internship with Granada as part of his TV Production course and this gave him the opportunity to persuade one of the producers to let him do a screen test.

Paul says: “I’m lucky that while I studied I got work that paid better than regular student jobs and Warrington is a great place to study; a close-knit community in which to learn and socialise. Overall an excellent preparation for the field of television”.

Mark Challender – Media Student

I chose to come to Warrington because I want to work in the media. With the right attitude and the experience this course provides, it all seems possible. The production facilities are exceptional, with 24-hour access to editing and transfer suites and the cameras and peripherals are of high quality. The practical side of the course is great fun and you learn so many things. Added to this is the understanding of media theory and the course balances out nicely for anyone wanting a degree in media. I’ve discovered that the theory and academic parts of the course are captivating and crucial to understanding the different social and cultural issues that surround the media.

I came to Warrington with no TV experience, but thanks to the awesome GMEP (Granada Media Education Partnership) by the end of my first semester I was on location shooting short films on an extracurricular placement with Granada TV. Not only this, I even got my first screen credit, hopefully the first of many! As a result of the contacts I made I was able to work as a runner on Where the Heart Is over Easter, and over the summer I worked on a feature film called Asylum. All this and the close-knit community here on the Warrington campus made my start to university life a super experience!

Rebecca Mead, Level 3, Sports and Exercise Science

I really enjoy it in Chester; it’s a really friendly city. It’s small and so once you’ve been here a while you bump into people in town, whereas in a large city you wouldn’t get that. I’m definitely going to stay in Chester after I graduate.

Rebecca Mead, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Level 3

I did a sports development placement at Chester City Council for my work based learning. It was a really good opportunity to make contacts, and now I’m doing my dissertation in sports development so I’m interviewing the people that I worked with last year to find out what their ideologies are in sports development and how that compares to government guidelines. I think Work Based Learning is a really valuable module, a lot of places don’t offer it. I’ll probably go into sports development - I’ll have already done the placement and have experience, and then go on and do my dissertation in it, so it’s a good background to go on and pursue it as a career.

Kevin Price, Level 2

I play for the second team of the Men’s Football club. There are four teams, playing in different leagues. You get to know everyone. We organise nights out with the other sports teams and we go away on tour overseas each year as well. We’re going to Montpelier this year and last year we went to Salou.

Ian Brookes, Level 3

I’m part of the Rugby Union team. We’re in the BUSA Northern Men’s league. We compete regionally and this year we’ve got about 50 members. We play a game a week and we’ve got two teams running this year so everyone gets a game. We all go across the country on Wednesdays to play matches and then we meet back in the Students Union’ bar in the evening before heading off into town. It’s a really good way to meet people and make friends.

Ian Brookes, Level 3

The fitness centre is top of the range, it’s really well run and all the staff really know what they’re doing. Included in the membership you get a free personal training service, nutritional advice, sports science support and lots of classes like boxercise and circuit training.

Richard Brown, Level 1

Living in Astbury is great, there’s a really good sense of community, and it’s the best way to make friends. I’ve already got plans to move out next year with people I’ve met in halls this year. It’s the first time I’ve lived away from home, but being catered has really helped. Astbury is right on the centre of campus so you can just crawl out of bed to your lectures if you’re feeling lazy! Being so compact means you get to know the campus really quickly, you never get lost.

Mark Davies, Level 1

Because it’s a small community, you get to meet people not just in your own halls but from all over the college. Recently we had a football match between the halls, everyone turned up to watch. Living so close to the centre of town makes it easy for nights out. I’d definitely recommend living in halls in the first year.

Richard Brown, Level 1

Freshers’ Week got everyone together. The dressing up was really funny, everyone takes part and makes an effort. The highlight of the week had to be the Beach Party. The Freshers’ Fair was really useful for getting information on Chester and the area as well. The week goes so fast, you just want it to slow down.

Mark Davies, Criminology, Level 1

On my first day I was really nervous as it was the first time I had lived away from home, but I met people within half an hour of moving in. We all went to the Students’ Union Bar together that night. Freshers’ week was good because there were events organised for us every night. Everyone got dressed up for the School Disco night.

Richard Brown, Level 1

The best bit of the first year so far has been the social life, meeting new mates and getting to know different people. There’s loads of stuff to do in the evening, even if you don’t want to stay on campus, you can go into town. All the different societies are always organising activities as well.

The peer mentor scheme is a really good idea for first years, we’re assigned to a third year student who keeps in contact with you, its always good to know there’s someone there just in case.

primary schools in Chester, secondary schools in Chester, schools in Chester

Editorial office:
tel. + 48 (094)