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    I am currently sitting with 5 unconditional offers and I am ridiculously stuck on which course I want to do. I have narrowed it down to three:
    Liverpool John Moores - Education Studies and Special and Inclusive Needs
    Liverpool Hope - Early Childhood and Special and Educational Needs
    Manchester Metropolitan - Inclusive Education & Disability Studies

    I want to work with children with SEN, but I realise this is very specific and I'm therefore wondering if I should do a course that has a wider range of areas covered so I have more chance of walking into a job or if I should be specific. I've heard horror stories about Hope being called "Hopeless" and I was wondering if there's any truth in this at all. I haven't been able to find ANY statistics on it and it makes me a little scared of it.
    If anyone could make ANY sort of helpful comment about ANY of the universities I would be much appreciative as I'm having sleepless nights over it.
    Thank you
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    Firstly, congrats on your offers! I don't study education so can't advise on the academic side of it, but an important aspect you really need to consider is where you would be happiest living. I have a lot of friends at MMU who tell me the standard of teaching is great and as you're in Manchester the nightlife is obviously great as well. Have a think about what sort of environment you want to be in at uni.

    As for specifying, I took a course which I thought would 'look better' rather than one that had the exact modules I wanted and to be honest I do regret it a bit. I don't know how much it would decrease your general job prospects but if you're pretty set on a certain type of work then you may be better off being qualified highly in that, rather than more generally and having to undergo extra training when there may be other candidates who have the more specific qualification.

    As I say I don't study education so I don't know the ins and outs, but there's my opinion on it! Xx


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    When do you have to accept these offers by?
    my advice would be to attend the unis open days then you can ask questions and get more details
    If this is not feasible, then you can email the person who runs the course, the details should be on the web page for this course, but if not, you could email the uni general email and get the details/have them forward it.
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    (Original post by Kabloomybuzz)
    When do you have to accept these offers by?
    my advice would be to attend the unis open days then you can ask questions and get more details
    If this is not feasible, then you can email the person who runs the course, the details should be on the web page for this course, but if not, you could email the uni general email and get the details/have them forward it.
    I would attend the university open days but I live in Northern Ireland and it would be far too expensive to fly over just to see the unis. I have until May but the accommodation opens mid-February and it would be better if if I confirmed around then! Emailing is a good idea, I might do that - thank you!!
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    (Original post by hollybeth)
    Firstly, congrats on your offers! I don't study education so can't advise on the academic side of it, but an important aspect you really need to consider is where you would be happiest living. I have a lot of friends at MMU who tell me the standard of teaching is great and as you're in Manchester the nightlife is obviously great as well. Have a think about what sort of environment you want to be in at uni.

    As for specifying, I took a course which I thought would 'look better' rather than one that had the exact modules I wanted and to be honest I do regret it a bit. I don't know how much it would decrease your general job prospects but if you're pretty set on a certain type of work then you may be better off being qualified highly in that, rather than more generally and having to undergo extra training when there may be other candidates who have the more specific qualification.

    As I say I don't study education so I don't know the ins and outs, but there's my opinion on it! Xx


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    Thank you so much! I have quite a few contacts in the field I want to go into and they all said Hope although, I'm slightly worried I wouldn't fit in as it most students are apparently Christian and I'm an Athiest. I did have my heart set on Manchester, I'm just worried about making the wrong decision!
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    I am at MMU doing primary teaching, I know its not your course but we cover most of the things that you have listed. In terms of employment I would go for the most generalised course, to which you can then go ahead and further specialise in something. If you choose a specialised course you are risking disliking it and possibly putting yourself off even wanting to work with SEN children altogether. See what each course offers - mine offers the choice of two specialism areas within the degree so maybe yours will do the same.

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by AriesGirl)
    I am at MMU doing primary teaching, I know its not your course but we cover most of the things that you have listed. In terms of employment I would go for the most generalised course, to which you can then go ahead and further specialise in something. If you choose a specialised course you are risking disliking it and possibly putting yourself off even wanting to work with SEN children altogether. See what each course offers - mine offers the choice of two specialism areas within the degree so maybe yours will do the same.

    Good luck!
    Thank you! are you enjoying your course? & is MMU nice? I'm considering going for it as it says that out of all my offers it's the best school to learn education
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    (Original post by lossayyy)
    Thank you! are you enjoying your course? & is MMU nice? I'm considering going for it as it says that out of all my offers it's the best school to learn education
    Yes I love my course, MMU has just opened a brand new campus called Birley Fields so everything is brand new - probably the campus you will be on You get a lot of placement opportunities at MMU which is why I like it
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    (Original post by AriesGirl)
    Yes I love my course, MMU has just opened a brand new campus called Birley Fields so everything is brand new - probably the campus you will be on You get a lot of placement opportunities at MMU which is why I like it
    Yes that is the campus I would be on! Are you at the accommodation on campus? That's why I'm being pulled towards it - I feel like it's the widest course aspects and also the placement would be great! Also, compared to the LJMU course I would be spending a lot more time in class which I prefer
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    (Original post by lossayyy)
    Yes that is the campus I would be on! Are you at the accommodation on campus? That's why I'm being pulled towards it - I feel like it's the widest course aspects and also the placement would be great! Also, compared to the LJMU course I would be spending a lot more time in class which I prefer
    No I'm in a house with some course mates but I've heard that it is quite expensive living on campus! I like it anyway and I hope you do too if you choose MMU!
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    (Original post by AriesGirl)
    No I'm in a house with some course mates but I've heard that it is quite expensive living on campus! I like it anyway and I hope you do too if you choose MMU!
    Thank you so much for your help!!
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    Thank God ive found someone who is wanting to do the same course as me and is also from Ireland haha ive applied for LJMU for education with special and inclusive needs as well. I attended the open day in November and i was really impressed by the lecturers and facilities. I recieved my offer and applied for accomdation yesterday! Good luck with whatever you choose
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    (Original post by OrlaJ96)
    Thank God ive found someone who is wanting to do the same course as me and is also from Ireland haha ive applied for LJMU for education with special and inclusive needs as well. I attended the open day in November and i was really impressed by the lecturers and facilities. I recieved my offer and applied for accomdation yesterday! Good luck with whatever you choose
    I was really stuck between LJMU and MMU but I think I'm going for MMU (if I can afford it!) if not then I'm going for LJMU, it's all so stressful
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    Heyy, is anyone on this thread actually joining the LJMU Education and SEN course this September?
 
 
 
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