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If you’re looking to progress or break into a new career, studying with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) could be the ideal stepping stone to fulfilling your aspirations.

Ranked first in Wales for education by the Guardian's University League Table 2024, UWTSD has a range of accredited programmes related to education studies, inclusive studies, sociology, advocacy, equality and social justice, youth work and early years, from undergraduate and foundation degrees to postgraduate Masters and PhDs.

The university prides itself on offering students the ‘personal touch’ thanks to small class sizes, engaging lectures, and plenty of student involvement, allowing discussion and a better understanding of your chosen subject.

During your time, you’ll have access to and learn from specialists in the field, who’ll share extensive knowledge and skills to help you progress and take on the world as a highly employable graduate.

Not to mention, UWTSD has strong links with local schools, youth work providers, early years settings and a range of multiagency settings and local authorities, meaning you’ll be able to get a taste of what it’s really like to work in these environments and gain valuable industry experience for the future.

Plus, with a choice of several campus locations, as well as flexible day or evening study, it’s easier than ever to grab your future with both hands.

UWTSD has campuses in Camarthen (pictured), Swansea, Lampeter, Cardiff, London, and Birmingham

But don't just take our word for it. Here, two UWTSD learners share their experiences on why you should consider the university as your next step on your academic journey - particularly if you want to move into teaching, education and supporting others.

Emma’s journey

It’s never too late to learn - and that could not be more true for mature student Emma MacGregor, who recently graduated from UWTSD with a BA Advocacy degree.

A few years ago, Emma decided to do something for herself and step back into learning after time away, having been focused on her roles as a wife and mother and an office-based 9-5 role. However, her first year studying for the degree was challenging to say the least, as the country went into lockdown, meaning the course was moved entirely online. But despite this, Emma praises the support she received from staff and her peers.

Emma says: “My degree was certainly challenging as it was all remote online learning and there was no face-to-face support due to lockdown. However, it was amazing how the lecturers in my course were consistent in supporting me and others, taking into consideration that students may have more difficulties accessing the content online and at certain times.

“They considered individuals’ situations which varied - some with no computer experience, and some mothers like myself that had young babies and children and had to do home-schooling.

“If I needed any extra support or just someone to go through work with me, the lecturers would facilitate this. If they felt that personal issues were escalating, they would signpost us to student services which were a great support. I sometimes felt I didn't want to bother others but the lecturers and other staff would ensure all my needs were met.”

Emma with the Chair of Governors at UWTSD

Since graduating and leaving the university, Emma’s career path has completely changed, now working as a facilitator within Preventative Services with Mencap Cymru.

Emma continues: “It is an incredible job. I continue to learn and progress further in my career, and my confidence has improved dramatically. I now can believe in myself and believe I will continue to achieve my true potential.”

To anyone looking to switch careers and embark on the BA Advocacy programme, Emma exclaims: “Go for it! I had an entirely different perspective coming out of this degree than I did going in, and it was an experience that I am so grateful for.

“Advocacy is a unique role, with its person-centred approach. There are many injustices in the world we live in, and therefore advocates are needed, the people's voices need to be heard. If you believe in change, then this course is for you. Advocate for those who need it and support others to feel empowered, so they can reach their true potential.”

Declan’s experience

At the age of 23, Declan Milton-Harris is at a different stage of his life and will soon take his first steps into the working world. Declan is currently completing his Education Studies course at UWTSD and speaks very highly of the programme's material and flexibility.

He says: “The best thing about the programme is the diversity of teaching methods and assessments, as well as the flexibility of the course.

“I have had opportunities to develop through various assessment methods - from essays and presentations to portfolios, academic scrapbooks and blogs - allowing us, as learners, to be continuously engaged and challenge our abilities. The learning prior to assessments was also very dynamic through presentations, visits to the immersive room, educational trips, guest speakers, and multi-agency activities like Techniquest.

“The course itself is of a blended learning format with one full day (9am to 3pm) on campus and one-half day online (9am to 12am), which enabled me to continue working within a school setting alongside my studies.

“There are also no exams on the course, and the timetable’s structure allows three weeks of guided learning and one week to complete assignments which has been a huge factor to my success as a student, as it gives enough time to completely focus on each module. I have thoroughly enjoyed developing my professional identity at UWTSD as my learning has not been one-dimensional.”

Declan is in his third year completing an Education Studies course

Like Emma, Declan also praises the support of staff at UWTSD: “The support from all lecturers is astounding. They offer a comforting environment to share ideas but also help push your ability to exceed your expectations.

“The lecturers are always available via email or a virtual meeting, and help with any part of student life, not just the course content. The feedback received after each assignment is positive and constructive to facilitate improvements in future assignments.

“There are also plenty of opportunities for student voices to be heard at the end of each module through feedback questionnaires. Changes and concerns can be raised to make improvements to their teaching style, the course content, or future assessment.”

Having had such a positive experience, Declan does not hesitate to recommend UWTSD’s course to others thinking about pursuing a career in education - whether primary, secondary, higher or community education.

Declan says: “The Education Studies course is perfect for anyone wanting to challenge their academic ability and pursue a lifelong career in a variety of education sectors.

“The course content has developed my knowledge and understanding of the current education system, ALN, curriculum and assessment, safeguarding and well-being. Learning about how children and adults learn through various theoretical perspectives, policy, effective practice and legislation has given me a deeper understanding to support learners in the future.

“I have also developed an array of new skills that are relevant in the new technological era, which will be utilised throughout my career.”

You can choose to study either through English or Welsh, or even bilingually, with a number of courses available for Welsh study

Declan has now been accepted onto the Primary PGCE course at UWTSD to help fulfil his career goals of becoming a primary school teacher.

“The PGCE course will allow me to develop my academic skills, resilience, self-belief and confidence within my professional and personal identities, as well as helping me build a more positive attitude when facing times of adversity.”

On the other skills he's picked up throughout his study, Declan adds: “Employability week during my Education Studies degree also gave me further continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities, from completing a level 3 safeguarding course, first aid, and well-being training - all improving my expertise and the chances of employment post-graduation.

“My leadership and communication skills have also developed through collaborative activities and being the student representative of the cohort - skills which can be adapted and transferable to other aspects of my career and personal life.”

If you would like to enrol on one of UWTSD’s education studies, advocacy, sociology, inclusion or other childhood, youth and education courses, visit to find out more.