Childhood Studies student secures first-class honours & teaching role

An Early Years & Childhood Studies degree student from Solihull College & University Centre is celebrating after overcoming a number of obstacles to secure a first-class honours result.

Liam Carr, 32 from Birmingham, was one of three students from the Early Childhood Studies Top Up Degree who received a first this summer. His hard work has been rewarded, as following this success, he was offered a full time teaching role which started this September.

Liam initially attended the College six years ago but after struggling with his mental health he withdrew from his course. After a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome and a period of depression, Liam fought his way back to health and was determined to return to the College to progress in his education alongside his role as a teaching assistant.

He comments: “Everyone was so understanding of my condition. Solihull is a wonderful institution to assist people like myself who have experienced difficulties. I felt more comfortable returning to Solihull as the smaller teaching groups meant everything felt more one-on-one. I knew the lecturers and it was familiar to me.”

Liam Carr stands in his classroom hands on hips
Liam in his classroom at his Selly Oak school.

Alongside his teaching assistant role, Liam decided to study on the Early Childhood Studies Degree Top-up degree which he attended at the College one day per week for one year.

Now, after being awarded his first-class honours result, Liam works full time as a teacher of reception pupils at Selly Oak school. “I was delighted with my first,” he admits, “I was hoping for a 2.1 so I was thrilled. For me I would definitely recommend this course as it gives you the chance to work in schools and experience a number of different roles. I like to help young children keep that love of education.”

Helen Darby, Care and Education Lecturer and Course Coordinator at the College adds: “I am so proud of what Liam has achieved. He has overcome adversity and utilised the support available to all students for him to achieve a first. He is a perfect example of how this course supports learners to achieve their potential.”

Liam plans to study on a PGCE course next to become a fully qualified teacher.

Find out more about the College’s Early Years & Childhood Studies courses.