Hi! I'm a mature student on a 4 year KS2/3 Science Ed course at Brighton Uni. I'm divorced and have a 6 year old daughter. Last year we both coped better than I'd expected with uni. I commute for an hour either way on the trains into uni, 9am lectures were the hardest as we'd have to leave home at 7am, dropping my daughter off at a friends so I could catch a 7.30 train. I was having driving lessons, but quickly realised I just couldn't afford to run a car. My first year placement, an 8 week block was a nightmare. I made my total situation very clear to the uni; yet despite there being 8 primary schools in my town-two literally over the road from me (and I know they had students last year) I got placed in one miles away, again meaning hellish early starts for my daughter (who was 5 at the time). I complained to my course leader who was very unsympathetic and I was told I'd have to do it, or quit. She even gave me a lecture on how she did her training with 2 children, and I reminded her that she's married....Even the teachers at the school I'd been placed in couldn't believe how far I was expected to travel given the fact that a) I don't drive and b) I have a small child. I'm really worried about my secondary placement next January as there are are only 2 secondary schools in the town-the rest in the neighbouring towns are very much off the beaten track. Whilst I appreciate that the uni rely heavily on the kindness of schools to take students (they also pay £450 per student to the school), I'm really worried about where I'll get placed. I'm hoping to finish my driving this year, but again can't afford a car. Even if I could, my daughter's my main priority. I'm really worried I'll have to quit....We don't get told where we're going until the week before.