School of Education student profiles
Helen is studying PGCE Education (Postgraduate / Professional Graduate Certificate in Education) - Primary with the School of Education
Having completed a BA (Hons) in French and Spanish, I worked for 6 years for a children's charity before deciding to pursue a career in teaching. I decided early on to opt for the PGCertEd, taking three of my eight modules at Masters Level. There is no doubt that the high pace and intensity of the course requires total commitment. In return, students can expect teaching of the highest quality and support that is second to none. The University-based sessions are delivered by enthusiastic tutors with real insight and experience in their chosen field. They provide an excellent grounding in educational theory and best practice, while at the same time focusing very clearly on how these ideas can be implemented in the classroom.
With at least 18 weeks of the course spent on placement in local schools, there is plenty of opportunity to experience life as a teacher. These placements, working alongside a class teacher and supported by experienced mentors, helped me to grow in confidence in the classroom, allowed me to try out new ideas and enabled me to improve my skills and practice in all areas of school life.
As a Primary Language specialist, I also had the opportunity to spend 4 weeks teaching in France, gaining insight into another education system while at the same time improving my own language skills. The experience I gained and the relationships and connections that I made there have been invaluable to me in my subsequent teaching.
The Primary PGCE is a fantastic course. I have learnt so much and come so far in such a short time. In my experience, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. So, jump in with both feet and enjoy it – it is worth every second!