Having already studied at Edge Hill for a few years, it seemed a logical choice for me to stay. I first came to Edge Hill University with the goal in mind to complete teacher training. I faced a few unexpected barriers, and so I decided I would complete a PGDE after finishing my undergraduate degree.
The application process was relatively straightforward. I applied online via UCAS, and wrote a new personal statement to reflect my ambition to be a teacher. I was quickly invited for an interview, which included a requirement to create and deliver a presentation about how I would deliver a lesson within my chosen subject. Very soon after the interview day, I was offered a place on the course.
I’ve been able to fund my PGDE with a loan from Student Finance England. PGDE/PGCE funding is slightly different to typical Masters degree funding, as you can access the same funding as you can at undergraduate level. I applied for both tuition fee and maintenance loans, and I really like that this doesn’t impact my eligibility to apply for a full Masters degree loan in the future if I choose to.
I particularly enjoyed the curriculum design module, as I was really able to get creative with the assessments for the learners. The PGDE at Edge Hill is a one-year degree, and carries 120 credits at level 7, which is Masters level. The 120 credits are split into four modules, which run consecutively over the year. This means I don’t have to worry about managing multiple deadlines at the same time.
The tutors on my PGDE are amazing and really helpful. I’ve found the study skills sessions on offer at Edge Hill to be a huge help, and I’ve had personal tutor meetings for support whenever needed. Each of my tutors have supported me in different areas, using their own differing expertise and I am so grateful for their help.
My professional practice placement allowed me to settle into the school and build up my confidence until I was ready to teach a class solo. My placement was within an alternative provision, for young people who for various reasons were not able to complete their education in mainstream schools. It has been a great experience.
Thanks to my PGDE, I have also managed to secure part-time work as a study skills tutor for autistic higher education students. Once I graduate, my plan is to start my PhD. Over the years I have been at Edge Hill, I have really found a passion for research, and I am really looking forward to having the opportunity to really get involved in a research project I have designed myself. Alongside this, I’ll be providing one to one support in areas such as academic writing, proofreading and research. Once I finish my PhD, I hope to secure a teaching role in Further or Higher Education.