I chose Edge Hill University because I was aware of its excellent reputation for initial teacher training, particularly with respect to the support it provides.

“I was working towards my PhD when I realised that the only thing that I enjoyed about the course was the time I spent teaching and carrying out practical work. As I wanted to work in an environment that was continuously challenging, yet also enjoyable, I began to study for my PGCE.

I chose Edge Hill University because I was aware of its excellent reputation for initial teacher training, particularly with respect to the support it provides to trainees. I found this support and the ease of access that I had to my tutors, as well as other teaching experts, was vital in helping me through what was an extremely challenging and demanding year. Their knowledge, passion and encouragement were paramount in helping me to succeed and to attain the skills necessary to develop into an outstanding teacher.

The placements offered as part of the course provided a fantastic setting for my PGCE year and I had the opportunity to develop relationships with the staff and pupils at a variety of schools. It is true that every lesson is different, but it was the diverse challenges I faced daily in school that confirmed my desire to become a teacher.

Edge Hill has provided a great experience on my journey to becoming a teacher, from initially providing me with the opportunity to enhance my subject knowledge right through my training. Having now secured a teaching post in London I feel ready to face the challenges ahead, knowing that the University will continue to support me throughout my career.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for PGCE Secondary Science (Biology) (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS.