Hannah Healing

PGCE Further Education and Training

By opting for Edge Hill, you are demonstrating to prospective employers that you are dedicated to the profession, are willing to take it seriously and that you are of a high calibre.

“I decided to pursue a career in teaching because I really do love my subject, English, and teaching is a brilliant way to inspire other students to connect with the subject as I did.

I’ve been very lucky in having been taught in the past by some amazing teachers who were equally as passionate about the subject as me and, it might be a cliche to say it, but I hope to inspire and motivate students in the same way as they did.

Another thing that’s appealing are the options that teaching professionals have open to them – being able to teach all over the world is an enticing prospect and there aren’t many professions that offer that freedom.

The one thing that made me choose Edge Hill is, quite simply, its reputation. I think that if you want to train to be a teacher, by opting for Edge Hill, you are demonstrating to prospective employers that you are dedicated to the profession, are willing to take it seriously and that you are of a high calibre.

Something that stands out about Edge Hill is the staff. The support you receive from them is like nothing else I’ve experienced and everyone, from course leaders to subject tutors, will happily take time out to help with assignments or help you practice your interview techniques.

The toughest challenge I’ve had during my PGCE has been managing the workload – while studying and writing assignments you are also planning lessons. It took me a few months to find a balance between the two but, again, it’s the support you get from the staff that makes this transition much easier, particularly if you’ve had any time out from education, as I had.

I’ve met so many great people on this course, but my particular inspiration is my friend Varrie. She’s just so committed and thorough in everything she does, and reaps the rewards because of it. She now lives in Ohio and is studying for her Master’s in Chemistry, but it’s worth noting that she came to Edge Hill to do her Science PGCE. She’s definitely proof that if you give it your all and work hard then your dreams and ambitions can come true.

For anyone currently deciding which university or course to choose and thinking of Edge Hill’s PGCE, my advice would be to make sure you are prepared to work hard – but also to enjoy it. It will be the quickest nine months of your life and the work you have to put in is so worth it, especially when you get that first job offer. Nothing compares to it. I’ve recently accepted my first job offer and owe my success to the training I received at Edge Hill.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for PGCE Further Education and Training.