Jessica Anderton

PGCE Secondary Design and Technology (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

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The practical side of the course allows you to try things out before using them in the classroom, including gaining experience in Edge Hill’s workshops.

“I wanted to become a teacher because of my own great experiences at school with teachers who made every day really enjoyable. I particularly wanted to teach at secondary level as I feel it is more challenging teaching a wider age range, while Design and Technology appealed to me as I have a real passion for the subject.

The course has been fantastic and I particularly like the fact that it is practical and allows me to utilise the skills and knowledge that I have gained. I’ve participated in a two-week subject knowledge enhancement course, taught visiting school groups and taken part in two different placements.

The practical side of the course allows you to try things out before using them in the classroom, including gaining experience in Edge Hill’s workshops using laser cutters and 3D printers, and then producing schemes of work to help with your teaching. The tutors are always on hand to offer guidance and support, as well as advise you of how you can incorporate your skills into your teaching, which is definitely very helpful.

Another valuable aspect of this PGCE is that the support doesn’t stop once you have completed it. You can access Newly Qualified Teacher programmes at Edge Hill which includes conference attendance and tutor support, allowing you to network with other teachers and keep in contact with the University.

I feel this support will be really beneficial to me in the new role I have secured as a teacher of resistant materials at an academy in Blackpool; I can’t wait to get started.”

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