Joseph Cullen

The knowledge I have acquired and the experience I have gained throughout the PGCE has helped me to secure a teaching post at a secondary school in Manchester teaching English to Key Stages 3 and 4 pupils.

“After completing my BA Hons in English I gained employment as a teaching assistant and really enjoyed working with young people. Through this experience I knew that if I became a teacher I would be able to make a positive impact on someone’s life so enrolled for the Secondary English PGCE at Edge Hill University.

I really enjoy this course and particularly like how it is divided into both academic theory and practical placements. The academic side of the course requires an intense study of teaching and learning strategies which then help you to succeed when you are out on your placement. As well as this, there are opportunities to develop as a reflective practitioner and remain up-to-date with educational concepts.

The professional placements are located in contrasting schools to give you a well-rounded experience, and through undertaking these, I’ve worked with some amazing staff, attended exciting professional development events and engaged with some fantastic young people. During the placement you are also assigned a mentor to work with you to provide any support you might need and ensure you keep on track.

There’s no doubt that the placements are crucial to your success as you are able to implement and develop the skills you have learnt through your academic study. The opportunity to have contact with pupils on a day-to-day basis and become immersed in a school’s culture and ethos really does help to prepare you for life as a teacher.

The knowledge I have acquired and the experience I have gained throughout the PGCE has helped me to secure a teaching post at a secondary school in Manchester teaching English to Key Stages 3 and 4 pupils. I am hugely enthusiastic at the thought of having my own class to teach and I aim to show them just how exciting, thought-provoking and engaging a subject like English can be.”

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