Michael Willshire

PGCE Secondary Science (Physics) (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

The guidance and support on the course has been excellent from start to finish and I received valuable advice, feedback and mentoring.

“As a graduate with a 2:1 in Physics I decided to explore becoming a teacher as it has always appealed to me. As part of this I spent time working voluntarily in local schools and found that I really enjoyed the environment as well as the enthusiasm of young people.

I then chose to visit an Edge Hill University open day due to its outstanding reputation for initial teacher training and was thoroughly impressed by the campus, the facilities and the resources. I found it was also a good opportunity to speak to tutors and gain an understanding of what a PGCE entails.

The guidance and support on the course has been excellent from start to finish and I received valuable advice, feedback and mentoring throughout my teaching placements. Lecturers at Edge Hill gave me a confident understanding of all aspects of teaching, ranging from legal responsibilities and Ofsted guidelines, to differentiation strategies and behaviour management techniques.

In my experience the tutors were always there for every PGCE student, whether it has been to provide help with written assignments, guidance on a particular aspect of teaching, or just advice on how to teach a certain topic.

I feel that Edge Hill has a real commitment to ensuring that its students find employment after their course has finished too. Throughout my training I was able to attend a number of lectures, seminars and workshops about composing an outstanding CV, writing the perfect application letter, as well as how to prepare for teaching interviews. This was certainly of benefit to me as on completion of my PGCE I immediately secured a permanent teaching position at an independent school.”

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