Nathan Jackson

BSc (Hons) Secondary Design and Technology Education with QTS

Nathan Jackson

Three years ago I could never have dreamt that I would be signing a contract to teach. I am convinced that without Edge Hill I would never have had this amazing opportunity.

“I’d been passionate about design technology from a young age which developed further during my GCSEs, leading me to embark upon a modern apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery. Towards the end of this course I decided I wanted to pass my skills onto others, so went into my local secondary school to see how it was taught and discovered my true passion for working with young people.

Once I had decided to become a teacher I joined the Secondary Design and Technology Education degree at Edge Hill University where I have found the facilities on the course to be among the most advanced technology you could wish to learn on. I like the fact that you get to test your knowledge and that the use of the CAD/CAM facilities helps to keep you one step ahead of the curriculum; a priceless thing for teachers to have.

The range of practical projects we undertake with these facilities is fantastic, from 3D modelling to electronics, enabling me to develop my skills so that I am confident to teach in a wide number of areas across the curriculum. I find this remarkable considering that when I started the course my knowledge was really focused around woodwork.

Another great thing about the course has been the open-door policy the tutors have, which has been invaluable in helping me attain the degree I am working towards. I’ve always felt that I could talk to the tutors about any support I might need, whether this has been academic or personal. Having this friendly and accessible approach has meant that any concerns have been dealt with really quickly.

Now that I am coming toward the end of the course I am really happy to say that I have secured a full-time, design and technology teaching post in London. This is only just sinking in, because three years ago I could never have dreamt that I would be signing a contract to teach. I am convinced that without Edge Hill I would never have had this amazing opportunity.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for BSc (Hons) Secondary Design and Technology Education with QTS.