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As I am someone who learns more by doing things rather than observing them, it has been incredible to see the progress I have made during these practical aspects.

“I decided to study a PGCE in Secondary Modern Languages because I have degree in Spanish and wanted to work with young people. I also felt that becoming a secondary teacher would enable me to stretch my own subject knowledge and utilise my love of foreign languages. Edge Hill was an easy choice of university thanks to its ultra-modern facilities and friendly staff.

During the course I have undertaken placements in two very different schools, as well as participated in day visits to provide special language sessions in a variety of high schools. As I am someone who learns more by doing things rather than observing them, it has been incredible to see the progress I have made during these practical aspects. Immersing yourself into school life can be daunting and stressful at first, but there is no doubt that it is crucial to your development as a teacher.

Although it is hard work, the course is excellent and thoroughly prepares you for your first year as a teacher. I’ve found that studying a PGCE requires effort and dedication and can stretch you to your limits, but because it is challenging you feel such a sense of achievement when you succeed.

As I come to the end of the course I am happy to say that I have secured a year-long teaching post at the school where I spent one of my placements. My immediate aim is to now successfully complete my NQT year there before seeking a more permanent position.

Another option I’m considering is spending some time abroad in order to further enhance my language skills.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for PGCE Secondary Modern Languages (11-16 with QTS