What I’ve found is that Edge Hill has a real understanding of what students need from their university.

“What I’ve found is that Edge Hill has a real understanding of what students need from their university.

I found out about my course through friends who are teachers and then did my own research online. I actually read a profile of a career changer whose story sounded identical to mine, which really inspired me to go for it, so hopefully my thoughts will do the same for someone else.

Edge Hill’s absolute support through what can only be described as an intense year is what makes the place so special. As an example, I applied to do this course four years ago, but had to withdraw due to a family bereavement. The staff here were brilliant about it and, even though I wasn’t even a student at that point, they made me feel extremely well looked after.

I’d say the course has definitely met my expectations. It’s made very clear what is involved and how tough it is going to be so you are prepared for what’s ahead. The subject-specific lectures give you all the theory behind the profession, but then it is even better when you actually get out there and teach it, test it and mould it to your own personality and teaching style.

The people you meet really make it too and with the mentors having such a wealth of experience it’s impossible not to pick up tips and useful information.

After ten years working in the insurance industry I’d got to a stage where it wasn’t rewarding anymore and, more importantly, I wasn’t using my languages at all. I thought what’s the point in learning a language to then not use it, so did the PGCE and it’s the best decision I ever made. I just can’t wait to start my new job in September.”

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