PGCE (Upper Primary)
Campus-based, Full time
Tell us a little bit about your background
I studied BA English Literature and Educational Studies at De Montfort University before joining the School of Education at the University of Leicester the following year. I always wanted to be a teacher and so began the PGCE for Upper Primary in the hope that it would lead to a successful career in teaching.
What attracted you to the Programme of Study here?
Leicester's PGCE programme is both well respected and innovative and as I had heard good reviews from friends, I decided that this was the course for me!
Can you describe your experience of studying with the School of Education here at Leicester?
Really active! The course isn't just about learning the theory behind teaching; it focuses on teaching activities which can be applied in the classroom. The department is really friendly and you are supported by a good community of teachers. There are good resources available for all PGCE students and you will gain a portfolio of skills including confidence, lesson planning, setting targets and coping with a variety of children's needs.
What do you enjoy most about your course?
The school placements are definitely the best part of the course, they allow you to try out the skills you have learnt and try out different methods of teaching. Meeting all the different children and realising the progress you have made from placement to placement is really rewarding. The placements are quite varied which is good as it adds to your teaching experience.
How has your course influenced your thinking about teaching?
The course has made me realise how glad I am that I'm choosing teaching for a career, it's so rewarding! The course has also made me feel much more confident to teach.
What are your plans for the future once you have completed your degree?
I'm currently applying for teaching jobs and am hoping to secure a position in a local Leicestershire Primary School.
One piece of advice you would give to a new student starting here?
Keep on top of things and share ideas with other students and professionals in the field.