I was already teaching French and Drama when I decided I wanted to take my professional development further to qualify as a teacher. Several of my colleagues had studied for a PGCE at the University of Sunderland and the school has always encouraged its teaching staff to apply for the PGCE Education course in particular, making my decision to study here very easy.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Practice of Teaching module as it gave me the opportunity to work collaboratively with a mentor and learn from their expertise. It also allowed me to put teaching strategies into practice, giving me the skills and knowledge to apply the most suitable within a classroom environment.
My advice to anyone enrolling on this course would be to make sure you put the hard work in – be diligent with your research, make the most of the fantastic support from your tutors and it will all pay off in the end. Although the work can be challenging at times, studying here is a one of a kind experience and the result is totally worth it.
Renowned for being such a well-established academic institution, I would recommend the University of Sunderland to anyone thinking of studying here. Both the teaching and administrative staff are highly qualified, extremely competent and above all, understanding and supportive towards the students.
Since graduating, I’ve been successful in applying my knowledge gained on the course by improving the growth of the World Languages Department at the school, with more pupils keen to study French than ever before. As for my future career goals, I am hoping to start the MA International Education (DL) at the University of Sunderland to enhance my skills even further.
My time at Sunderland has been by far the most productive self-discovery journey I’ve been on. I’m really grateful for everything I’ve learned and it’s been a major privilege to study here.”
Published 24 November 2021