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Daniel Moxham

Shenyang, China

PGCE Education IDL (Independent distance learning)


Daniel Moxham was teaching kindergarten classes in Shenyang, China. He was looking to study a PGCE online and found the PGCE Education via Independent Distance Learning at Sunderland allowed him to explore education theory through his practice.

I was looking to further my career in education by studying a PGCE at a top university. The University of Sunderland’s PGCE IDL has allowed me to assess myself and the strategies that I use in the classroom. I have enjoyed applying the theory directly to my practical teaching and I feel that I have improved as a teacher because of this course! I've recommended it to everyone I know who is in the field of education in China and looking to enhance their knowledge.

On reflection I'd say that studying a PGCE whilst teaching full time is not easy, but my advice to other students and applicants is that it will all be worth it in the end. What I have found to be the key to success is thorough planning and resourcefulness. Access to the library and online resources via CANVAS has been amazing and I received brilliant support in the form of weekly meetings with my personal tutor too.

Since studying on this course, I have taken some fantastic strides in my career, including starting a new job in a bigger school. Studying the PGCE course has started opening doors for me in my career and I haven’t even finished it yet! It has not only furthered my career but enhanced my teaching ability.

My experience of studying on this course has been enlightening and I am very thankful for it. It has combined the perfect blend of theory and practice and helped me to see that as a teacher I am always improving."

Published 9 April 2021

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