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Hannah Hamilton

Sunderland, UK

BA (Hons) Film Studies

PGCE PCET


Hannah Hamilton had always wanted to teach, and after completing her Film Studies degree at Sunderland, decided to continue her studies and enrol onto the PGCE PCET course. She is now teaching full-time and hopes to teach Film or English at an FE college or a university in the future.

I always knew I wanted to teach, and I chose Sunderland as it is my local university, and I’d heard nothing but high praise about its teaching courses. I had also studied my undergraduate degree at Sunderland and enjoyed my time there, so was happy to stay.

The best part of the PGCE PCET course for me was meeting new people and developing what I would call a ‘teaching family’. It was great being on that journey with my fellow classmates. There are so many opportunities to take advantage of, which is another great aspect. I would definitely recommend the University and the PGCE PCET to other students.

I am now teaching full-time, teaching subjects I never thought I would, and developing my teaching skills every day. My future career aim would be to teach Film or English (my favourite subjects) for adults at an FE college or university. I would even love to go back and teach students how to teach, as I really enjoyed the PGCE PCET course.

What would I advise prospective students? Never miss an opportunity presented to you, believe in yourself – and don’t leave essays to the last minute!

I found that networking is really important; meeting new people that open you up to new ideas you never would have thought of. I found myself trying new things I wouldn’t have done previously and it was great to see myself developing as a person. Studying at Sunderland really shaped the person I am today.”

Published 29 May 2020

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