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Lorraine Jolley

Sunderland, UK

PGCE Secondary English with QTS


Lorraine Jolley studied her undergraduate degree here at the University of Sunderland, graduating from BA (Hons) English Studies in 2014. She wanted to progress in her career and decided to study a PGCE to enable her to become a teacher. Her career plan is to become a secondary school English teacher after graduation.

I studied my undergraduate degree at Sunderland and chose to do my PGCE here too as, being from Sunderland, it was local to me. I had been working in a secondary school for 13 years and knew that in order to progress in my career, I needed to complete a PGCE to become a teacher.

The PGCE in English Secondary Education is very enjoyable; I really enjoy the research and analysis aspects of the course, and studying the principles of teacher training.

I’d definitely recommend the University of Sunderland to others, and would advise prospective students to just go for it! It doesn’t matter how old you are, there is always room for improvement and what better way to receive constructive feedback to improve yourself than to take on a degree and work with professional tutors.

I am due to graduate in July 2020 and after this I hope to find employment as a secondary school English teacher. Studying at the University of Sunderland is the best thing I have ever done.”

Published 1 May 2020

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