Sophie Dottie – PGCE Primary Education with QTS


The University has a great reputation for training teachers. Having studied an undergraduate in Drama and a Masters in English, I felt the best way for me to apply and share my subject knowledge was to teach.

I was already familiar with the Edge Hill campus and the support systems in place, so this really helped the transition. In my experience, postgraduate life has a much higher expectation for self-directed study, so time management comes into play a lot more.

The application process was straightforward. I used my personal statement as a basis to form talking points for my PGCE interview too, so this was really useful. I funded my course through student finance, which I also found to be an easy process to complete.

I’ve been given plenty of opportunities for continued professional development. My PGCE course at Edge Hill involves theory-based learning, covering topics such as how children learn. All my theory work is put into context either with real-life examples from my tutors, or when I see it first hand out on professional practice. Each student on the course is assigned personal academic tutors, who offer advice and guidance throughout our time on the course. I’m finding this support system to be extremely helpful.

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