Case study

PGCE Early Years Education with QTS — Emma Spink

Emma studied for a PGCE at Edge Hill University. Discover how the course allowed her to continuously develop her professional practice in Early Years Education

Why did you decide to pursue a PGCE?

When deciding that I wanted to continue my studies and become a teacher, I knew straight away that I wanted to study at Edge Hill University. I had previously applied for an undergraduate drama degree and knew from this that I wanted to study there. Not only is the campus absolutely beautiful, but after attending my interview for my PGCE in Early Years Education with QTS, I knew that the staff would be both friendly and supportive.

Tell us about the placements you’ve been on. How did they prepare you for life as a teacher?

Through teaching placements and campus based training, I have been able to acquire the appropriate level of curriculum knowledge for Early Years Education, develop confidence in my professional practice and have generated an awareness and understanding of the varied historical, international and contemporary perspectives and theories of Early Education.

Studying at Edge Hill University also provided me with various opportunities to develop my professional practice through experiences such as gaining a paediatric first aid certificate, gaining knowledge and experience in special educational needs (SEN) and taking part in forest school exercises.

Tell us a bit about the course and what it involved?

The course as a whole was extremely enjoyable due to its well-structured lessons, variety of placements, which provided amazing opportunities, and the more relaxed opportunities like visiting Chester Zoo and having guest visits from companies such as Zoo Lab.

The most enjoyable part of this course however has to be the support, friendliness and positive energy shown by the staff at Edge Hill University's Faculty of Education.

What advice can you give to others?

I would say, just go for it and apply. This course at Edge Hill is a great way to enter the world of teaching.

I would also say, make the most of all of the opportunities offered to you by Edge Hill University as these opportunities are not only free, but also provide you with experiences that will set you apart when it comes to job hunting.

Most importantly, make sure you put your all into this course as the year goes by rather quickly. Make sure you organise your time appropriately to make sure you are working at your absolute best, while also allowing time to enjoy yourself. It will be one of the most intense but best years of your life and it is so worth it in the end.

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