Students praise PGCE programme

Shrewsbury College is encouraging wannabe teaching professionals to study locally and beat the rising costs of university.

Those interested in studying a PGCE qualification will be able to study at the College’s new facilities at London Road from September.

“Local colleges have some big advantages over universities,” said Marketing Manager at the College, Charmian Turner. “For one thing you build up far less student debt because college fees are lower than university fees, although the course you are doing is the same. Most people studying at college don’t have to live away from home and that saves a lot in accommodation costs.”

Teaching is becoming an increasingly popular choice of career for a wide range of skilled and talented people.

Shobhna Fletcher recently completed her PGCE at the College: “I originally did a maths degree and went into investment banking. I’m 43 and I graduated when I was 21, so it was a big step to go back to education.

“The quality of teaching and the support at Shrewsbury College is very, very good. I’ve been able to study part-time and fit the course around my family life. I’m so glad I chose to come here.”

Fellow student Sarah Gibbons completed a BTEC and a HND qualification at Shrewsbury College before she enrolled on the PGCE course. “I was extremely satisfied with the amount of support from the College and the opportunities created by tutors.  I chose the PGCE course in the hope that it would provide me with the same experience and it has definitely met and exceeded all expectations.

“My placements have really prepared me for future employment and my personal development across the year has been phenomenal.  I really feel this year has been value for money.”

Shrewsbury College delivers part-time PGCE qualifications on behalf of Edge Hill University, who were recently recognised as one of the top performing universities in the country for graduate employability rates and have received Outstanding from Ofsted for the past 4 years. The College can also guarantee a teaching placement which forms part of the course.

“During the first year of the PGCE I managed to secure a job in the Employer Engagement department of a Shropshire college,” said former student Hugh Rodger. “I think the fact I had embarked on the PGCE was a significant factor in me being able to secure this job.

“It’s great to see that Shrewsbury College are investing and developing the London Road campus. It will be of great benefit to future students.”

You may be able to start a PGCE course at Shrewsbury College in February. For more information on the range of teaching qualifications at the College, please call 01743 342342 or click here.

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