Teaching & Education (PGCE and Postgrad) student stories

What is it really like studying at the University of Cumbria? Here's what our undergraduate and PGCE students thought about their time studying Education here at the university.

Student Stories

Lois Andrews

PGCE Primary Education with QTS - School Direct Route

"It’s daunting coming back to uni as a mature student. You think “can I cope? Am I past it?” But there is a lot of support on the course. I wasn’t past it. I shouldn’t have worried. My family also benefited as I was happy and my partner even said I had my mojo back!"

Chantel du Randt

PGCE Primary Education with QTS

Chantel du Randt took the leap and embarked on a PGCE to change careers. In this quick interview, she tells us her story and how she managed to balance family life and study to achieve her ultimate goal of becoming a teacher.

Joseph Rudd

PGCE Primary Education with QTS

"I wanted the ability to look back in 50 years and be proud of my career, its accomplishments and the difference I have made. I know now that I have made the right decision."

Steafan Deery

PGCE Primary with Physical Education Specialism

Steafan Deery was a PE specialist with the Irish Football Association who retrained to become a teacher. In this quick interview, he tells us why he decided to get into teaching and why the University of Cumbria was the right choice for him.

Debbie Steel

General Primary with QTS: Inclusion/ Special Educational Needs and Disability

Debbie, a career changer, shares her inspiring story of transitioning from a successful hotel management role to becoming a teacher. Debbie discusses her initial love for teaching, the desire to make a positive impact, and the challenges she faced during her teacher training journey. She highlights the importance of her supportive tutors, valuable placement experiences, and offers practical advice for aspiring teachers. She expresses her enthusiasm towards helping children grow and learn.

Annie Chau

Teacher Training

After teaching children in Hong Kong for 7 years, Annie joined us to continue her teaching career in the UK. Keep reading to hear about her experience of our PGCE programme as an international student, including the bespoke support we offer at the University of Cumbria.

Shannon Keys

PGCE General Primary (5-11yrs) with QTS

Current PGCE student, Shannon, had already completed 2 undergraduate degrees when she joined us. She chose to join Cumbria's acclaimed PGCE programme after chatting to our friendly academic team and loved that she could complete her final placement from her home in Northern Ireland. Keep reading to hear more about her Teacher Training journey.

Andrew Clark

Secondary Education with QTS: Religious Education (PGCE)

Andrew, originally from Southport, chose the University of Cumbria because of its long history of successful teacher training. He describes himself as passionate about education and regards RE as central to holistic development of young people.

Mark Clayton

PGCE Non-QTS Online

"I did this course as part of my SCITT training. I felt it would provide additional academic background to my very practical course. If you do choose to do this course, best of luck with it. I found it brilliant. "

Nick Hellier

General Primary (5-11 Years) with QTS

Nick, a career changer, shares his story of transitioning from a self-employed joiner and roofer to becoming a teacher. Nick discusses how he found his love for teaching, the desire to make a positive impact, and the challenges he has faced during his career transition. He highlights the importance of accessible learning at Cumbria, the support he has received from tutors, and his plans for the future.

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