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Postgraduate study

Student views

Rebecca Bennison

PGCE Education and Training with Teaching English (Literacy)

I love the diverse nature of teaching English and helping learners from all backgrounds gain qualifications to help them progress to the next stage of their life.

Rebecca  Bennison

Why university and why Stockton Riverside College?

As soon as I completed my degree, the next step was to complete my PGCE. The college stood out because I could gain my English specialism with a teacher training qualification, and I was keen to complete my placement in this area.

Why did you choose your subject?

I love the diverse nature of teaching English and helping learners from all backgrounds gain qualifications to help them progress to the next stage of their life.

Best thing about your course?

The practical elements. We often completed micro-teaching, where we learnt from our peers and then practised these skills on our teaching placement. There was a good balance of independent and taught study.

What skills have you gained that you feel will help you in your chosen career?

The confidence to stand up and teach a class full of people - something which petrified me before I started and I felt was a barrier, as I didn’t have any classroom experience. I’ve learnt practical ways to develop as a person and a professional, and gained a real insight into my chosen career. I felt supported through staff feedback to achieve my goals.

What do you think about the campus and teaching?

I loved it. There was an eclectic mix of teaching styles and support when studying independently. The facilities let you work in a supportive, accessible environment.

What are your ambitions for the future?

Since completing my PGCE, I work as an English teacher at the college. My positive student experience here has made me passionate as a member of staff to ensure that all learners have the same journey too. I feel the biggest sense of accomplishment, I have worked so hard and now I have the career I have always dreamed of.