Will is studying PGCE Secondary Physics with Maths. He discusses his experience of The University of Manchester so far.
I wanted to become a teacher because I was passionate and enthusiastic about my subject and I wanted to choose a career where I could make a difference on a day-to-day basis. Each day is different and I enjoy the interaction with the pupils and other members of staff.
The university-led PGCE route into teaching seemed to be the most obvious way into teaching for me. I studied as an undergraduate at The University of Manchester, so I knew what a great University it is and the PGCE course at Manchester is highly regarded.
My placements have helped me to develop my teaching skills, especially the observations with other teachers. You pick up so many key ideas that you can apply in your own lessons.
The most challenging part of the PGCE is the workload. The highlight has been meeting the other trainees on the course and the support we gave each other and the support we received from our tutors. The tutors at Manchester are always friendly and approachable. My tutor provided tailored university-based sessions that suited our tutor group, which was really helpful.