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Department of Education Studies

Education as a route into teaching

Many of our undergraduate students go onto teacher training programmes such as PGCE and School Direct (both Primary and Secondary). In these videos, Education graduates Mark Gallagher and Kris Cookson talk about their experiences as they embark on the Secondary PGCE at Liverpool Hope. Please view the videos here.

Ashley Kirwan Ashley Kirwan achieved First Class Honours in BA Education and Geography and has gone onto the PGCE Primary course at the University of Bristol. He received three awards at graduation:

  • Winner of the Education Studies Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Education Studies
  • Winner of the Geoff Taylor Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Geography
  • Winner of the Derwent Prize for the Best Performance by a Final Year Combined Honours Student.

“Before I began studying at Hope I knew little about the University, and hadn't been to visit during an open day. However, this isn't something I regret, as any doubts I held were dispelled just a week into my degree. I instantly found the University and the City of Liverpool had a warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere. The students I met became friends almost immediately and remained so throughout the duration of the course.

“I had originally applied for Primary Teaching (QTS) with Modern Foreign Languages. However, due to my late application, and perhaps relative lack of qualifications, I found myself studying Education combined with Geography. This new challenge was made less daunting by the tutors, who were reassuringly supportive and explained the tasks that lay ahead in a way that made them slightly less scary. They gave my course mates and I the belief that achieving a top degree was always going to be possible if we gave it our all.

“Opportunities to go beyond the constraints of the lecture/seminar routine were abundantly available. By the end of my first year, I was in collaboration with universities across the country in creating an undergraduate journal, and by the end of the second year, I found myself in a rural town in Hungary with students across Europe studying the benefits of sustainable education.

“In my final year, I had my research accepted for presentation at the British Education Studies Association conference, so I'm having to go back and dig up the dreaded dissertation for further reworking in advance of this! Education Studies threw up surprises left, right and centre and there was no telling where I would end up year after year. The opportunities that I've had have been easy to come by, because every tutor on my course pushes their students to fulfil their potential, offering them the chance to go further than they ever thought possible.

“In September 2015, I will begin a primary teacher training course in Bristol.  However, it's going to take an awful lot to compare to my experience at Liverpool Hope University.”

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