Before beginning my Level 4 certificate in Education and Training, I studied BSc in Sports Coaching and PE as well as a MSc in Sport and Exercise Science at Anglia Ruskin University.
During my time studying at ARU, I knew I wanted to develop a career in further education by gaining some teacher training, as I hoped to develop as a teacher and continue to enhance my subject knowledge. I decided to go to University Centre of West Anglia, since the course met the requirements and was local for me.
As I was working for CWA at the time of gaining my qualification at UcWA, the college supported me in undertaking the course as well as putting time aside for me to attend.
I found the course very interesting, it consisted of theoretical information about teaching, specifically teaching in further education and adult education. Whilst studying a lot of guest speakers came in from different backgrounds to discuss their experiences and area of expertise.
The area that I found most useful and enjoyable during the course was the practical skills we were able to develop, from creating resources to teaching in a classroom, and receiving the feedback from that experience. During my time studying the course, my classmates where very supportive, we regularly shared our own experiences and insights with one another to help with the course.
My time at UcWA allowed me to study teacher training at a higher level and continue to develop my knowledge of the profession. This has enabled me to work as a lecturer in in Sports Science, as well as become course director for the level 3, Sport course (year 2) at College of West Anglia.