Pre-Teaching students explore future in Higher Education

A leading education lecturer from the University of Worcester has been helping students to explore their future options after college.

Head of Secondary Education, Alison Winson, explained the importance of a well-prepared university application when she addressed College students last Wednesday. Students learnt about Worcester’s course entry requirements, as Worcester is currently the fastest growing hub for teaching in the UK. As part of the workshop, students also learned about preparing personal statements and interview techniques to prepare them for applying to university.

Out of the 14 Pre-Teaching students who attended the session, a large number showed an interest in teaching History, and others a desire to work in primary education.

Student Jonathan Parker said he was inspired by the presentation: “Worcester sounds like it’s got a lot to offer for me and the campus sounds great,” adding “I have really fond memories of the teachers that have taught me, and want to do the same myself.”

The Pre-Teaching Level 3 course is a vocational qualification taught alongside other courses. Student Kaitlin Beech found the talk about higher education interesting, saying “Yes definitely helpful, especially talking about campus life, entry requirements, and personal statements and knowing what they’re looking for.”

Alison Winson commended students for their participation: “The students were a really engaging group. They appear to have a very clear goal of where they want to be and were very insightful when asked why they wanted to teach. For those that will go onto teach when they’re 18 this will be very real to them. It’s very important that we see young people progress and that’s what makes my job so rewarding.”

Pre-Teaching course leader Kate Williams acknowledged the working relationship between the Cirencester College and the University: “I was really pleased that Alison was happy to come back this year. The University of Worcester has always been really helpful and willing to talk to our students about getting in to teaching.”

For more information about our Pre-Teaching course check out the course on our website. Alternatively, if you’d like more on this story, please contact izaac.cole@cirencester.ac.uk.