Following a career break, the UoB Dubai’s PGCE programme offered me the opportunity to retrain as a teacher at a reputable UK university, in an international setting.
I opted to study a PGCE Primary at the UoB Dubai rather than a PGCEi, as I valued the opportunity to attend university based teaching, rather than having to study online. Additionally, this course provided the opportunity to meet other students to share and benefit from our joint experiences.
The UoB Dubai provided the opportunity to study an internationally recognised teacher qualification without the need to move back to the UK, which wasn’t a feasible option for me.
What has your experience been like on your degree programme?
The combination of university based learning, alongside substantial experience in a school setting, has prepared me with the professional skills and confidence to become an effective classroom practitioner.
Whilst the PGCE Primary was a challenging and rigorous course, I felt supported throughout my learning journey by academic staff at the university and teachers and mentors whilst on school experience placements.
The staff in the School of Education are knowledgeable and supportive and have an awareness on the local educational context which they integrate with the UK programme.
What has your student experience been like at UoB Dubai?
I valued the opportunity to study with a truly international cohort of students.
How have you settled into a new city?
There are countless recreational activities available in the UAE. The UAE is clean and safe and has a welcoming expat community.
What advice would you give to a prospective applicant?
Teaching is a huge responsibility and the PGCE Primary programme requires a high level of commitment. Before embarking on the course seek out opportunities to work with young people to ensure a career in education is for you. Being organised and effectively managing your time will support you in undertaking this course.
What are your career aspirations?
Whilst undertaking the PGCE Primary course I was able to secure employment at a leading International school in Dubai. The diversity of my school experience placements allowed me to consider the type and culture of school I wished to work in.
Tell us about your favourite aspect of UoB Dubai?
Undertaking the PGCE Primary at the UoB Dubai has been truly life changing. I have really valued the opportunity to be able retrain in Dubai and embark on a new career as an educator, making a difference to young people’s lives.