Celebrating
a centenary
of Learning

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  • by Adam Hickey
  • graduated 2009
  • studied PGCE Science
  • from Ireland

I owe a huge amount to the staff of the PGCE Science department as they inspire, teach, calm and excite all in a single day.

I am currently a science teacher at Haute Vallee in St. Helier in Jersey. I am an Irish national, who at the age of 27 decided to give up my career in telecoms to retrain as a science teacher. I have been here for four years now and honestly believe it was the best decision of my life.

I studied astrophysics at Trinity College, University of Dublin and thought that I would love to be a teacher and actually have a job that I would enjoy. I promptly moved to Bristol based on the incredible testimonies I read on the website and heard from my friends. My time at the University of Bristol studying PGCE Science was a fantastic year. It was really tough but the staff were amazing, as was the support from the PGCE coordinators. I owe a huge amount to the staff of the PGCE Science department as they inspire, teach, calm and excite all in a single day.

My advice to anyone who is even contemplating a PGCE is to just go for it! The rewards are not tangible, not financial, but so much more than that. To inspire and teach and see the wonder and happiness in children’s faces is worth all the hard work, stress and tension. And once you 'hit your stride' you will feel bad for being paid to teach because you enjoy it so much.