Jade Stevens - PGCE Art and Design Secondary

PGCE Art and Design Secondary Education - 2016

Originally from Birmingham, PGCE Art and Design Secondary Jade came to Birmingham City University to study a BA (Hons) Fine Arts and continued studying at BCU to gain her PGCE in Art and Design, Secondary Education.

Why did you choose to study at BCU?

The reputation of the course is excellent and I am also a previous BCU student as I have already completed the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree.

What have you enjoyed most about the course?

 The university provided placements and workshops to help with my studies, and I really enjoyed these.

What were your placements like?

I had two placements in contrasting locations which was a great way to experience working in two different types of schools. Both schools provided fantastic experiences and were hugely beneficial for my training.

How did you find support from staff and what do you like about your faculty?

The staff were excellent in providing support when needed. We also had subject mentors when we were on placement and they were great at providing support and advice. 

What made you choose Birmingham City University and what do you like about studying here?

The university is local to me and the course was challenging but rewarding. It was great that the staff were supportive and friendly.

Where are you working now and what are your plans for the future?

I am currently working for a secondary school in West Bromwich and there are many CPD opportunities available to me there.  

In the future I plan to remain in education and develop a career within teaching and learning.

What advice would you give to future students?

It is a challenging course, however it is very rewarding and builds you as a character. Engage with the course as much as possible and take time to share ideas, recourses and experiences with other trainees.

From my experience, putting as much effort as possible into resources is really important as it will put you in a great position for your first teaching post. Enjoy!