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Student Stories | Elsa, Demi and Pradeep, PGCE

Elsa, Demi and Pradeep share their experiences of studying with us
Elsa Baldacchino (EB), Demi Green (DG) and Pradeep Karnani (PK) are students on the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

What is your experience of being a student in Gibraltar?

EB: Studying at home gives me more time to spend with my family.

DG: Love it! The ability to complete the PGCE whilst at home is amazing.

PK: I never thought I would study at a “University of Gibraltar” having read a BA and MSc in UK universities; however I am glad to have been part of the first generation of students to be studying here as my experience has been a positive one so far. As Gibraltar is so small, commuting is not an issue (and surprisingly neither is parking at the UoG) so that has been one benefit of studying here! I have felt supported throughout my time whether it be admin / course queries – the university staff and lecturers have always been there to help.

What do you like about your programme?

EB: Practical sessions are the part of the programme I most enjoy.

DG: The structure of the programme in general. There is a balance of time in uni and at placement. As well as, the constant support offered to me.

PK: The lectures are often a mix of presentations and practicals which help bring the sessions to life and have helped us understand the theory in a fun and engaging manner.

I am lucky to be a part of a brilliant cohort of fellow trainee teachers that are always there for one another and have all become close friends!

What is your experience of teaching and learning at the University?

EB: Great level of support

DG: Having just finished an UG degree in the UK, I can say the level of professionalism shown by the team is remarkable. Ive found the style of teaching is very engaging and modern. Lecturers are extremely supportive and really go out of their way to assist you in anything you need.

PK: I have had a positive experience at the University of Gibraltar so far! All tutors and guest lecturers have been supportive, friendly, delivered clear and interesting lectures and have been very approachable throughout. Our lead lecturer(s) are literally an “email away” as they respond to any query regardless what time it is!

What would you say to a student thinking of applying to the University?

EB: You get more support than in UK universities

DG: Do it! Being able to study in Gibraltar is a unique opportunity, both for locals who get to stay home, and for those from abroad who will get to experience how unique we are!

PK: Definitely recommend anyone wanting to apply to the University of Gibraltar! A great university with a friendly atmosphere, great tutors and staff support.

If you have completed a placement, where did you go? What did you do? How did you find it?

EB: Placement at St. Paul’s school arranged by the university. It was a fantastic experience.

DG: Placement is part of the PGCE. I was placed at a local secondary school and found the support from both the university team and school team was over the top. The guidance I have received during my first placement as a trainee teacher has allowed me to grow as a teacher.

PK: The PGCE requires a minimum of 120 days of placement in local schools that have been arranged by the University. My placements are in local secondary schools – Bayside Comprehensive School and Prior Park Gibraltar. While I have yet to complete my placement at Prior Park I have completed a one term at Bayside which has been a fantastic experience! With a great mentor, supportive staff team and warm experience – it was one of the best decisions to complete my teacher training in Gibraltar!

  • PGCE

    Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

    The course has been designed and delivered in partnership with the Department of Education in Gibraltar and seeks to provide students with the opportunity to become effective teachers in the education profession.[...]

    1 Year

    Yes Placement option

    Full Time

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