Student Perspective | Henry Earle | PGCE

"I really enjoy being in a classroom surrounded by inquisitive students. I enjoy teaching and seeing students progress."
14th December 2021
Henry Earle, originally from Gibraltar, spoke to us about his experience so far on our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programme.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Gibraltar?

I choose to study at unigib because its where I live. They offered the programme I am interested and I found it easier to begin studying here than to uproot my life and head to the UK. I also did not see any difference in the level or quality of the programme compared to the UK and therefore unigib was my first choice.

What has been your experience of the programme so far?

I am studying a PGCE and the programme is very intense. My experience is a mix of placement and lessons. The lessons provided at the university are great. There is a lot of information crammed in to a short amount of time, but the quality of the lectures and lessons have been to a high standard.
The placement has been a lot of fun. Being on placement adds a lot more intensity to the day as I’m in school all day and have to catch up with work later on.

As part of your degree you have spent some time on placement; what was that like?

I am on placement in St Bernards lower primary and I am loving it. I really enjoy being in a classroom surrounded by inquisitive students. I enjoy teaching and seeing students progress. I also enjoy building relationships with the students, and I find that the more time I spend on placement the more I care about the students I am teaching.
I also feel like in my placement is where I am really putting the theory to test and seeing what works well for the students and for myself.

How have you found student life at the University of Gibraltar?

My interaction with the university is mainly lectures and I have spent some time working in the library.
In terms of being student again, I find myself with more work than I have had in a long time and learning to balance that and my personal life is difficult.

What are you planning to do once you graduate?

Hopefully get a job with the Department of Education, and teach for the rest of my life.

What would you say to someone interested in studying at the University of Gibraltar?

If you have a passion for teaching and want to stay in Gibraltar, then the unigib PGCE is the best thing you can do.
It is a difficult programme but it will really challenge you to be a great teacher and provides you with all the necessary, pressure, information and guidance to get there.
  • 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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