Student Perspective | Janella Borrell | PGCE

"I really like how placement is introduced so early in the academic year – I feel as though this gives us as much of a practical experience as possible."
22nd November 2021
Janella Borrell is on our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programme. Originally from Gibraltar, Janella hopes to secure a job as a secondary science teacher after graduating.

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

I chose to study a PGCE at the University of Gibraltar because I know people who have completed the course previously and they have spoken very highly of the lecturers and the support received. Having studied my undergraduate degree at a large university where I sat with hundreds of other students in lecture rooms, I was looking forward to studying within a small cohort and feeling more connected to my lecturers.

What has been your experience of the programme so far?

I have really enjoyed this fast-paced, dynamic programme and have loved getting to know the rest of the cohort. The lecturers and school-based mentors have been lovely and very supportive. I really like how placement is introduced so early in the academic year compared to other universities – I feel as though this gives us as much of a practical experience as possible, which is paramount in a PGCE course.

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

I have very much enjoyed placement and have already taught quite a lot of lessons even though I am aware that for a lot of PGCE courses in the UK, students have not yet started teaching. I think it is useful to experience the classroom environment quite early on, to be able to link the theory work to the practicalities of being in a classroom – learning by doing. The mentors and school staff have been extremely welcoming and supportive.

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

I have loved getting to know the rest of my PGCE cohort, who are of all ages and come from very different backgrounds. We have formed a special bond and regularly arrange to meet up for social events and catch-ups. We also keep in touch through our WhatsApp group.

What are you planning to do once you graduate?

Once I graduate, I hope to secure a secondary science teaching job. I am really enjoying being able to teach in the classroom and look forward to hopefully being a fully qualified teacher this time next year.

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

I would say go for it. Gibraltar is such a unique place, and the university staff and lecturers are all so kind and supportive. The smaller classes compared to other universities mean that you can build up a close relationship with your lecturers and peers, who will be happy to make time to support you and listen to you. Gibraltar also has a lot to offer in terms of extra-curricular sports and activities, including walks in the upper rock, to make the most of its spectacular views and wildlife.
  • 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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