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Tim – PGCE

Alumni Tim returned to Cornwall and quickly took steps to pursue his teaching career. After studying Level 3 Sport at Truro College himself, he returned during his University placement and taught on that same course.

"When I was a student on this course, I never thought I'd be back later teaching on it."

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Course Studied: Post Graduate Certificate in Education

Career: Lecturer in Sport at Callywith College

Hometown: Goonhaven

My Story:

Alumni Tim originally studied Sport Level 3 Extended Diploma at Truro College before heading off to Cardiff Met for his undergraduate degree in Sport and Physical Education. Having always wanted to be a teacher, it wasn’t long after returning to Cornwall that Tim had enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the University Centre. Soon, Tim found himself teaching students on the course he was once on himself during his placement at Truro College Sports Department. When Callywith College opened in 2017, Tim continued his teaching experience and finished his qualification during his time there. He now works Full time at Callywith College as a Sport Lecturer.

Tim said: ” When I was a student on this course, I never thought I’d be back later teaching on it. The other teachers were all the same as when I was a student, which was nice, to have previously been a student and then to get welcomed into the office and get to know them, not just as teachers but on a personal level as well.”

“The highlight of my journey so far was definitely being part of the team at Callywith when we received Ofsted Outstanding. It meant a lot to the people that were there since Day one, it was a great achievement. I feel lucky, the opportunities happened at the right times when I was on the course. The opportunity to work at Callywith when it first opened, getting the full-time position at Callywith the year after, and then getting the Outstanding.”

“It was a big jump between my undergrad and the PGCE in terms of how much you were doing, because you were going out there practicing as well as studying. It was a challenging year but it as one of the most rewarding.”

“My advice to others would be – do it. It’s really tough, challenging, but it’s very much rewarding. Academically I’d say it was probably the hardest years, but I got so much out of it.”

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