First cohort of BA Secondary QTS students’ complete first term
Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:04:00 GMT
The School of Education and Professional Development within the University has recently launched two new courses that include 'Secondary Religious Education BA(Hons) with QTS' and 'Secondary Music Education BA(Hons) with QTS', courses that prepare students for the classroom in just three years. Rebecca Lundberg, course leader for both QTS courses explains that “this is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop their teaching skills whilst refining their subject knowledge alongside gaining your professional Qualified Teacher Status.”
This September saw the first cohort of students embark on a brand new degree pathway into a career into secondary teaching. The students have now completed their first term on the new courses, so we caught up with them to find out how they found their first term, and the reasons they chose this particular route into teaching!
Harriet Sharp – Year 1 Secondary Music Education BA(Hons) with QTS student
“I chose to study my course as I realised that being a music teacher meant I could have a job that I would love and want to get out of bed for. I have played the piano for as long as I can remember and love watching live music. The course allows me to develop my musical skills such as performance and composition while training me to become the best teacher I can possibly be. The QTS course is so special as it allows me to be a music teacher in just three years and I cannot wait to get out there and inspire children to love music just as much as I do.”
“As a music student I am invited to attend some of the concerts hosted by the Music School, these can differentiate from rock bands to string quartets. After performing the acts give workshops that allow us to develop our music skills and give tips on how to optimize practice and deal with performance anxiety, well worth going to!”
Liam Matthews- Year 1 Secondary Religious Education BA(Hons) with QTS student
“The idea of teaching RE never really entered my head until Sixth Form when I had an amazing teacher that showed how broad RE really was, and the moral, ethical and spiritual side which made me more interested in the way it can be explained and the way it makes you think outside of the box. I was at first looking at doing a degree first and then moving onto a PGCE, but when applying for Huddersfield, it was by chance that there was a 3 year course that allowed me to do that – which I couldn’t say no to.
“There are tutorial sessions to ensure that you are keeping on track and check points to ensure that you’re doing the right thing. If there are any problems, you know who to contact and you’ll know that you’ll get a reply quickly.”