Nov 29, 2011

Budding teachers on Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form’s Pre-Professional Teaching programme have visited a specialist Primary and Early Years Education taster at Edge Hill University.

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The Pre-Teaching programme at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form is an innovative course which aims to prepare those who wish to enter the teaching profession to prepare for their future career and university degree programmes. It was developed following on from the College’s first Pre-Professional Programme for Medicine, which has an outstanding reputation for helping young people to enter the medical professions.

During the Pre-Professional Programmes, students are able to attend trips and visits to universities and places of interest relevant to their course. The College also welcomes visiting experts who come into the classroom to offer an insight into their careers and students also receive specialist advice and guidance for applying for places on these competitive degree programmes.

The Pre-Teaching students visit to Edge Hill University, which is a well respected teaching training centre, allowed them to attend a Primary and Early Years Education Taster Event. During this visit, students were given a flavour of what it is like to undergo teaching training and received essential advice on student finance and applications. As well as attending a lecture from the head of the teaching faculty, they learnt more about the interview process and had an opportunity to speak with current students and take part in a campus tour.

Former West Craven High Technology College pupil Naomi Gimeno, who is studying full-time A Levels at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form said, “I found the visit to Edge Hill really inspiring and it gave me a good insight into what teaching courses involve. It also helped me to clarify what age group I would like to teach when I begin my career.”