Hereford PE Teachers Offer Advice on University

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Choosing what to study at university can be a difficult decision, particularly if you’re not sure what career you want to follow.

For Hereford teacher Dave Woodward, it was about choosing a subject that he enjoyed. He had a vague idea of becoming a PE teacher but it wasn’t until he began studying that he really cemented his plans.

“I wasn’t 100 per cent sure about becoming a PE teacher when I was choosing my university and course,” he said. “So I looked for something I knew I would enjoy and that would set me up for a number of careers.”

Dave studied a BSc in Physical Education and Sports Studies at the University of Worcester, graduating in 2006, before completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education to follow his chosen path as a PE teacher.

“Worcester was perfect, I could choose my modules, and then really focus on my desire to become a PE teacher, that was developed through my three undergraduate years,” said the 29-year-old.

Dave is now a PE teacher at Whitecross School in Hereford, working alongside fellow Worcester graduate, Jade Watkins.

“I am in charge of the Sports Specialism of the school and Professional Mentor for all the trainee teachers that come in to the school,” he said. “I look back at my university years with fond memories of both my course mates and lecturers. Looking back on the course content now, it set me up well for the PGCE and my career.”

Jade took an identical route to Dave in her journey to become a PE teacher.

“I knew I wanted to be a PE teacher and after listening to ex-students talk about Worcester, I knew it was the place for me,” said the 27-year-old. “The course I picked was right for me; it gave me a great blend of both practical and theory and has set me up in my chosen career.”

When asked what advice the pair had for others, they both said: “Get all the experience you can, volunteering, coaching, work experience. Nothing you do is worthless, and you need make the most of what university offers.”