UCP English Literature degree leads the way for career choice


University Centre Peterborough (UCP) graduate, Louise Roe, is preparing lesson plans for her new role, teaching GCSE classes at Peterborough Regional College (PRC).

Lou started her career by completing a one year Access to HE diploma at PRC before successfully enrolling onto the BA (Hons) in English Literature with UCP. She has just completed her teacher training and will soon be fully qualified.

 “I’d always wanted to teach but I had given up the idea when I fell into a job straight out of school. However, after years of work in various roles, from selling advertising space, to banking, to translating Braille, the recession came along with redundancies; three in a row for me.

“I must admit I had no idea what to expect from UCP; after all, it was relatively new and a lot smaller than most universities. However, I soon discovered that everyone was really supportive and I felt like I was learning so much; I loved it from the start. I met a huge variety of people including my partner! ”

Lindy Rudd is the Programme Manager at PRC and selected Lou for teacher training.

“By having a clear career path, students like Louise can aim high and look towards a career post-graduation. In a time of economic uncertainty, with negative stories about student debt, there is a clear potential for hard-working students at the end of their degree.”

Andrew McDonnell, Course Co-ordinator of the BA (Hons) English Literature degree, sees the pathway as more than just an intellectual exercise:

“Literature makes us more compassionate, it develops our emotional intelligence and abilities to understand different needs, a quality that is very important for going into teaching. Coupled with the skills you develop on a degree programme – problem solving, project management etc., English Literature can open up many doors. With a shortage of teachers in schools, it is fundamental that we develop people for postgraduate training, whether that is here within the college, or through a PGCE programme.”

This year has seen a strong move from graduates into teaching with over 50% of the cohort moving into teacher training with Teach East and other local providers.

So what does Lou feel now she’s graduating with her teaching qualification?

“I am just reaching the end of the course and then I get to graduate all over again if I so wish! Another bonus point for University Centre Peterborough is getting to graduate in robes at the beautiful local gothic cathedral; I have never felt more wizard-like in my life! A truly epic experience.”

With clearing now open, places are now becoming limited. If you’re interested in studying BA (Hons) English Literature please contact andrew.mcdonnell@peterborough.ac.uk as soon as possible for an informal chat.

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