About you and background
My name is Leanne Jenkins, I am 21 years old and I live in Abertridwr in Caerphilly. I finished school in 2009 and went straight on to study CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education at Coleg y Cymoedd, Ystrad Mynach. After finishing my Diploma, I applied to study BA (hons) Educational Studies and Early Childhood Studies at Cardiff Metropolitan University and was successful. I completed my degree in three years and then applied to do my PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training at the Ystrad Campus of Coleg y Cymoedd
What made you decide to study at Coleg y Cymoedd?
When I was in school I spoke to a careers advisor and told him I wanted to teach in the future. I was indecisive of whether to stay on for sixth form or go to college. The advisor recommended Ystrad Mynach College and informed me of all the different Courses that were available to me. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of courses and choices available. It was because of this that I decided to study at Ystrad College instead of staying on at school. Ystrad Campus was also the closes to me so it was very convenient.
I then chose to go back to study at Coleg y Cymoedd for my PGCE, as I found the college a pleasant place to study while doing my Diploma. The staff and tutors there are extremely encouraging and will do anything in their power to help you and support you.
Why did you choose to study this course?
I chose to study the PGCE because it is the perfect course that will enable me to peruse my chosen career in teaching in Further Education. The course is part time which means it is a much more laid back pace in contrast to studying PGCE at a University full time. This also means I am able to work through the week in my part time job, without getting stressed about the workload at college.
What are the benefits of studying at Coleg y Cymoedd?
I have found there to be many benefits of studying at Coleg y Cymoedd. The staff are extremely supportive, helpful and reliable and the recourses at the college are fantastic. If there is anything you need help with, you can guarantee that there will always be someone available to help you, whether it is needing help to find something, or help with your course.
What do you intend to do next?
I am still studying at the college. As my course is two years, part time, I will still be studying at the college next year. However, after finishing my PGCE, I hope to get a job in a Post-Compulsory Education setting.
How is the course helping you achieve your ambitions?
This course has helped me to achieve my ambitions because without it, I would not be able to teach. The tutors on the course are very encouraging, which is something I appreciate. This makes me feel like my dream to become a teacher is in touching distance and it gives me the encouragement to work hard and achieve my goal.
How will studying impact on your life?
I always believe that pupils and students should study for as long as possible and gain as many qualifications as they can while they are still in the right frame of mind to do so. After leaving education, it is very easy to become distracted my everyday life, which makes it even harder to go back to education in the future. Although studying is hard work, it is all worth it in the end when you have gained qualifications that you have worked hard for. This makes it even more worth it in the long run. The more qualifications a student can gain, the more job prospects they have in the future and in the long run, this means a better career and working life. It opens up a load of opportunities and can increase your confidence massively, as it has with me. Whenever I feel like my studying and workload is getting on top of me, I always think of why I am doing the course and tell myself “it will all be worth it in the end”, which gives me that boost of encouragement I need.
Would you recommend this college/this course to others?
Yes, I would certainly recommend the college and course to others.