What course did you study at Coleg y Cymoedd?
The first course I studied at Coleg y Cymoedd was CACHE Level 1 Child Care and Education. Since then I have completed CACHE Level 2 & 3 and progressed onto the Foundation Degree. I then decided to come back to study the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (P.G.C.E).
What made you decide to study at Coleg y Cymoedd?
Coleg y Cymoedd has a good reputation and I always wanted to do well in Education. My expectations were high and Coleg y Cymoedd were able to support me returning to learning as a mature learner; whilst being a mum to my three beautiful children.
Why did you choose to study this course?
My goal was to train as a teacher and I knew the course(s) would provide me with the qualifications, knowledge and understanding required to support all children and their families.
What are the benefits of studying at Coleg y Cymoedd?
Coleg y Cymoedd is very inclusive. The college caters for all learners including those with additional needs and mature learners like myself. You are able to access university courses and the college resources; which are of a very high standard. Evening courses are available to learners which allows for flexibility and most courses provide placement days so all learners gain experience and are able to put theory into practice.
What do you intend to do next/what are you doing now that you have left?
Following the Foundation Degree I went on to achieve my B.A. Hons. Degree in Early Years Care and Education but that wasn’t enough! After speaking to a tutor I decided to study again and complete my P.G.C.E., I succeeded very well and have completed my education journey by qualifying as a TEACHER with a FIRST.
How is the course helping you achieve your ambitions?
My learning journey has allowed me to become an experienced and competent practitioner. Gaining my P.G.C.E. has opened so many doors to my career I can now do what I love and that is, teach children and young adults with Additional Learning Needs -something very close to my heart.
How will studying impact on your life?
Studying has allowed me to increase my confidence, become a critical thinker and very good at reflecting. I now have better career opportunities, job satisfaction and self actualisation.
Would you recommend this college and this course to others?
I will always recommend Coleg y Cymoedd to friends, family and others.