Rebecca Somerville

Professional Diploma in Education (PGDE)

Rebecca Somerville, Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Primary)I am 21 years old and I live in the town of Stornoway. At the young age of 17, I was all set to leave the island and move to Edinburgh to study Primary Teaching. However, a lecturer from the University of the Highlands and Islands advised me that I could remain on the Island and still pursue my aspiration of becoming a primary school teacher.

I was advised to undertake the HNC in Early Education and Childcare, which, after studying an additional unit, gave me enough credits to go directly into the second year of the BA Degree in Child and Youth Studies. Due to the online nature of this degree, I was able to maintain relief work in primary schools and nurseries, contributing to my experience for teaching. I was also able to take on the role of a cheerleading coach, which gave me additional experience in teaching in a different context.

The flexible online degree programme offered by UHI facilitated me to take on these roles and develop essential skills for the workplace. After three hard years, I graduated with a BA in Child and Youth Studies.  I applied for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Primary) at Lews Castle College UHI and was successful. The course is extremely intense and offers valuable placement experience, which helped me to understand the link between theory and practice. UHI is a great asset to the Islands; offering flexible courses to pursue aspirational career choices. I am now delighted to be commencing my probationary teaching year in a local primary school.