Sport teacher Kieran Field shares his story of his journey into teaching

My name is Kieran, I am 24 years old and I studied a PGCE in Further Education at University Centre South Essex in September 2018 and this is my story.

I studied for a PgCE in Further Education & Skills at University Centre South Essex and left my course being a Grade 2 teacher. 

Before coming to the University Centre to train to teach, I was already studying at the centre for my BSc (Hons) Sports Studies degree. During that time, I worked in two part-time jobs in hospitality management which gave me the necessary skills to help me transition into teaching. I also played football to a good standard alongside my degree.  
Since completing my course, I have been in two teaching roles and have completed my QTLS qualification with the Society for Education & Training. QTLS stands for Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills, it is the badge of professionalism for post-14 education and training, and has parity with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which allows for you to be employed in the secondary education setting where I am employed today. 

I am working at The Hathaway Academy in Grays, Essex as teacher of PE and year 7 form tutor.

I chose to study at  University Centre South Essex because it was an environment that I was already familiar with. The facilities at the Forum are second to none and with such amenities as the High Street nearby, it made it the perfect place for me to continue my education journey.

During my time at  University Centre South Essex, I was able to access work experience placements. During my degree I worked at a National League football club in their strength & conditioning department and during my PgCE, I taught locally at a school in Leigh On-Sea. Both experiences have helped me to prepare massively for the work place. My part-time work alongside my studies, also helped to contribute. The experience of my lecturers in both my degree and PgCE were also invaluable as they were able to share their knowledge and experiences of the workplace. 

It has set me up for a career in teaching, which has always been a passion of mine since a young age and something that I have always wanted to do. Without my degree or PgCE I wouldn’t be where I am today. It has given me the tools and the qualifications to allow me to go and be successful.
The ability to work independently is a skill that I have always been able to do but have developed throughout my higher education journey, and this has allowed me to take on additional roles this year when my line manager has been absent such as supporting a trainee PgCE student, setting cover work for PE classes and ensuring the overall running of the PE department is smooth. 

My favourite memory from being at the University Centre has to be the off-site visits to Wellstead Gardens in my degree and the lectures in the Pod at the Southend Campus. I also thoroughly enjoyed being in lectures with Chris Brookes and Andy Crissell during the PgCE, they were inspirational and I learnt so much from them.
I would recommend  University Centre South Essex as a place to study if you want to study in an environment where you are well supported, are taught in small class sizes and want to learn in great facilities. 

I love that my job is practical and that every day is different and how I am able to be active with the students and share my own passions of sport and PE with the next generation.

The advice I would give to aspiring teachers is to be yourself, be organised and make sure that you make time for yourself at the end of each day, your wellbeing is important!

If you’re interested in training to teach, find out more at: Teaching and Training | South Essex College