The Learning Zone: Newman Small but Perfectly Formed; Andy Morley Is a 20-Year-Old Student in Year 3 of a BA (Hons) in Sports Studies and Education at Newman College of Higher Education. Here Are His Thoughts on Studying for a Career in Teaching at the College

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Byline: Andy Morley

I ALWAYS wanted to come to university, but I realised I may have had to resit some exams in order to get the qualifications I required .

Therefore, I hadn't applied to any university, but from the enjoyment I had through cricket coaching I realised that teaching could be a possible career path for me.

I knew that once I got my A-levels I wanted to get a BEd and look at teaching PE. I also knew that Newman College of Higher Education had a good reputation for teacher training historically.

Newman seemed a natural progression from A-level to degree for me, bearing in mind the proximity to home. As I applied late there were no teacher training courses left, so I was advised to do a BA (Hons) in sports studies, with a view to going on to a PGCE. It was another route into teaching, but also gave me the flexibility to go on to another career if I changed my mind.

Although I had pre-conceived ideas that going through clearing was going to be difficult in terms of finding a course, I wanted to study and at an institution I would happy at, but my actual experience was different. …