“The best thing about our course is the teachers. They’re really knowledgeable and they have so much experience, so they can always tell you about what they’ve done or seen professionally. They’re very supportive, but they always push you to do better and be a better professional, and they’re really good at getting the best out of us. The class is full of people on different career paths, and we’re encouraged to draw from each other’s experience – what someone has experienced as a nanny, for example, might be different from what a Special Needs Coordinator has experienced. I did an apprenticeship at Nescot, so I was really glad to have the opportunity to study here again. I’m doing the Foundation Degree at the moment but I’m planning to do the top-up to convert it to a full degree. I’m planning to work as a teacher in the future, and I know that this qualification will help me to get there.”
“I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was a small. I have a degree in English, but I have a young family so I ended up going down a different career route and putting my dream of teaching on the back burner. A few years ago I realised there was nothing stopping me from getting a qualification. I started with the Level 3 Education and Training qualification, and progressed to the PGCE. We have lessons on two days a week and then do a placement for three days, which I’m doing at Nescot in the English department. I really like the structure, because it’s a good balance between learning all the theory and ideas and then being able to put that into practice yourself. The teaching is brilliant, and the tutors are really supportive. The course works particularly well for people who have come to teaching later on in life, and might have other commitments like a family. The tutors are really aware of that and they are flexible where they can be and give you so much support. I would recommend Nescot to anyone. It’s the perfect size: small enough that it feels like family, but big enough that you get access to amazing facilities.”
"I did my Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 AAT at Nescot, and now I’m an accountant in a company and really enjoying it. The teachers at Nescot are exceptional and they really go the extra mile."
"You’re training to work in a non-clinical role, using play to support children who are unwell. The qualification is exactly like the job: challenging and demanding, but incredibly rewarding. You’re taught by two tutors who have amazing experience in very different areas, which helps you develop a balanced perspective. I’m proud to say that I now work at a prestigious children’s hospital."
I’ve grown in confidence a lot at Nescot. Because of the teaching I went from someone who never used to sing to getting the lead role in two musicals. We were trained in acting for film, which I loved. Now I’ve graduated and been signed by an agent, and I’m hoping to work in television and film in the future.