From PA to BA: adult learner progresses to teaching degree

24 June 2015

Andrew Reedie was working as a performing arts teacher and a PA in Mayfair before he decided he wanted a career change.

With the ambition of becoming a primary school teacher and one day progressing to become a Deputy Head Teacher, Andrew approached universities but was told that the qualifications he had were not enough and that he had to take an Access course.

After hearing about the Teaching – Access to Higher Education Diploma at City and Islington’s Centre for Lifelong Learning, he enrolled and after a year of study he has been made an offer by Roehampton University to study a degree in Teaching.

“As soon as I started the course I was treated with respect and like an adult."

He said: “I always wanted to re-train as a teacher rather than progressing further with what I was doing. I have had to really balance work with study this year, but I have learnt and progressed so much.

“As soon as I started the course I was treated with respect and like an adult. My teachers planned their lessons well and have been very supportive. I had not written an essay since I was 16, but with catch up sessions with my tutor I was able to build up my skills and confidence as the year progressed.”

To help fund his studies, Andrew took out a Government 24+ Loan which covers the College course fees and provides the motivation that if you go on to complete your degree the loan is wiped.

He said: “Finding out about the 24+ loans really helped me believe that it was all possible. They are really easy to apply for and navigate and provide that extra motivation to make the most of your lessons.”

Andrew's tutor, Saffia Malik, said: "Andrew was always hard working, committed and respectful towards his lecturers and peers and even found time to fund raise with a bake sale for Save the Children Ebola campaign raising a lot of money. He will make a wonderful teacher."

If Andrew finishes his degree she will not have to pay a penny back of his Government funded 24+ loan.

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