Tracy Hughes, a Copley High School graduate, joined Tameside College in 2010 and has already studied towards the Supporting Teaching & Learning Level 2 and Level 3 courses, as well as a Cover Supervisor Level 3 qualification. After successfully completing the aforementioned courses, Tracy decided to attend the Foundation Degree in Teaching Assistance, offered by the College in partnership with Chester University. While studying towards this demanding course, Tracy also works as a part-time Early Years Foundation Stage Child Care Assistant at Sparkles Nursery in Oldham and takes care of her four children.
Tracy said: “I have been studying at Tameside College now for nearly four years, due to the support and encouragement I have received from my tutors. They are both very good at building my confidence and reassuring me when at times the Foundation Degree course has been difficult. When I started the Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning course it was to
train and volunteer to suit my family’s needs. I have a supportive husband and four children and was itching to get myself back to work but needed a career that would fit into my already demanding life style. I completed the course and signed on for the level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in conjunction with the Cover Supervisor course as I had become interested in teaching.
I was asked by my tutor, Paula, to consider the FD in Teaching Assistance and enrolled on the course in Sept 2012. It has been challenging and I have learnt more about myself than ever before! Currently I am working in a nursery and enjoy the company of the staff and the many children that I am privileged to work with. In the future I see myself either teaching or providing pastoral care for an educational setting.”
Tracey and two more Foundation Degree students at Tameside College, Michelle Burrows and Angela Myatt, were placed as the top three candidates of their year by the University of Chester. All three
students work full-time alongside their studies.
The top three students were closely followed by Tameside College’s other high achievers, Helen Condon, Marie Claire Taylor, Nicola Winterbottom and Dominique Kenneally, who are all currently working in local schools and nurseries.
Tutors Beryl Clark and Paula Stinchcombe said: “We are extremely proud of the achievements of all of our learners, as they have all gained top marks.”
Many Teacher Education courses and Foundation degree courses are offered by Tameside College in conjunction with the University of Chester. They are delivered at the College by highly experienced staff, which is sure to help towards the success of learners and offers people the chance to become more qualified, whilst still studying locally.