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School of Education

Welcome to the UCC School of Education

When you join the School of Education you will be in one of the oldest departments of the University Centre Colchester having originally started out as St Osyth’s Teacher Training College in 1949 before become a forming part of Colchester Institute in 1979 to the present University Centre Colchester.

Education has always been at the forefront of our Higher Education programmes with exciting and challenging pathways with our BA (Hons) in Education Studies, Initial Teacher Training (PGCE and Certificate of Education) and our taught Master’s Degree in Education. There is something for all existing and aspirating educators whether new to the sector or looking at up skilling for the next step in your careers.

Neil Barnes, Head of School

Courses Offered

BA (Hons)Early Years
BA (Hons)Education Studies
Cert EdLifelong Learning
FdAEarly Years
MAEducation
PGCE (Postgraduate)Lifelong Learning
PGCE (Professional)Lifelong Learning
TESOLLevel 5 Trinity Certificate
TESOLLevel 7 Trinity Diploma


Michele Fuller is the course leader for UCC’s Cert Ed, PGCE and MA Education programmes. She also contributes to the BA (Hons) Education degree and is a personal tutor for under- and postgraduate students.

Her identity as a practitioner is what motivates Michele’s work in Higher Education. She has a particular interest in History of Art, specifically the representation of animals in both European and African Art. Current research focus is on teacher motivation and how this can be considered as part of a teacher training process.

Michele is currently conducting research into mentoring and coaching in both England and South Africa, which is linked to her doctoral studies.

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Rachel Shedd, PGCE, graduated 2015

"Having studied science at Masters level, I wanted to transfer my skills towards a career in teaching. The PGCE gave me a really good advantage as I was able to get lots of practical experience to complement the theory I was learning. The lecturers were really supportive and I enjoyed the refreshing learning environment. I am now Course Leader for Science at Colchester Institute and get so much out of my rewarding career."

Veronica Montoyo, TESOL graduate

"Studying at UCC was an amazing experience I will never forget. I enjoyed every minute of the course thanks to the genuine and constant support from my tutors and peers during the most challenging moments."