European Social Fund

Maths and English Adult Successes


Shirin moved to the UK in September 2017 from Iran, where she worked as a Maths teacher. Initially enrolling with Preston’s College to study ESOL, to improve her spoken and written English, Shirin joining the college on Entry 3 English and also studied Level 2 Maths.
Progressing onto Level 1 English Functional Skills in 2018, Shirin then moved onto Level 2 English Functional Skills and GCSE Maths.
In 2019 Shirin passed her GCSE maths, achieving the highest possible grade, grade 9. Encouraged by her tutor, Dave, to consider getting back into teaching again, Shirin explored her options in the UK and decided to enrol onto the PGCE at Preston’s College.
Successful completion of this course will allow Shirin to work as a maths teacher in a Post-14 setting such as a FE College or Training Provider, allowing her to pass on her skills, knowledge and newly learnt skills to the next generation.
With strict guidance on approved Level 2 qualifications for entry into the teaching profession, the courses Shirin has undertaken at Preston’s College have provided the springboard she needs to access her chosen profession in the UK.


After spending over 30 years working as a successful self-employed plasterer, a serious injury meant Terry had to consider a career change.

Initially visiting Preston’s College as a potential applicant, Terry enquired about Health and Safety courses but, after receiving advice and guidance, was encouraged to consider using his extensive experience to teach the next generation of plasterers.

Looking at the Education and Teaching Level 3 Award, Terry was advised that he would need Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English to begin the programme, so in 2018 he enrolled upon the Level 2 Functional Skills courses in both Maths and English.

Upon successful completion, Terry moved onto the Education and Teaching Level 3 Award, a qualification that provided him with a springboard into the teaching profession. Progressing, Terry undertook additional study and is now in the final year of a Certificate in Education, awarded by the University of Derby.

Securing full-time employment with Preston’s College, Terry now works in the Construction Department as a full-time tutor, studying for his higher level qualification alongside his teaching commitments.

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