Louise Whitehouse


PGCE Qualified Teacher Status Assessment Only Route 

As she approached 40, teaching assistant Louise dreamt of having a class of her own, but felt she was too old to attend university, a misconception nipped in the bud by UCB.

“I’d cautiously looked into the Assessment Only QTS course a few years before actually enrolling,” said Louise, who had been working in the education sector for more than 15 years and already  had a foundation degree and BA in Childhood Studies from UCB.

“When I finally plucked up the courage to go to a UCB postgraduate open day, any fears I had about whether or not I was good enough to take the course immediately began to dissipate. I was greeted by members of the team who were supportive, encouraging and welcoming from the very beginning, allowing me to feel at ease. That attitude prevailed from UCB staff the entire way through my course.

“I realised that not only were there many others my age studying, but that our lecturers were continuing with their education too. Once you’ve got the bug, it’s difficult to stop!”

Now living the dream as a full-time Year 2 teacher at a local primary school, Louise said: “At UCB, it was amazing being around like minded people who felt passionate about the same things as me, people who continue to motivate and inspire me in so many ways.

“The advice I would give anyone in my previous position is that it’s never too late. If you have a dream, reach for it. Take that first step and just let it happen."



I won’t pretend that studying and working is easy – it takes hard work and commitment, and life may throw obstacles along the way. Unfortunately, I lost my sister to breast cancer during my time at UCB, but it was the relationships with the students on my course and the support and encouragement I received from my lecturers that made me all the more determined to reach my goal. UCB is not just a higher education university. It is a place where you realise what you can do, and what you can become.

Louise Whitehouse