"I completed my undergraduate career at York in 2008, gaining a BSc in Chemistry. I picked York because of the wide range of Chemistry option modules and the very supportive environment in the Chemistry Department. I chose a bachelors degree because I knew I wanted to go into teaching, and everyone was very supportive of this dream. When deciding on third year projects, there was the opportunity to do a school-based project. I jumped at the chance to go into a school and carry out a research project that involved developing some teaching-materials on a Chemistry-related topic. The project provided me with valuable experiences within a school including observing and leading teaching classes, using schemes of work and working in a professional environment. These experiences helped me to be successful at my PGCE (‘teacher training’) interview. I am now working to complete my PGCE year at York in the Education Department and I have accepted a teaching post in Hull for September 2009. I genuinely believe that my third year project gave me an advantage over other PGCE or job interview candidates and I am very grateful that York was able to give me this opportunity."