Mr David O’Dwyer
Head of Government and Politics, IELTS Tutor, EPQ Supervisor
BSc (Econ) (University of Southampton), MSc (Birkbeck College, University of London), PgD (University of Westminster), PgD (Southbank University, London), PgD (Birkbeck College, University of London), PGCE (Institute of Education, London), TESOL (Trinity College, London)
Mr O’Dwyer joined Cambridge Tutors College as the Head of the Government and Politics department; he is also one of our IELTS Tutors as well as an EPQ Supervisor. Mr O’Dwyer joined CTC London from St John’s Wood School, London, with a wealth of experience from teaching for many years.
Mr O’Dwyer began his academic journey at the University of Southampton where he gained his first of many academic accomplishments, a BSc (Econ) in Politics and International Studies. He then went on to complete a number of Postgraduate Diploma’s and studying Law at the University of Westminster, London, and then Legal Studies at South Bank University, London.
With a goal of moving into teaching, he then completed his PGCE from the Institute of Education, London, and began teaching at Sir George Monoux College. Mr O’Dwyer then completed his Certificate and Diploma in TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Trinity College, London, further developing his skills to assist students of international backgrounds.
After just over a decade of teaching, Mr O’Dwyer the decided to undertake his Masters. He completed his MSc in Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict from Birkbeck College, London. Not finished with adding to an already impressive academic portfolio, Mr O’Dwyer added a further Postgraduate Diploma in History from Birkbeck College to his name.
As well as Mr O’Dwyer’s teaching duties, he is also an IELTS Tutors and an EPQ Supervisor. IELTS scores are extremely important to students studying in the UK as many top Universities set high requirements for admissions to courses. His supervision of EPQ’s provides students with valuable additional material to include when applying for University as well as enhance skills such as researching, data analysis, critical thinking, problem solving and presenting. Mr O’Dwyer’s academic background really helps increase students IELTS levels ensuring they are fully prepared for life after CTC London.
Outside of CTC London, Mr O’Dwyer like to keep up to date with current affairs as it links directly into the topics he teaches. He also has a keen interest in History, Art and Architecture from the Medieval and Renaissance periods but also British-Irish relations and the history of the Americas as well as the Middle East. Mr O’Dwyer is also a fan of football and follows a number of European teams, he is an Arsenal support for his pains (his words) and tries to go to about 5/6 matches a season.
“There is a very positive and supportive ethos in the college which supports academic learning, enrichment and development. Tutors work with a great deal of professional autonomy and the students are hardworking, mature and respectful. There is a fascinating mix amongst the cohort of home-based and international students, and the relations between staff and students are harmonious.”