Certificate in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) Cert

Certificate in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) Cert
The Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) programme is suitable if you:
  • Think you might be interested in teaching
  • Are not in a teaching role, or have just started a teaching role
  • Want a short qualification
  • Have the potential to study at Level 4, demonstrated by having some Level 3 qualifications such as A levels
  • Want a qualification without a minimum teaching practice requirement

PTLLS also allows you to progress onto a full teaching qualification at a later date if you gain some teaching practice hours.

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Entry and Admissions

Award Type:




Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

10-12 weeks.


School of Education and Social Science

Partner Colleges:

This course is taught in 13 Partner Colleges across the North West.


Partner Colleges Only

Start Date:

All colleges offer a September start. Some also offer January and April starts.

Entry Requirements:
All PTLLS applicants must have the following:
  • A recognised qualification in their subject specialism, normally at a minimum of Level 3 (QCF). Under exceptional circumstances some entrants may hold a relevant vocational qualification of at least the level above that of their learners when entering this initial award.
  • Five GCSEs at C and above or equivalent as a minimum qualification, to include English. Applicants who do not have English as a GCSE will be required to undertake the University’s diagnostic test prior to entry to the programme.
  • The ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken English

This qualification is suitable if you:

  • Want an introduction to teaching young people and adults
  • Are currently teaching or training as part of your job and want to have your experience and practice accredited
  • Have the potential to study at Level 4, which has the same level of demand as the first year of an undergraduate degree
Programme Spec:

To download the Programme Specification for this course, please click here.

Course Content

Course Outline:
This course leads to an introductory qualification for teachers and trainers in the Lifelong Learning Sector (post-compulsory education). The certificate is designed for those who have just started teaching or want to explore whether teaching is for them.

The PTLLS certificate (20 credits) offered through the university is larger than the national PTLLS award identified by LLUK (12 credits), as we feel that all new teachers benefit from observing other subject specialists teaching and being able to write and reflect on their own practice.

This course is taught at Blackburn College, Myerscough College, Runshaw College, West Lancashire College, Southport College, Burnley College, Carlisle College, Furness College, Hugh Baird College, Kendal College, Lakes College West Cumbria, Lancaster and Morecambe College and Wigan and Leigh College.

Course at a Glance

The course covers:

  • Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training
  • Identifying the needs of learners
  • Planning and delivering micro-teaching to your peer group and evaluating it
  • Starting to develop skills that underpin the teaching and learning cycle, including reflection
  • Observing others teaching

You will need to spend additional time every week on course related activities during the programme, beyond the class contact time. This will include preparation for teaching, observing other teachers, private reading and preparation for assessment activities.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

The programme is delivered within the partner college network, where taught sessions take place. Library facilities are available at each college and trainees also have access to online academic resources through the University.

You will be assessed throughout the course, with no final examination. We use a variety of assessment methods that are appropriate to the course and subject, and which suit different learners, including short written assignments, practical teaching, reflections and observations of other teachers. All assessment activities go to make up your Teaching and Learning Portfolio that is formally assessed by your college tutors.

To be awarded the PTLLS, you must pass all the components.

Academic Expertise

Each college has its own teacher education tutors with a wide range of experience of teaching in the lifelong learning sector and of teacher education. These tutors are supported by the UCLan teacher education team, who manage and develop the programmes and provide continuing professional development for tutors.

Learning outcome & aims

The aim of this introductory programme is to introduce you to the teaching, learning and assessment cycle and begin the development of personal and practical skills that underpin teaching and learning.

Industry links & professional accreditation

On achieving the PTLLS, trainee teachers will be able to progress to further awards that can lead to membership of the IfL (Institute for Learning) and begin the process of achieving AssociateTeacher Learning and Skills status (ATLS).

Work experience and international opportunities

Teaching practice is an integral part of the course, and you will complete micro-teaching and mini-teaching during course sessions, where you will teach your peers and discuss each other’s lessons.

Graduate Careers

Teachers who have completed the PTLLS programme and are employed in education usually progress and achieve full teaching qualifications later. Those not employed in the education sector are employed in a wide range of services and industries, perhaps with a staff training role.


Comments from trainee teachers in various colleges in 2012-13:
  • ‘Learning about how people learn and seeing a variety of teaching and learning methods is really helpful.’
  • ‘So useful to experience being both a teacher and a learner.’
  • ‘Doing the micro- and mini-teaching was a great experience and the peer feedback very supportive.’

Progression Routes

At the end of the course you will have 20 credits at undergraduate level and can progress onto a CTLLS or a full teaching qualification. You will need to complete one more module to achieve CTLLS, or two more to complete Year 1 of the Cert Ed or PGCE. After that you can join Year 2 to become fully qualified.

Fees & Funding

The standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course is below. For further information including the availability of bursaries/scholarships or student financial support please view our Fees and Finance pages. Part time: £600-£1,000 for the PTLLS programme. The fees vary between colleges.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Application is made direct to the local participating college, and confirmed by the University of Central Lancashire. Application forms are obtainable from the Programme Leader at the appropriate College (see below):

Blackburn College - HE Admissions
Tel. 01254 292594  

Burnley College - HE Support  

Carlisle College - Paolo Reale
Tel. 01228 822891

Furness College - Liz Gibson
Tel. 01229 844869

Hugh Baird College - Julie Balmer
Tel. 0151 353 4444

Kendal College - Paul Smith
Tel. 01539 814658 or  

Lakes College West Cumbria - Mary Falcon
Tel. 01946 839300 x1041

Lancaster & Morecambe College – Debbie Williams
Tel. 01524 521421

Myerscough College – Enquiries
Tel. 01995 640611

Runshaw College - Course Enquiries
Tel. 01772 643005  

West Lancashire College - Hilary Moore
Tel. 01695 52324

Southport College - Donna Payet or Angela Campos
Tel. 01704 392787 or

Wigan & Leigh College - Jacqueline Burrows
Tel. 01942 761661


UCAS Code:

Short Form of Course:

Institution Code Name: CLANC

Institution Code: C30

Campus Site: U

University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE, Lancashire, United Kingdom

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