Teaching is an interesting and rewarding profession - , one where you will use your enthusiasm and talents to really make a difference. This qualification will start to prepare you to teach in the post- 14 Further Education (FE) and Skills sector, which includes FE colleges, sixth forms, adult and community learning, the NHS, offender learning, the Police service and in private sector training organisations.
This Introductory Certificate will not confer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), however, there are opportunities to work in secondary schools, including academies and free schools after completing this Introductory Certificate, especially if you complete professional formation and gain Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.
The course It is particularly suitable if you do not need a full teaching qualification such as the Certificate in Education/PGCE, but would like to take a qualification that leaves the way open to progress to the full award in the future. It is suitable for those who are already teaching (in-service) as well as those who are new to teaching. For in-service applicants, it is advisable to check with your employer as to whether or not this course’s target qualification meets the requirements of your job role.
The Introductory Certificate: Education and Training comprises the first 2 modules of the 6-module Certificate in Education or PGCE – nationally recognised qualifications for teachers, trainers and tutors in the FE and Skills Sector and the UCLan Teacher Education Partnership offers you the exciting opportunity to study at one of a range of Colleges across the North West region. This will give you the opportunity to specialise in your chosen field as you start your training train towards being a teacher.
You will be introduced to classroom fundamentals and important theories about teaching and learning, and your tutors will model inspirational teaching practice that you can use in your own teaching.
You will learn about teaching and learning strategies, with a focus on developing your practical and academic skills through reflective practice.
Your teaching placement is an essential feature of the programme and you will work closely with your course tutor and subject specialist mentor both of whom will observe you teaching and help you to develop your practice and skills.
If you wish to teach maths and English (Functional Skills) up to GCSE level in the sector, you should consider the subject specialist course provided by Burnley College.
The introductory certificate is a part-time course that usually takes up to one academic year.
Please contact the partner institution for information about fees
The course is comprised of three2 modules that will prepare you for a career in teaching in the very exciting and ever evolving Further Education and Skills Sector. The course will introduce you to planning and principles of learning together with methods of teaching, learning and assessment. You will also learn about the underpinning educational theory to support your teaching practice and professional development.
Your teaching placement is a central feature of the course. You are required to teach for a minimum of 30 hours of teaching over the duration of the Introductory Certificate.
Whilst on the course you will be supported by the course tutors and by a subject specialist mentor, both of whom will observe you teaching and work closely with you to develop your practice and skills. Your subject specialist mentor will also provide valuable guidance in the teaching of your curriculum subject.
If you are not already employed as a teacher, colleges may be able to help with finding you a placement, but this is not always guaranteed. You may need to take responsibility for finding a suitable placement for your teaching experience.
As part of the last Ofsted inspection of this provision in 2015 Ofsted said “The quality of the training across the partnership is consistently good, with examples of outstanding provision.”
Your course is assessed through a combination of a professional teaching practice portfolio and assignment work. You will be assessed throughout the course, with no final examination. In addition to these formal assessments, you need to demonstrate professionalism at all times, meeting the Education and Training Foundation Professional Standards.
A wide range of teaching opportunities exist across the Further Education and Skills sector, in organisations including further education colleges, sixth forms, adult and community learning, the National Health Service, the prison service, the police service and in private sector training organisations.
The Introductory Certificate is primarily for those wishing to work with the 14+ age group and job roles include trainer, assessor, instructor, demonstrator, mentor, and pastoral mentor. Institutions have their own qualification requirements and you are advised to check with your employer as to whether this target qualification is suitable for your current/future role.
Whilst this qualification is for those who aspire to teach in the FE and Skills sector, there are now employment opportunities in some schools, particularly for teachers of vocational subjects.
This qualification does not confer QTS. If you progress to successfully complete the full PGCE or Certificate in Education, you can then apply for QTLS status through the Education and Training Foundation which will enable you to be employed as a qualified teacher in a secondary school, academy or free school.
Please apply directly to the college(s) of your choice, using the special application form they will send you. The contact details for each college can be found on the right under ‘Partner Institutions’.
If you find that the Introductory Certificate isn’t for you, you might want to consider one of UCLan’s other Initial Teacher Education courses including :
The UCLan partnership network offers higher education courses in 22 Partner Institutions, allowing students to study locally for their HE award. Partner students are able to take advantage of a wide-range of University facilities as well as accessing the facilities available at the Partner Institution.
Many of the courses run in partner institutions provide the opportunity to ‘Move On’ or progress to UCLan to complete a programme or to study for a higher qualification.
The full list of modules indicated on this course page are for information purposes only. Certain modules may not be delivered every year and delivery might be dependent on the number of students selecting a given module. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this course, you are accepting that it is possible that not all of these module options will be available. At (or before) the start of each academic year, you will have an opportunity to discuss your course and preferred module options with your tutor. The University will then do all it reasonably can to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred module options.
This course is delivered at the following partner institution(s):
Comments from trainee teachers in various colleges
About class sessions
"Behavioural management discussion within the peer group is really helpful. We are all at the same level, so we can discuss each other’s ideas."
"The lessons about information technology and resources have really developed my practice, using iPads, Nintendo DS, mobile technology, even in traditional A level classes."
“Our taught sessions are fun and active.”
“Classes are always stimulating and challenging.”
“Tutors are really positive and have strong subject knowledge.”
“We get ideas for different teaching approaches and resources and feel our tutors model best practice.”
“It’s good to have been able to share experiences in class with other trainee teachers who teach different subjects in different placements.”
“Teaching observations have been the most constructive and useful I’ve ever had.”
"Action planning and creating personal goals after the observations are very helpful."
"The fact that we are teaching every week is very good, not teaching in blocks."
"I’m incorporating greater differentiation now, and more inclusion."
"Through delivering a lesson, my subject knowledge is stronger now. I understand my subject more and I have a wider perspective."
“Training classes and placement “feed into each other”.
“I’ve learned so much in one year - it physically helps me to do the job – I can pick up the strategy and use it in my lessons.”
“I’ve got lots of new and useful ideas about embedding maths and English skills – from the course, my peers and my mentor.”
“I feel the course is preparing me well to be a teacher.”
"Great moral support and reassurance from the tutor, who is always approachable."
"I believe that throughout the course I have made a journey which has definitely helped me develop as a better teacher and has enriched my learning and teaching."
“If we feel a bit down, they pick us up and we wouldn’t have made it to now without them.”
“My confidence and self-esteem have rocketed.”