Education and Training, Preparatory Certificate

Education and Training, Preparatory Certificate




Partner Institution

Why study this course?

The Certificate is equivalent to the first module of the Certificate in Education (Education & Training) and so allows you to progress onto a full teaching qualification at a later date if you secure some teaching practice hours.

  • Duration:

    The course usually takes one college term but may be delivered in more intensive blocks.

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    Partner Institution

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  • Fees:

    Please contact the partner institution for information about fees

Entry Requirements

  • You must be qualified to teach in a subject that is part of the Further Education and Skills Sector or Sixth Form Curriculum. Therefore, you will need a Level 3 (QCF) qualification in the subject you will be teaching.
  • 5 GCSE’s at grade A-C (or equivalent) to include English
  • The ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken English (IELTS 7.5 or equivalent).


Further Information

Where can I study part time?

With the exception of Kendal College, all of the partner Colleges offer Preparatory Certificate. It is advisable to contact you preferred College to find out if they offer this particular course.

How do I apply?

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'.

What subjects can I teach?

The Further Education and Skills sector offers a broad range of subjects, from hairdressing and beauty therapy, construction and engineering to public services, sport and catering. You need to have a L3 qualification in the subject you want to teach and be willing to develop your subject specialist skills and knowledge.

If you wish to teach maths or English (Functional Skills) up to GCSE level in the sector, you should consider the subject specialist course provided by Burnley College.

What does the course involve?

The Certificate in Education and Training Preparatory course at UCLan is for those interested in teaching in the Further Education and Skills Sector where a wide range of teaching opportunities exist 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 course will introduce you to planning and principles of learning, and methods of teaching, learning and assessment, and develops the personal and practical skills you will need in your teaching role.
You will develop the skills that underpin the teaching cycle. You will spend one session a week in class where you will learn about understanding the roles and responsibilities of teachers, how to identify the needs of learners, how to plan, deliver and evaluate teaching. You will also participate in peer teaching sessions in the class session that total one hour of direct teaching.

In addition to the weekly classes 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.

“The quality of the training across the partnership is consistently good, with examples of outstanding provision.” Ofsted, November 2015

How will I be assessed?

Your course is assessed through a combination of a teaching practice portfolio of your peer teaching and through assignment work. You will be assessed throughout the course, with no final examination. In additional to these formal assessments, you need to demonstrate professionalism at all times, meeting the Education and Training Foundation Professional Standards.

What does this course qualify me to do?

The Preparatory Certificate is ideal if you are interested in teaching and want a short qualification that does not have a minimum teaching requirement, or if you have just started a teaching role. It can also give you a 'taster' of teaching if you are unsure about whether teaching is for you. The Certificate is equivalent to the first module of the Certificate in Education (Education & Training) and so allows you to progress onto a full teaching qualification at a later date if you secure some teaching practice hours.

What jobs could this lead to?

A wide range of teaching opportunities exist across the Further Education and Skills sector. 69% of our July 2014 graduates are now employed in the sector.
‘Employment rates for trainees leaving their courses in 2014 are high’ Ofsted November 2015.

The Preparatory Certificate has been designed by UCLan to meet the needs of applicants who are interested in teaching or who do not need a full teaching qualification such as the Cert Ed/PGCE. The course is equivalent to the first module of the Certificate in Education (Education and Training) and so leaves the way open to progress to the full award in the future.

Our suite of courses is designed to offer you the most appropriate level of qualification to best equip you to fulfil your current or future teaching role. Other courses available are:

Certificate Education and Training, Introductory
Intermediate Certificate in Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Certificate in Education (Education and Training)
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Education and Training)


We are proud of the depth, range and expertise of our college teams. Each college has its own team of teacher education tutors who have a wide range of experience of teaching in the Further Education and Skills Sector and of teacher education. Our College teams are small enough to provide a personal approach to your learning and teaching needs, but large enough to offer a broad range of subjects and experiences. The knowledgeable, experienced, welcoming and supportive teams are committed to improving your practical teaching and academic attainment.

College teams are supported by the UCLan teacher education team, who manage and develop the course and provide continuing professional development for tutors.



The aim of the The Certificate in Education and Training Preparatory 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.

The course is designed specifically to;

  • Prepare you for a career in teaching in the very exciting and evolving phase of Further Education and Skills Sector
  • To introduce you to the roles and responsibilities of teachers
  • Offer you a supportive, professional environment in which to develop your skills and gain valuable experience

Partner Institutions

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.



About the class sessions:

"Micro-teaching and the feedback from tutors and peers is such a confidence booster."

"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."

"A variety of strategies were employed in the teaching sessions. On more than one occasion I used the same teaching method with my own students. It is these experiences which have informed the way that I now teach."

About teaching:

"Reflecting on my practice and valuing what I am doing is so helpful to my development."

"Our tutor includes pictures and images to help us understand and remember. I have loved learning in this way and include this in my own sessions."

About support from staff:

"Great support and reassurance from the tutor, who is always approachable and responsive."

"Staff support has really helped to increase my self-confidence."

"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."