Introductory Cert

Education & Training (Further Education & Skills)

1 year
January 2025

On our Introductory Certificate you'll study the first two modules of the Certificate in Education or PGCE. This is the nationally recognised qualification for educators in the further education (FE) and skills sector. It covers FE colleges, training providers and sixth forms.

Why study with us

  • You could study and train to be a teacher at one of eight UCLan partner colleges across the North West.
  • A wide range of teaching and training roles are available across the further education and skills sector.
  • Our course is well established and enjoys an excellent reputation in the FE and skills sector.

Award: Introductory Cert
Delivery: Partner college
Study mode: Part time
Duration: up to 1 year
Campus: Blackburn College, Carlisle College, Furness College, Hugh Baird College, Lakes College, Myerscough College, St Helens College or Wigan & Leigh College
Start dates: September and January

What you'll do

  • You will start your training to become a teacher in the further education and skills sector.
  • Learn from experienced tutors as they model inspirational teaching that you can use in your own practice.
  • Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills you need to work in this exciting and dynamic sector.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Alternative initial teacher education courses

If you find that the Introductory Certificate isn’t for you, you might want to consider one of our other Initial Teacher Education courses:

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Future careers

The Introductory Certificate in Education and Training opens up a wide range of teaching and training opportunities across the FE and Skills sector. There are also opportunities to progress to complete the full PGCE or Certificate in Education.

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View the course facilities

As well as having access to the facilities and resources at your chosen partner college, you will also have access to facilities at  main campuses. This includes the library and online resources.

Fees and funding

Please consult your chosen partner college(s) for more information about fees and funding as well as course-specific additional costs and optional costs.

There may be scholarships and bursaries available to support you at your chosen partner college(s). Please contact your partner college for more information.

Additional costs

As part of your course, there may be additional costs to consider that are not included in your tuition fees. Most of these will be optional, but some courses have essential additional costs. Find out more about additional costs.


This course is based in the School of Psychology and Humanities

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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