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Preparatory Cert

Education & Training

2 Years
January 2024
Campus Taught

The Preparatory Certificate taught at our partner colleges is an introduction to teaching in the FE and Skills Sector. Comprising of one module, this course is particularly suitable if you want a short qualification that does not have a minimum teaching requirement or placement.

Why study with us

  • Opportunities to study and train to be a teacher at one of 10 UCLan partner colleges across the North West.
  • A wide range of teaching roles, with opportunities for progression and promotion, are available across the Further Education and Skills sector.
  • Our course is well established and enjoys an excellent reputation in the Further Education and Skills sector.

Award: Preparatory Cert
Delivery: Partner Colleges
Study mode: Part time
Duration: Check with Partner College
Campus: Blackburn College, Carlisle College, Furness College, Hugh Baird College, Lakes College, Myerscough College, Southport College, St Helens College or Wigan & Leigh College
Start dates: Check with Partner College

What you'll do

  • Start your training to be a teacher in the FE and Skills sector, studying at one of our 10 North-West partner colleges of your choice.
  • You will be introduced to classroom fundamentals and teaching and learning strategies. You will learn how to identify the needs of learners and how to plan, deliver, assess and evaluate teaching with a focus on developing your practical and academic skills through reflective practice.

Module Overview

TS1106 - Preparation for Education and Training

An introduction to teaching, learning and assessment in the FE and Skills sector.

Module overview

Course delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


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 Preparatory Certificate isn’t for you, you might want to consider one of our other Initial Teacher Education courses:

Future Careers

The Preparatory Certificate is for anyone who is interested in joining the teaching profession but doesn’t want to commit to a full teaching qualification. The Preparatory Certificate will give you an insight in to how to plan lessons, teach and assess and is for those who primarily are interested in working with the 14+ age group.

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 UCLan, including the library and online resources.

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. You will need at least a Level 3 (QCF) qualification in the subject you will be teaching.
  • 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C (or equivalent) to include English
  • The ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken English (IELTS 7.5 or equivalent).

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.


This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies located in the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries

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

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