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Preparatory Cert

Education & Training (Further Education & Skills)

12 weeks
January 2025

The Preparatory Certificate at Level 5 is an introduction to teaching in the further education and skills sector. This short one module course is ideal if you’re looking for a qualification to accelerate your professional development. It 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 eight UCLan partner colleges across the North West.
  • A wide range of teaching roles are available across the further education and skills sector. There are also opportunities for progression and promotion.
  • 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, Furness College, Hugh Baird College, Lakes College West Cumbria, Myerscough College, Preston College, St Helens College or Wigan & Leigh College
Start dates: Check with Partner College

What you'll do

  • Take your first step into training to become a teacher in the further education and skills sector.
  • You’ll learn from experienced tutors as they model inspirational teaching that you can use in your own practice.
  • Apply the latest thinking on teaching to equip you with the knowledge and skills to work in the exciting and dynamic further education and skills 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 Preparatory 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 Preparatory Certificate (Further Education and Skills Sector) is ideal if you’re interested in joining the teaching profession but don’t want to commit to a full teaching qualification.

You’ll get valuable insights into best practice in teaching, lesson planning and assessments. The course is particularly suited to those primarily interested in working with the 16 and over age group.

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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 UCLan, including the library and online resources.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a Level 3 qualification in all the specialist subjects you will or wish to teach.
  • GCSE English at grade C/4 or above (or OfQual approved equivalent).
  • Where English is not your first language: The ability to communicate fluently, accurately, and effectively in professional spoken English A current (IELTS 7.5 with no element lower than 7.0 (or equivalent).
  • Completion of a satisfactory course interview.
  • If you're studying the in-service route: Provide confirmation of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Fees and funding

Please contact your chosen college(s) for fees information as partner colleges have their own fees structure.

The course is eligible for applications to Student Finance England for a student loan to cover the full costs of your tuition fees. In addition, you may be eligible for a maintenance loan depending on your household income.

Additional costs

Please consult your chosen partner college(s) for more information about 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 Psychology and Humanities

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

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