Certificate in Education and Training, Preparatory

Approved by:
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
Throughout the year.
University Centre
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Course Details

This part time free-standing qualification is particularly suitable 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 worth 20 credits at Level 4 on the Certificate in Education or PGCE (Education and Training) framework and is also equivalent to the first module of the Certificate in Education and PGCE (Education and Training), allowing you to progress onto a full teaching qualification at a later date if you secure some teaching practice hours.

It will give you a clear picture of the knowledge and skills required for teaching, learning and assessing in the Further Education and Skills sector.

You will study a range of core topics, including:

  • Roles and Responsibilities of a teacher
  • Getting to know your Learners
  • Reflective practice
  • Approaches to teaching & learning

For full entry criteria, please see the Programme Specification.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University Centre offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates, you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check proves to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

10 weeks

The Preparatory 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 or if you will need the full PGCE/Cert Ed.

Whilst this qualification is for those who wish to work in the FE and Skills sector, there are now employment opportunities in some schools, particularly in relation to 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.

Whilst the Certificate in Education and Training, Preparatory does not qualify you to teach, it can be used to help you to progress towards further awards (Certificate in Education or PGCE (Education and Training)).

To be added soon or not applicable.

Primary contact:
Lucy Harding
Email: lucy.harding@hughbaird.ac.uk

Other contact:
Heather Marshall
Email: heather.marshall@hughbaird.ac.uk

How much will this course cost me?

Tuition fee loans cover university/college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university/college by Student Finance England, so you don’t need a pot of money up front.

They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start paying them back until you are earning more than a certain amount.

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It’s never too late to learn

We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

We want to make your university education as flexible and affordable as possible. We offer a number of financial support options to help you go further by staying local. You don’t need to pay for your tuition fees up front - Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England.

They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn. You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help support your living costs. For more information, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance

Yes. We have a dedicated team of staff on hand to help guide you through the admissions process, from selecting the right course, to completing your UCAS application and applying for financial support.

If you have any questions, or need help at any stage, call the Retention and Progression Team on 0151 353 4444, or email careers@hughbaird.ac.uk.

Important terms, conditions and disclaimer information about our courses can be found on our Wider Information Set.