Cert(CPD) Preparation for Education and Training (The Skills Company)

Complete this Certificate of Professional Development Preparation for Education and Training course worth 20 credits at Level HE4, and you’ll have the opportunity to develop key knowledge and skills that could help get your teaching career underway.

Cert(CPD) Preparation for Education and Training (The Skills Company)

Course details

To prepare you for your initial stages in a teaching career, we’ll give you the opportunity to develop your skills in planning and preparation, and support you as develop, deliver and evaluate a microteaching session. In the process, you’ll get the chance to develop your knowledge and understanding of a professional teacher’s role in the higher and professional education sectors – and the boundaries and legislation that apply to this role.

This is a stand-alone award, and is also the first module of the Initial Teacher Education (ITE 14+) scheme, so you can use the credit towards this scheme if you wish to go further with your learning and qualification.

We provide a supportive, challenging and interactive environment for your learning and development.

  • Location: Economic Solutions
  • Award: Cert(CPD)
  • Duration: 15 weeks

Course highlights:

  • We’ll support you to take your initial steps into a career as a professional practitioner in the FE and Skills sector.
  • You can learn how to reflect on your personal and professional experiences, and identify specific areas for development.
  • We offer opportunities to develop your communication and interpersonal skills, along with a greater awareness of your professional roles and responsibilities as a curriculum-specialist teacher.
  • You can enhance your specialist skills and build the confidence to continue developing in learning and practice settings.
  • You’ll have access to University e-learning resources, an extensive e-library and the support of University librarians.
  • As an Off Campus student you also receive the support of a dedicated Off Campus team and resources, to help make you truly feel part of the University.

Key features:

  • This is a stand-alone module that focuses on key practical and theoretical issues involved in planning and preparing to teach.
  • We’ll help you to understand how your personal knowledge applies to classroom practice, and support the approaches you take towards planning, preparing, assessing, evaluating and reviewing learning.
  • You can develop your skills in evaluating educational literature and research, and applying insights to your practice.
  • We’ll support you to develop inclusive approaches to teaching and learning that address issues of disability, age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, class and sexual orientation.
  • The Skills Company is a well-established partner of the University of Bolton, based in Manchester, and focusing on early years, initial teacher training and business courses.
  • A link tutor provides academic communication between The Skills Company and the University of Bolton academic school, so that the experience you receive as an Off Campus student is equivalent to an On Campus student.

Entry requirements

  • Location: Economic Solutions
  • Award: Cert(CPD)
  • Duration: 15 weeks

You must hold a professional, subject specialist qualification related to the area you wish to teach. If you wish to teach a vocational subject area, you’ll also need to provide evidence that you have relevant work experience.

You'll be required to attend an interview as part of the application process.

This course involves working unsupervised with children and/or vulnerable young people and adults and you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service. Find out more

You’ll need to provide satisfactory references prior to enrolment on the course.

If English isn't your first language you'll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). Find out more

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


Call Admissions

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk


International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Preparation for Education and Training

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (100%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (80%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (20%)

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Key facts

  • Course type:
  • Location:
    Economic Solutions
  • Award:
  • Duration:
    15 weeks

Contact us

Titilola Olukoga
Programme Leader
Email: T.Olukoga@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903249

Lindsey Brocklebank
Partnership Manager, University of Bolton
Email: L.Brocklebank@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903288

Laura Ramsey
HE Administrator, The Skills Company
Email: laura.ramsey@gceducationandskills.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)161 237 4642