Cert(CPD) Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

This 30-hour professional development course is a great starting point if you want to become an educator. Covering the fundamental elements involved in planning, preparing and implementing learning in your subject area, our Level 4 course is designed to introduce you to the core ideas and knowledge underpinning a career in the teaching profession.

Cert(CPD) Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

Course details

This Level 4 short course aims to introduce you to the fundamental knowledge and skills essential for teaching in the lifelong learning sector. If you are looking to start a career teaching in the higher and professional education sectors, this 12 credit course is an ideal choice.

Our expert tutors will introduce you to the roles, responsibilities and boundaries of the teacher, and support you as you learn about different approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. You’ll explore the core elements of lesson planning and preparing resources, the importance of effective record keeping, and the fundamentals of managing group learning and student behaviour.

  • Start date: 21/04/2020 15/06/2020 or 07/09/2020
  • 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 lifelong learning sector.
  • 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.
  • The Growth 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 Growth 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

  • Start date: 21/04/2020 15/06/2020 or 07/09/2020
  • Location: Economic Solutions
  • Award: Cert(CPD)
  • Duration: 15 weeks

You should have a Level 3 qualification in a subject relevant to the area you wish to teach, along with relevant up-to-date experience in that specialism.

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


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@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.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

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.

  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

Teaching, learning and assessment

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods including timetabled classes with your tutor, as well as workshops, small group and individual practical activities. You’ll be expected to study independently and take responsibility for managing your own learning time.

In terms of assessment, you’ll be expected to complete a number of short, manageable assignments, including a 20-minute observed micro-teaching session.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

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%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
  • Start date:
    21/04/2020 15/06/2020 or 07/09/2020
  • Location:
    Economic Solutions
  • Award:
  • Duration:
    15 weeks

Contact us

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

Cath Murphy
Programme Leader for Education, The Growth Company
Email: Cath.murphy@gceducationandskills.ac.uk

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

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903