Cert(CPD) Preparation for Education and Training (UOB)

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.

Preparation for Education and Training (UOB)

Key information



Mode of Study:



40 hours


The University of Bolton

Start date:


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 professional development course uses the University of Bolton as a context for exploring policies and procedures. We offer you an intensive programme of tuition where you attend the University for five full days. You’ll then have two weeks to digest the course content and prepare your coursework for assessment.

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. Likewise, if you’re a member of University staff who’s been offered formal teaching opportunities, you may be able to progress to the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education, with the written permission of the relevant Head of School.

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

  • 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.
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.
Professional recognition

  • 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.
  • 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).

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at admissions@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £600 for the academic year 2021/22.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for 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.


Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

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.

University of Bolton Group Partners

Bolton College
University Technical College
University of Bolton

The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!

  • Preparation for Education and Training
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 80%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20%

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Amanda Turner
Programme Leader


+44 (0)1204 903309

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton


+44 (0)1204 903903

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