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University Foundation Certificate Fastrack: Access to Secondary Initial Teacher Training in Higher Education

Summary 2015/16

  • Take advantage of a free course that will give you the skills, understanding and confidence to progress onto a secondary education initial teacher training degree;
  • Take the fear out of academic study with training in essential study skills like note-taking, essay writing and exam techniques, plus an introduction to IT;
  • Guarantee yourself the offer of a place on a specified secondary education undergraduate initial teacher training programme.

Fastrack is an intensive, free 36-week Access to Higher Education programme for adults. It is designed to give you the skills and knowledge to enter a specified secondary education initial teacher training degree at Edge Hill University. Successful completion will enable you to start a full-time secondary education initial teacher training degree from the following September. The first 30 weeks of the programme are delivered on a part-time basis, with the final six weeks delivered full-time.

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals who are able to cope with the demands of an intensive course. If you would like to become a teacher but think that you lack the necessary qualifications, Fastrack: Access to Secondary Initial Teacher Training in Higher Education could be the ideal choice.

Location: Edge Hill University
Course Type: University Foundation Certificate
Attendance & Study Mode:
36 weeks: 30 weeks part time then 6 weeks full-time
Start Date: October 2015

2015/16 Entry Requirements

Ideally you will be educated to A/AS level (or equivalent) or have relevant work experience plus have a GCSE (grade C or above) in a subject area you would like to teach and have a strong interest in teaching future generations.

You should be able to demonstrate an awareness of your chosen career pathway. Ideally this will have been achieved by having some experience in a relevant setting, through employment, volunteering or observation.

All applicants to teacher training programmes also have to undergo Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously CRB) Enhanced Disclosure and medical clearance which we will organise for you.

How do I apply?

The application process for October 2015 entry will open in spring 2015.

Alternatively, you may be interested in the teacher training routes available through our Fastrack: Access to Higher Education course which is available for June 2015 entry.

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What will I study?

The emphasis of the course is on study skills training so you will take compulsory sessions on essay writing, taking and arranging notes, reading effectively, report writing, revision and examination techniques, presentation skills, time management, working in groups, strengths and weaknesses, action planning, target setting, confidence building, presentation skills, group work and course evaluation.

You will also get an introduction to ICT, covering basic IT awareness, the Internet, word processing, CD-ROMs, online databases, scanning and graphics. There is also training in IT for statistics, IT applications and further IT drop-in sessions.

How will I study?

Teaching is through lectures, tutorials, small group work and practical sessions. You will be allocated a personal tutor and have access to the full range of services and facilities at Edge Hill, including the University Library, computer hardware and software, ICT/Internet access and media facilities.

You must be able to attend both the part-time and full-time phase. The course will take place initially for one night per week, typically from 5pm-8pm for 30 weeks, commencing in October, followed by five days per week from 10am-3pm for six weeks starting early June. You will undertake school placements during the operational hours of the relevant school.

Who will be teaching me?

The programme is delivered by a team of tutors who are experienced in teaching and supporting adults returning to education.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through assignments, projects and coursework. You must also achieve a minimum attendance threshold.

What are my career prospects?

This Fastrack: Access to Secondary Initial Teacher Training in Higher Education programme offers progression onto specific secondary education initial teacher training degrees at Edge Hill University.

The progression routes available to students joining this programme in October 2015 are still to be announced. Please keep checking this page for updates.

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A Great Study Environment

Based in 160 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the Edge Hill University campus is a unique and inspirational place to study. Industry standard resources and cutting edge technology combine to make an interactive and highly advanced teaching and learning environment.

Everything you could want is on one site with 60 acres of sport and leisure facilities, more than 1,900 rooms in halls of residence, and fantastic modern spaces in which you can study and socialise. There is also a University library, providing you with access to thousands of books, journals, online resources and extensive PC and media provision.

You will get all the support you need to succeed, reflected in Edge Hill University being ranked:

  • Top ten for employability (HESA 2014. Employment indicator for comparable English public universities);
  • Top in the North West for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014 and Sunday Times University Guide 2014.

Where can I find out more?

If you would like to receive a copy of our prospectus or be kept updated about forthcoming events, contact Course Enquiries by emailing or calling 01695 657000.

If you want to attend one of our open events held throughout the year, visit to book your place.

You will also find Edge Hill University staff at many national careers fairs and UCAS events.

Still want more?

If you have any questions you would like to ask about this course, please contact:

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