University Foundation Certificate Fastrack: Preparation for Secondary Initial Teacher Training in Higher Education


Course Length:30 Weeks Part-Time then 6 Weeks Full-Time
Start Dates:October 2016, October 2017
Department:Access Programmes
Location:Edge Hill University
  • 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 and 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 Preparation for 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.

Please note, the availability of Fastrack Secondary subjects is still to be announced for October 2016 entry. Please keep checking this page for updates.

Student Profiles

  • Ryan Beales

    Fastrack: Preparation for Secondary Initial Teacher Training in Higher Education
    “I would say to anyone considering Fastrack to go ahead and do it! All of my expectations were met and it was by far the best thing I could have done to prepare for life as an undergraduate.”
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Course in Depth

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, online databases. 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 University, including the 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.

How will I be assessed?

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

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

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.

Entry Criteria

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) Enhanced Disclosure and medical clearance which we will organise for you.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

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


How to Apply

Applications for October 2016 entry are expected to open soon. Please keep checking this page for updates.

Alternatively, you may be interested in the teacher training routes available through our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

22nd February 2016 - Change of Programme Title

The programme has been renamed from Fastrack: Access to Secondary Initial Teacher Training in Higher Education to Fastrack: Preparation for Secondary Initial Teacher Training in Higher Education.