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

Overview

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

Please note, this programme is suspended for October 2016 entry.

  • Gain the skills, understanding and confidence required to join a Secondary Education initial teacher training degree;
  • Take the fear out of academic study with training in essential skills such as note-taking, essay writing, exam techniques and an introduction to IT;
  • Join a programme which is ideal if you are returning to study and/or seeking to enhance your subject knowledge and skills.

Fastrack is an intensive, 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. The first 30 weeks of the programme are delivered on a part-time basis, with the final six weeks delivered full-time. The programme is free of charge, with the exception of paying for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure, the cost of which is currently £50.

Successful completion of this Fastrack course may enable you to be considered for a place on the corresponding full-time Secondary Education initial teacher training degree at Edge Hill University, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria for the relevant programme, although places on specific degrees are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed.

Please note, the availability of Fastrack subjects and progression routes varies for each academic year. 

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 also be required to undertake four days on placement in a secondary school. The placement will take place on one day per week across a four-week period during the full-time phase of the programme in June or July. We will endeavour to ensure that the school in which the placement takes place is no more than 90 minutes travel from your term time address.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through assignments, projects and coursework, as well as timed, end-of-topic tests. You must also achieve a minimum attendance threshold of 90%.

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

Formal entry qualifications are not typically required to join this Fastrack programme, although ideally you will be educated to A/AS level (or equivalent) or have relevant work experience. GCSE (grade C or above) in the subject area you would like to teach is also desirable.

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

You will also be required to undergo Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure and medical clearance. Edge Hill University will organise this on your behalf but you will be liable for the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure (currently £50).

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

This Fastrack: Preparation for Secondary Initial Teacher Training in Higher Education programme is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to study a specific Secondary Education initial teacher training degree at Edge Hill University.

Please note, however, that while we expect many candidates who successfully complete a Fastrack course to proceed onto a relevant degree at Edge Hill University, the availability of a suitable progression route and acceptance onto this course cannot be guaranteed.

You should also be aware that this Fastrack course is designed to enable progression onto a degree at Edge Hill University and may not be accepted by other institutions.

Finance

Tuition Fees

The programme is free of charge, with the exception of paying for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure, the cost of which is currently £50.

Apply

How to Apply

Further information about how to apply for October 2017 entry will be announced nearer the time.

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 www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/bookanopenday.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective undergraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradevents.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

If you would like to talk to the programme team about the course in more detail, please contact:

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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.