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Level 1 Preparing to work in schools

Online Course

Who is this course for?

Considering a career change?

Looking for employment that works around child commitments?

Have you really enjoyed home learning, supporting your children and watching them grow?

Do you want to learn the basics and expectations of the role of a Teaching Assistant?


Then this course may be for you.


Course Details

The objective of this qualification is to prepare learners for further learning and training, whilst developing an understanding of the teaching and learning environment in a school setting, how to support the well-being of a child or young person their development.

The qualification is aimed at a range of learners, including learners with special educational needs, where English is an additional language or anyone thinking of working in a school setting.

There will be 3 units as part of the course: 

  • Understand schools as organisations.

  • Understand how to keep children and young people healthy, safe and well.

  • Understand how to communicate with children, young people and adults.






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Entry Requirements:

You will need to provide evidence that you have any of the following:

  • Been a resident of the UK/EU for the past three years.

  • Proof of immigration status
  • ​Aged 19+

This course requires you to have a good level of ICT, English (working competently at Entry 3, Level 1 or above) and maths skills in order to support achievement, progression and eventual employment. Before you can join this course, you will be required to complete a formal initial assessment for English and ICT. 

It is important that you are available to attend all your classes as non-attendance reduces your ability to achieve on your course.


The benefits of this course:

  • The course is a steppingstone into working within a school environment.

  • Beneficial for those looking for a career change but unsure if working in schools is right for them.

  • Can lead onto further qualifications within the framework of working in schools. 



On successful completion of the course you will receive a NCFE Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Schools. All required units need to be achieved for this. 



All the classes are run by a qualified and experienced tutor.  Learners will attend set classes each week and experience a variety of learning activities including tutor demonstration, practical activities, role-play, group discussion and research.

It is important that learners attend all classes, as not attending reduces their ability to achieve on the course.

Next Steps:

Learners can progress onto the Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges or the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning.

We also have Information, advice and Guidance qualified staff who can advise learners on progression and other opportunities.


Are there any additional costs?

Tuition fees


   Concession        £90.50


100% Concession if in receipt of Universal Credit, Job Seekers or Employment Support allowance.

50% Concession if aged 60+.


This is a 48-hour course that runs over 20 weeks.