Level 1 NCFE Award in Preparing to Work in Schools

Qualification Level 1 NCFE Award in Preparing to Work in Schools
Subject Area Teacher Training and Education
Attendance Full Time
Age Group(s) 16-18 year olds
Duration 1 year

Course Content

Learners complete 3 mandatory units to create a portfolio of evidence.

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 and child, and young person development.

The qualification is aimed at a range of learners, including young people, mature learners, learners with special educational needs or where English is an additional language, learners who are thinking of working in a school setting. The course would be suitable for learners on ESOL courses that are considering a career as a teaching assistant.

Topics covered include: 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.

Course Outcomes

The qualification will be graded Achieved or Not Yet Achieved and all the assessment criteria must be achieved in order to obtain the Award.


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.

Entry Requirements

Learners will be assessed in Math and English.


All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods which could include: written assignments or tasks* such as designing a leaflet or booklet,charts or diagrams,or setting up an information board.


There are no specific resource requirements for this qualification. Learners do not need to be working or undertaking practical placements to take this qualification.

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