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Course Details

Qualification level and title

NCFE CACHE - Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Schools

What will I learn?

The course aims to help you:

- Understand more about working in schools, alongside a school teacher
- To support children’s learning in a school environment
- Learn how to work as part of a team in a school setting
- Learn how to communicate effectively with children
- Understand Equality, diversity, and inclusion
- Find out about and prepare for the demands of the level 2 teaching assistant course

Subject contents / topics to be covered

Through lively, interactive learning, discussion, group work and class-based practice, you will explore the following areas:

- 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

Assessment Method

Portfolio of evidence to include:

- Assignments, reports, presentations
- Personal action plan for progression
- Personal Learning Plan (PLP)

Progression opportunities

On successful completion of this Level 1 Award, you can progress to:-

- Level 2 Teaching Assistant
- Level 2 Diploma in Early Years


If you are receiving qualifying benefits you may not have to pay the course fee

Course Details

The course is scheduled to run as follows:-

Reference TZK808-23
Location: CALAT Thornton Heath Centre
Start Date: 16 April 2024
End Date: 9 July 2024
Course Duration: 12 weeks
Time: Mon 09:30-15:00

Joining instructions

You are invited to attend an information and assessment session at our Thornton Heath centre.

At the session you will complete a short English assessment and have a discussion with the course tutor.
When you attend, you will need to bring Photo ID and proof of income/benefits with you.

Please email us at to book a session for one of the following dates

Friday 2nd Feb
Friday 9th Feb
Monday 19th February
Monday 26th February
Monday 4th March
Monday 11th March
Monday 15 April

Unfortunately, we cannot see anyone who has not booked onto the information session in advance. We are unable to admit children at these sessions.

If successful, you will be offered a place on the course, and receive an offer letter.