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Course Details

Qualification level and title

NCFE CACHE - L1 Award in Preparing to Work in Schools
Ascentis - Level 1 Reading
Ascentis - Level 1 Writing

What will I learn?

The course aims to help you:

Find out about and prepare for the demands of the level 2 teaching assistant course

Prepare to work in schools as a member of the support staff team

Further develop your literacy skills

Subject contents / topics to be covered

During the course you will be exploring 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)

Self/peer assessment

Progression opportunities

Level 2 Award on Support Work in Schools - providing you have achieved, or are working at, Level 1 in your writing.


Full fee - £425.00

This course is free if you are receiving qualifying benefits

Essential Equipment

A computer and Internet access are essential as you will be required to word process work.
You will also need internet access to send and receive emails from your tutor and to research information.
You will need a notepad or notebook and pens for classroom use

Joining instructions

All candidates are required to attend an online information and interview on the dates listed at the beginning of this course summary. You will also need to complete an online English and maths assessment after you have submitted your application.

You will need to set up an account through our website before you can book a place on an information assessment.

If successful and you are offered a place on a course, you will be given instructions on how to enrol online or in person at any one of the CALAT centres.

Click the 'enrol' button below to book a place on one of the information sessions.

Entry requirements

A minimum of entry 3 English / literacy. If you wish to progress further you will be required to attend additional English / literacy classes to support your learning.

You will be asked to complete all paperwork necessary for CALAT to claim government funding which subsidises the cost of the course.

Equipment required

Access to a computer, paper, printer, A4 lever arch folder and dividers, pen and notebook / writing paper and USB memory stick.

Students are advised NOT to buy any books until recommended by the course tutor.


Teaching Assistant - Preparing to Work in Schools - Level 1

  • Reference TZK013-21
  • Location: CALAT Thornton Heath Centre
  • Start Date: 10 May 2022
  • End Date: 26 Jul 2022
  • Course Duration: 12 weeks
  • Time: Tue 09:30-12:30, 13:00-15:00
  • Course Full
Fee BandAmount
Full Fee425.00
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