Award in Preparing to Work in Schools – Level 1 (Brierley Hill or Dudley Wood)

Course code

Brierley Hill (COML1SCHBR)

Dudley Wood (COML1SCHDW)

Please note, this course is delivered at Brierley Hill Neighbourhood Learning Centre or Dudley Wood Neighbourhood Centre. Select venue at application.  

Why study this course?

If you are interested in becoming a Teaching Assistant within a school and not had any experience of this role previously, then this course is for you. This qualification is to prepare you for further learning and training, whilst developing an understanding of the teaching and learning environment in a school setting, as well as how to support the well-being of a child or young person and their development.
This qualification is aimed at a range of learners who are thinking of working in a school setting including: young people, mature learners, learners with special educational needs or where English is an additional language.

Course content

The course consists of 3 units: Understand schools as organisations; Understand how to keep children and young people healthy, safe and well and the final unit is Understand how to communicate with children, young people and adults.
For all 3 units you will need to provide a range of evidence such as posters, designing a leaflet or booklet, charts, or written assignments.
All are internally marked which means no exam at the end!!
Once completed we offer a Level 1 Award in Safeguarding in a Learning Environment to aid with progression onto the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning.

Entry requirements

There are no official entry requirements for this course just a desire to commence the journey to becoming a Teaching Assistant. The use of, or access to, a laptop/computer/tablet is required to be able to complete aspects of the course.


A pen, paper, lever arch folder and enthusiasm!

Day, time and duration

12 weeks

Tuesday at Brierley Hill (COML1SCHBR)

Wednesday at Dudley Wood (COML1SCHDW

Start date

Full 22/23 course timetable to be confirmed



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