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Preparing to Work in Schools Award level 1 – C1002

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Course Overview

This accredited qualification is suitable if you are 19+ and interested in or want to update your knowledge of working in a school setting including young people, mature learners, learners with special educational needs or where English is an additional language. This qualification prepares you for further learning whilst developing an understanding of the teaching and learning environment in a school setting.
This is an online and classroom-based, four-week course which is offered at regular intervals year-round (50 weeks of the year including non-term times).
Particularly suitable for you if you are returning to work after a period of unemployment who would like to gain some confidence in using a computer which will support you getting back into working life.
Applicants do not need to be working or undertaking practical placements to achieve this qualification as it is knowledge-based only. However we always recommend a period of work experience to gain valuable practical experience which will enhance your career opportunities, we can advise you about how you could gain a placement.

This is an amazing opportunity for anyone with or without experience in the education sector, with childcare friendly hours, however you must be committed to complete all three mandatory units.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

During this four week programme of learning, you will take part in a variety of different learning activities including supported online learning, classroom teaching, discussion, research including watching short clips and practical demonstrations where you will be able to achieve the following three mandatory units:
Unit 1 – Understand how to communicate with children, young people and adults
1. Identify different methods of communication
2. Understand how to communicate within a team
3. Understand why encouragement is central to the learning environment
4. Explain ways to encourage individuals in a learning environment

Unit 2 – Understand how to keep children and young people healthy, safe and well
1. Understand the main stages of development from birth to 19 years
2. Understand how to keep individuals safe in the learning environment
3. Identify hazards and associated risks and ways to keep individuals safe indoors and outdoors
4. Identify accidents and sudden illness that may occur
5. Identify ways the infection can spread and methods to reduce the risk of spreading
6. Understand how to protect children and young people including types of abuse and actions needed
7. Understand healthy eating
8. Understand equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Unit 3 – Understand schools as organisations
1. Understand different types of schools
2. Understand the importance of policies and procedures in schools
3. Understand the national Curriculum and the value of extracurricular activities

You will also study and achieve a range of additional classroom-based qualifications/awards to support your job searching e.g:
1. Customer Service level 1
2. Introduction to Autistic Spectrum level 1
3. Conflict Resolution level 1
4. Preparing for an Interview level 1

Entry Requirements

This is a level 1 course and although there are no formal entry requirements, a reasonable level of literacy is expected i.e. you can write and speak to make yourself understood. If you have any concerns regarding your literacy level, please contact us.

How you will be assessed

When attending classroom based sessions, you will complete a variety of short practical and written tasks that will be formally assessed by your tutor to create a portfolio of written evidence.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (19+): £96.00

Additional Costs

You will not be required to pay a fee for this course if you are in receipt of one of the following benefits:
Universal Credit
JSA or ESA (Employment and Support Allowance Work Related Action Group)
low waged.
Evidence of benefits will be required on the application.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

On completion of this award, your tutor will be able to provide advice and guidance on other programmes. These might include additional qualifications related to communication skills or other short vocational programmes.

For more detailed advice and guidance about future steps, you can make an appointment with one of our qualified careers advisers who can support you to find the most suitable career path for you and to make the most of your skills and qualifications.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website. You will be contacted to attend an interview if required, or you will be sent a conditional offer according to the entry requirements of the course. You will then be invited in to enrol for your chosen course.

For applications via JCP, please let your Work Coach know. Subject to individual eligibility and type of benefit, the vast majority of courses are FREE to people in receipt of an employment-related benefit JSA, Universal Credit or ESA (Employment and Support Allowance).

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