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NCFE Level 1
Teaching Assistant Award

This NCFE Level 1 Teaching Assistant course is the easiest way to get a fully recognised qualification. It will prepare you for further learning and training whilst developing an understanding of teaching in a school setting, making it the ideal entry-level course to start working in a school.

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NCFE CACHE Level 1 Teaching Assistant


This course is the official NCFE CACHE qualification for becoming a Teaching Assistant, simple to follow with friendly 1-1 tutor support. Our user-friendly approach allows for rapid course progression enabling you to complete your study as quickly as possible and get qualified as a Teaching Assistant. We have a wealth of experience training Teaching Assistants via online home learning and all our courses meet the highest standards.

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This course is the official NCFE CACHE Level 1 Teaching Assistant qualification and is fully recognised & accepted by all schools. You’ll learn the underpinning knowledge needed to work in all primary and secondary schools including colleges. It enables learners to gain an understanding of elements including children and young people’s development and safeguarding their welfare. This qualification is nested to allow learners to be topped up to a qualification that is the same level and subject within the Award, Certificate, Diploma structure. Once you have completed this course, you can work as a government qualified teaching assistant! Take the next step now!

Get instant access to your course – no waiting to get started

There’s no waiting to get started and you’ll instantly be on your way to becoming a government qualified Teaching Assistant as soon as you enrol.

We take enrolments all year round and one of the biggest benefits of home study is you can make your study fit around you and your schedule. You get full 1-1 access to your own personal tutor who will guide you through the course and help prepare you for your assignments and provide full feedback on your course progress. If you wish, you can also choose to include the printed course materials, ideal if you prefer paper-based study to online learning. Our passion will enable you to interact with your tutor as you complete each unit. Full tutor support is offered throughout the course to ensure you pass as easily as possible.

NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in School

Our enrolment fee includes your NCFE CACHE certificate, all your course materials and full tutor support. You can also include the printed course handbooks if you prefer to study using paper-based learning.


The brand new 2023 syllabus included in this course

Understand schools as organisations
RQF Unit Reference A/616/5431
Unit Level Level 1
Guided Learning 10 hours
Create Value 1

The aim of this unit is to provide the learner with the knowledge needed to understand schools as organisations.

Understand how to keep children and young people healthy, safe and well
RQF Unit Reference F/616/5432
Unit Level Level 1
Guided Learning 30 hours
Credit Value 4
The aim of this unit is to provide the learner with the knowledge and understanding needed for children to be healthy and well. The unit considers areas and patterns of child development and explores issues around keeping children safe.
Understand how to communicate with children, young people and adults
RQF Unit Reference J/616/5433
Unit Level Level 1
Guided Learning 7 hours
Credit Value 1
The aim of this unit is to provide the learner with the knowledge and understanding needed to communicate effectively with children, young people and adults.

Entry Requirements – no formal requirements

You don’t need any formal qualifications or school placement for this Level 1 course, you will be taught the full level 1 Award syllabus once you are enrolled. Our passion will enable you to interact with your tutor, ensuring you pass your course as easily as possible.

  • No formal qualifications are required.
  • No school placement is required.
  • You must be over 16 years of age.
  • Enrolments are open all year.

Course Delivery – instant access to your course

Receive immediate access to your course as soon as you’ve enrolled!

This is a Home Study Course – enrol at anytime

This course is a home study course which means you study at home and don’t need to come to the college at all. NCFE CACHE issue the certificate at the end of the course, which is exactly the same qualification as an attendance-based college. No mention of home study is on the certificate, so you can be guaranteed your qualification is fully respected and recognised by all schools.

Your Course Materials – choose paper books or online

You’ll be given instant access to your course resources, with tailored learning available directly online. Because they’re written by us, you can be sure we’ll teach you everything to succeed. We’ll guide you through your entire course and get you fully prepared for all your course assignments. If you prefer, you can also have all of your course materials delivered as paper handbooks.

Enrolment fee includes NCFE CACHE certificate, all your course materials and full tutor support.

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Government regulated
Recognised by all schools
NCFE CACHE Accredited
6-Months to complete
  • NCFE CACHE Accredited
  • For primary & secondary schools
  • Entry level course
  • Award winning tutors
Meeting the highest standards - we’re fully accredited by NCFE CACHE to deliver nationally recognised qualifications.
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From start to finish, our friendly tutors will be on hand to help you with your course.

How this course is assessed

This course consists of the 3 learning units (or lessons) outlined above. As you work your way through these units, you’ll be asked to complete an essay styled assignment for each of the individual units you’ve learnt. When you’re ready, you submit your assignment to us either online or by post and our friendly assessors will review your work and give you feedback. If you haven’t quite got everything right, don’t worry, our helpful assessors will explain where you’ve gone wrong, and you’ll be free to submit the assignment again without penalty – we’ll make sure you pass your course. As this course is continually assessed there are no exams for this course.

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Why De Montfort

At De Montfort we have many years of experience providing the highest quality online Teaching Assistant courses, here are just some of the reasons we think you’ll love us.

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With all of our courses delivered online, we can minimise costs and provide you with official qualifications for less than most physical colleges.

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Supportive tutors

All of our friendly tutors are experts in their field and will be on hand to support you every step of the way through your Teaching Assistant course.

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Online tuition

Our online tuition allows you to study from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace.

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Accredited courses

All of our courses are accredited by NCFE CACHE giving you an RQF qualification that is recognised by all schools.

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Save time

Because you’ll be studying online, there’s no need to travel to and from classes, saving you both time and money.

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Highly rated

We’ve built a reputation for quality and all of our courses regularly receive outstanding feedback from students.

Frequently asked questions

Can I spread the cost?

Yes, we offer flexible 0% finance to all of our students.

Do I need to sit an exam?

No, you will be assessed during the course with tutor feedback being provided after each assignment.

What type of job roles can I apply for with this course?

This course will provide you with the underpinning knowledge you need to work in a variety of job roles such as:

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Special Needs Assistant
What if I have more questions?

If you have any questions or need some advice we’d love to help you. Simply email info@dmc.ac or call us on 0345 652 0098 or 0203 012 0098.

Can I study in a classroom?

Yes, we run a small number of classroom-based courses around the country. Please call our educational team on 0203 012 0098 for further information.

Do I need any experience?

No, you don’t need any prior experience to study this course, nor do you need to be actively working or volunteering in a school or a college. This is the perfect course for those looking to start a career in teaching.

If I change my mind can I get a refund?

You will need to request an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorisation) for your returned course and refund. To request your RMA number please email support@dmc.ac or alternatively call our student support team on 0345 652 0098 (local rate including mobiles). You can view our full refund policy here:- https://dmc.ac/refund-policy/