CACHE Level 1 Teaching Assistant Course

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NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Schools

This CACHE Level 1 Teaching Assistant course is the easiest way to get a fully recognised Teaching Assistant qualification. This Level 1 course is the entry level qualifcation that prepares you for further learning and training whilst developing an understanding of the teaching and learning environment in a school setting. It covers areas such as how to support the well-being of a child or young person and child and young person development.

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  • The UK’s No1 Online TA College
  • 0% Finance - no credit check
  • Fully NCFE CACHE accredited
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
603/2477/6 NCFE Qualification number
57 Hours Guided learning hours
Non-placement No school-placement needed
6 OFQUAL Credit value

Level 1 Teaching Assistant Course Overview

NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Schools

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.

  • Fully accredited by NCFE CACHE
  • Level 1 qualification
  • No school placement needed
  • For primary & secondary schools
Meeting the highest standards - we’re fully accredited by NCFE CACHE to deliver nationally recognised qualifications.
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NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning

This course follows the brand new 2021 school guidelines with up-to-date information and units.

You will complete the following units on this Level 1 Teaching Assistant Course:

Understand schools as organisations
NCFE Unit Reference A/616/5431
Unit Level Level 1
Guided Learning 10 hours
Credit 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
NCFE 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
NCFE 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.

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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Benefits of studying with us

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1:1 tutor support

When you enrol with De Montfort you’ll be assigned a friendly tutor who you can speak to via phone or email throughout your level 3 course. They’ll help you prepare for assignments, provide feedback and be on hand to offer help as and when you need it. All of our supportive tutors have a wealth of experience in Teaching Assistant training and regularly receive excellent feedback.

Course Entry Requirements

Entry requirements – no experience required

Don’t worry you don’t need any previous experience or formal qualifications to enrol onto this course.

Open to everyone from 14 years of age and above, there is no upper age restriction.

Study online from home

Online Level 1 Teaching Assistant Course

This is an online or paper based course so you can study in the comfort of your own home. We’ll deliver your course materials online, or in the post, if you opt for the printed version. As our level 1 course is online, you’ll be given immediate access as soon as you enrol, so you can get started straight away.

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Course Timeframe

The guided learning hours for this level 1 Teaching Assistant course is 47 hours, with the total qualification taking 57 hours in total. We give you 6-months to complete the course but we’re flexible so if you want to study hard and finish sooner that will be fine. Should you require any extra time we can also arrange course extensions as well.


Awarding Body

NCFE CACHE (the Council of Awards in Care, Health and Education) is the UK’s leading awarding body for the childcare sector and are part of the RQF ensuring high-quality courses and industry-recognised qualifications. We are a fully accredited and inspected NCFE CACHE learning provider.

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I just finished and everything was good thank you. My friend finished her course with you a and told me it was ok so I went and did it with you.

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I’ve flippin done it lol, 7 months hard graft finally paid off. Over the moon and honestly recommend this course to anyone thinking about it. I really enjoyed so 5 out of 5 from me x

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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 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 or alternatively call our student support team on 0345 652 0098 (local rate including mobiles). You can view our full refund policy here:-