teaching assistant course

Level 1 Teaching Assistant Course

Our Level 1 Teaching Assistant Course will help you take your first step towards getting a job as a teaching assistant. It’s also a valuable qualification when applying for other school support staff jobs including; school admin jobs and assistant caretaker jobs.

Accredited by NCFE Cache, our Teaching Assistant Level 1 course covers topics such as; how to support the well-being of a child or young person and child and young person development.

If you’re considering getting a job at a local school, this qualification will provide you with additional skills working young people, mature learners, learning with special educational needs and where English is an additional language.

Achieve a NCFE Cache Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Schools qualification to add to your CV.

Unit ref.Unit no.Unit titleUnit typeLevelCreditGuided Learning
A/616/5431PWS1Understand schools as organisationsKnowledge1110
F/616/5432PWS2Understand how to keep children and young people healthy, safe and wellKnowledge1430
J/616/5433PWS3Understand how to communicate with children, young people and adultsKnowledge117

The average duration of this course is 4 weeks. The course length is 3 weeks which includes two online webinars per week, plus a 1-1 tutorial. An additional week is allocated at the end of the course to complete your workbook and submit to your tutor. 

Getting started on this course is easy!


Sign up using our online enrolment form

Click the ‘apply now’ button above, or visit www.thinkemployment.com/apply to start your application for the course of your choice.



Complete our short pre-course assessment

Once you have submitted the online form you will be sent a short-pre course assesment to complete via email. This simply allows us to establish your starting points and ensure the course is right for you.


Recieve your log in and you’re ready to go!

After completing the assessments a member of the Think team will give you a call to confirm your details and provide you with your login details. As soon as you receive them you are free to start your learning!

Unrestricted Online Learning

This online course allows you to work around your busy schedule, whilst still providing you with high-quality, 1-1 tutor support.

In addition to 24/7 access to learning materials, we provide free, optional, online webinars that you can watch live or play back at a later date. They allow you to learn directly from a tutor and interact with others on your course. Ask questions, get clarification and be part of a learning community.    

On demand playback

Missed a webinar? Don’t worry! All sessions are recorded and allow you to watch back at a time that suits you.

Fully-flexible learning

Want to learn at any hour of any day? No problem! Our learning platform gives you 24/7 access to your learning materials, so you can learn at a time that suits you.

Unlimited tutor support

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will be able to help you at every step of the way. Contactable via phone, email or video call.

Nationally-recognised Qualification

After completing the course, you will be awarded with a fully-accredited, nationally-recognised qualification to help you find work or access higher education.

What you’ll learn on the Level 1 Teaching Assistant Course

PWS1: Understand schools as organisations


The aim of this unit is to help you learn about and understand schools as organisations.

1. Understand the different types of schools

1.1 List the different types of schools

1.2 Identify the main characteristics of different types of schools in relation to educational stages

1.3 Outline the roles and responsibilities of:

school governors
teachers and tutors
support staff1.4 List the external professionals who may work with a school

2. Understand policies and procedures in schools

2.1 Outline why schools have policies and procedures

2.2 Identify two (2) policies and procedures schools have

2.3 Outline the purpose of the identified policies and procedures

3. Understand different areas of learning in schools

3.1 List subject areas taught in school for children studying the National Curriculum

3.2 Identify extracurricular activities that may exist in a school

PWS2: Understand how to keep children and young people healthy, safe and well


The aim of this unit will help you learn and understand what’s required for children to be healthy and well.

The unit considers areas and patterns of child development and explores issues around keeping children safe.

1. Understand the main stages of development from birth to 19 years of age

1.1 Identify main areas of child development

1.2 Outline the main stages of the development of children and young people from birth to 19 years, to include:

  • birth to 1 year
  • 1 to 3 years
  • 4 to 7 years
  • 8 to 12 years
  • 13 to 19 years

2. Understand how to keep individuals safe in the learning environment

2.1 Give examples of hazards and associated risks in a learning environment

2.2 Identify ways to keep individuals safe:

  • indoors
  • outdoors

2.3 Identify accidents and sudden illness that may occur in a learning environment

2.4 List ways infection is spread

2.5 Identify methods that reduce the spread of infection

3. Understand how to protect children and young people

3.1 List types of abuse

3.2 Outline how schools protect children and young people

3.3 Identify action to take when concerns are raised about a child or young person’s welfare

4. Understand healthy eating

4.1 Outline what is meant by ‘balanced diet’

4.2 Explain how food and drink helps individuals to be healthy

5. Understand equality, diversity and inclusion

5.1 Define the meaning of:

  • equality
  • diversity
  • inclusion

5.2 Identify ways to promote equality, diversity and inclusion when working with children and young people

PWS3: Understand how to communicate with children, young people and adults


The aim of this is to help you learn how to communicate effectively with children, young people and adults.

1. Understand how to communicate effectively with children, young
people and adults

1.1 Identify different methods of communication

1.2 Describe how to adapt communication styles when interacting with children, young people and adults

2. Understand how to communicate within a team

2.1 List the characteristics of teamwork

2.2 Identify potential teams within a school

2.3 Explain ways in which teams communicate

3. Understand how to encourage individuals in a learning environment

3.1 Outline why the encouragement of learners is central to their learning and development

3.2 Explain ways in which positive communication can be used to encourage children and young people

3.3 Outline why positive behaviour is important in the learning environment