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This qualification is being withdrawn
The operational end date (last date for new starts) of this qualification is 31/07/2021 and the certification end date is 30/09/2021.

Key Facts

Level 1
Subject Sector:
13.2 Direct Learning Support
Qualification No:
24 hours
Total qualification time:
40 hours
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Age Range:
16-18 & 19+

Qualification purpose

Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area

Qualification Grading Type


Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio of Evidence

  • Why choose this qualification?

    The primary purpose of this qualification is to increase the understanding of brain-friendly learning in order to become more skilled in an existing job role or to prepare to take on a classroom-based job, leading or supporting children’s learning.

    For the Level 1 Award in Brain-friendly Learning for Children in the Classroom qualification learners will take two mandatory units which cover the concept of brain-friendly learning and its relationship to the accelerated learning cycle, the structure and functions of the brain and how they relate to learning and intelligence types and learning styles. Also, the skills to plan, contribute to leading and review the use of a brain-friendly learning activity for children in a classroom setting.

    This qualification can be taken as a means of up-skilling within a current job role, such as classroom assistant, or in preparation for taking on a similar role. It does not, by itself, qualify individuals to become a classroom assistant but the knowledge and skills covered will be useful in this and related job roles. Learners do not need any prior qualifications or specific levels of attainment but they must be aged 16 or over to take the qualification.

    This qualification will support individuals to progress to the Gateway Qualifications Level 2 Award in Brain-friendly Learning in the Classroom. It could also provide a stepping stone to a qualification in learning support such as Cache Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. This qualification is available at two different levels (Levels 1 and 2). Individuals are likely to benefit from the Level 1 Award if they are not yet employed to support children’s learning, are fairly inexperienced in a classroom-based role and/or do not currently have responsibility for leading activities for children in the classroom.

    Rules of Combination

    Learners must achieve the two mandatory units totalling 4 credits.



    Learners must achieve the two mandatory units totalling 3 credits.

    Brain-friendly Learning

    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    Unit No:
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    Brain-friendly Learning for Children in the Classroom

    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    Unit No:
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    Funding information

    There are now two main sources for funding information, a straightforward ESFA Qualification Search and the more detailed Find a Learning Aim website.

    The new Find a learning aim (FALA) service provides a search tool that you can use to check the funding status of any qualification, framework, unit, standard or T Level:

    View this qualification on the ESFA’s Find a learning aim website

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency search provides funding information on qualifications. It does not provide funding information for units, non-regulated activity and work placements, for this information please use Find a learning aim (FALA).

    View this qualification on the ESFA Qualification Funding Search

    How to find a learning aim

    If you’re not sure how to use the new find a learning aim website, we’ve created a handy walkthrough to help you:

    How to Use: Find a learning Aim

    We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.

    This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.

    The following support materials will help you to deliver this qualification.

    Internal Quality Assurance

    Special Considerations and Reasonable Adjustment Forms