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Award in Community Development Level 1 & 2


Level 1 Award in Community Development

Awarding Body:


Overview & Objective:

The NOCN Level 1 Award in Community Development aims to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of those involved in community development practice in a voluntary or paid capacity. The qualification provides underpinning knowledge for the practice of community
development. It enables people to enhance the effectiveness of their community development work either as volunteer activists, full or part time community development staff, or as personnel of organisations and services with a community development approach.

The qualification has been developed by a range of community development practitioners and trainers under the guidance of the Federation of Community Development Learning (funded by
the Community Development Foundation), led initially by Lifelong Learning UK and most recently by Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS).

Guidance on Assessment:

The qualifications require achievement of the specified units with no further requirements for additional/summative assessment. Achievement is therefore determined by successful completion of unit assessment. The assessment process is as follows:
– Assessments are internally set at the Centre by assessors, against the requirements detailed in the assessment criteria of the unit
– The learners are assessed internally at the Centre, using the assessments set
– The resulting portfolios of assessed evidence are internally verified by an internal verifier at the Centre
– The portfolios of assessed evidence are externally verified by an external verifier appointed by NOCN.

Entry Requirements:

The Level 1 Award is designed as an introduction to understanding community development, and is designed for young people and adults including those:
– want to progress to learning at a higher level
– beginning to engage with community activities
– interested in community work, and developing a career in this area
– involved in community groups and who want to develop an understanding of community development
– building on their informal community development learning.

Learners must be 14 or over.
There are no specific entry requirements for the qualification.
An active role in the learners’ community and its development will be required.

Progression Opportunities:

The NOCN Level 1 Award in Community Development enables progression to the NOCN Level 2 Certificate in Community Development, potential employment, further learning opportunities within employment, or further study at higher levels.

Start Date:

Roll-on – Roll-off (Please contact our office for further information)


10 weeks (3hrs a week)

Course Fees:

Free for our volunteers (T&C apply)

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