The School Administration Foundation Certificate (SAFC) programme (course code: 310) is designed for individuals who are looking to improve their skills in school administration.
Completion of the programme will enable school administrators to:
The National College for Teaching and Leadership recognises SAFC as entry level onto the Level 4 Diploma in School Business Management (formerly CSBM) programme, should you wish to continue your development through this very popular suite of programmes.
Click here to read a case study from one of our previous participants.
If you feel a Level 3 equivalent (approximates to ‘A’ level standard) programme is the right starting point for your development, then this is the programme for you. Please contact us if you need to discuss your eligibility for the most appropriate programme.
Please see the Guidance for Applicants documents for further details.
The programme commences with either a face-to-face session (blended learning version) or an introductory WebEx (fully online version) and the launch of module 1. Subsequent modules will be launched at set times throughout the programme and will commence with a short module video, via a link provided by your tutor. All module work is submitted for assessment by e-mail.
SAFC is an 8 month programme in which participants will need to successfully complete four modules of study (2 months per module):
• Managing self and personal skills
• Working with people
• Effective use of resources
• Achieving results (work-based project)
The following programmes are currently available:
• SW – Taunton (blended learning)
• SE – Reading (blended learning)
• WM – Birmingham (blended learning
• YH – Leeds (blended learning)
• EM – Grantham (blended learning)
• East – Cambridge (blended learning)
• London (blended learning)
• NE (blended learning)
• NW (blended learning
• Fully online (all regions)
Applicants to the fully online programme will be allocated to a regional provider.
Our SAFC regional providers are:
Yorkshire & Humberside
Tel: 01242 220684
Email: Mail Adfecto
|Anglia Ruskin University – Josie Larkin|
Tel: 01245 68 4355
Email: Mail Josie
|Impact First Consulting – Kate Hinchliffe|
Tel: 07919 235623
Email: Mail Kate
The application form is located on the Serco Learning Centre website and so you will be automatically transferred to the site when you click on one of the ‘Apply Now’ buttons below.
Not sure which level to apply for? See our simple, new guide ‘Which programme should I choose?’ (under Key Documents, right) which helps to distinguish between each level of study so you can choose the best level for yourself.
If this is your first application, you will need to create a user account, which only takes a few minutes. You will be asked for your name and email address, and to create a username, password, and security question.
You will then be able to proceed to the application form.
All prices exclude (but are subject to) VAT.
The course has definitely changed my awareness of how my position within the school affects others and how I can improve on my communication skills.
..I believe the SAFC programme was instrumental in my success in gaining a position as Office Manager half way through the course – thank you.
We are an Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Approved centre to deliver the Level 4 (CSBM), Level 5 (DSBM) and the Level 6 Diploma in School Business Management (ADSBM).