School Administration Foundation Certificate (SAFC)

Programme details

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:

  • Develop their professional competence in relation to their role
  • Develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of technical and professional aspects of school business management and administration
  • Manage resources within their school more efficiently and effectively
  • Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of administration and business management in a school specific setting
  • Demonstrate the impact of their professional learning on themselves and on a school setting

The National College for Teaching and Leadership recognised 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.

Key features of our programmes include:

  • Offered both as Blended Learning (NW & NE regions only) or Fully Online
  • Two intakes per year (April and October) in the SE, SW, WM, EM, YH, East and London regions
  • Three intakes per year (January, April and October) in the NE and NW regions
  • 8 month programme length
  • Online support and networking opportunities available within your tutor group forums
  • Delivered in collaboration with Adfecto and Impact First Consulting

Who can apply?

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. 

Note that this programme cannot be funded by the apprenticeship levy. If you are interested in a levy-funded level 3 programme, please click here for further information.

  1. Programme Structure

    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)

  2. Programme Location

    Our SAFC regional providers are:

    Area Provider
    South West
    South East
    West Midlands
    Yorkshire & Humberside
    East Midlands
    Tel: 01242 220684
    Email: Mail Adfecto
    North East
    North West
    Impact First Consulting – Kate Hinchliffe
    Tel: 07919 235623
    Email: Mail Kate

Ready to apply?

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 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.

Upcoming schedule:

  • SAFC - Fully Online - All other regions
  • £313
  • Apply by: 20th March 2020
  • Start date: April 2020
  • Apply Now
  • SAFC - Blended / Fully Online - NE & NW regions only
  • £333 / £313
  • Apply by: 11th September 2020
  • Start date: October 2020
  • Apply Now
  • SAFC - Fully Online - All other regions
  • £313
  • Apply by: 11th September 2020
  • Start date: October 2020
  • Apply Now


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.

SAFC participant

..I believe the SAFC programme was instrumental in my success in gaining a position as Office Manager half way through the course – thank you.

SAFC participant

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