Community Development Award Level 1





Awarding Body




About the course

This course provides a means to recognise and accredit voluntary and community activities. For organisations who use volunteers, it can aid the recruitment and retention of volunteers, as well as rewarding their contribution. For individual volunteers, the course enables a good understanding of professionalism and the benefits volunteering can bring.  

Entry Requirements

You must have a good level of written and spoken English (Entry 3 or GCSE D-E), be over the age of 19 on 31st August and be actively volunteering with an organisation to join this course.

What will I do on this course?
  • Develop an understanding of what volunteering is about as well as the benefits
  • Gain skills, knowledge and professionalism for career progression and entry into the workplace
  • Understand own voluntary role and responsibilities, alongside own organisation's policies, procedures, issues and legislation
  • Learn about delivering good service and its importance
  • Develop effective communication skills
  • Work as part of a team
Who is it for?

This course is for adults who choose to give their time for the benefit of the community without payment. The qualification is unit-based and there are a wide choice of units available, with two mandatory units. Each unit is credit rated; a credit is equivalent to 10 hours notional learning time (not necessarily contact time with a tutor). Your tutor will agree these with you.

How to apply

If you are interested in this course, or would like to run one for a group you are involved with, please contact: Rebecca Lloyd on 07890 518607 or

How Is this course assessed?

CVQ candidates achieve qualifications by gaining the required number of credits. Candidates need to achieve 6 credits for a full Award including the mandatory units. Candidates produce a portfolio of evidence which is internally assessed and externally moderated.

What could I do next?

You could go on to take the Level 2 Community Volunteering Award.Community volunteering qualifications have provided volunteers with a passport to more volunteering work, further training and employment. Volunteering in an organised way combined with the CVQ Award can enhance CV's with up to date experience, provide a reference and strengthen job and University applications.



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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