Smoking awareness (BIIAB Level 1 award) for students

Lincolnshire County Council

An informative qualification which gives young people the facts they need to know about smoking. 

This training can be used as evidence towards helping you achieve SMSC.


The award course has been offered to hundreds of learners free of charge across Lincolnshire since 2011.

The award is nationally recognised as level 1, meaning it is equivalent to a grade D at GCSE, so it is a great thing to have on a learners CV.

Over 90% of learners achieve the award, and for learners who are smokers at the start of the course, we have found over 30% of learners go on to quit, or reduce their smoking habit at the end of the course. These figures are similar to those achieved by a dedicated stop smoking service.

An award course in Alcohol Awareness is also offered, following a similar model and timeframe.

Service Description

Delivered by Safer Communities Tobacco Control, The BIIAB Level 1 Award in Smoking is an informative qualification aimed at those in their impressionable teenage years, giving young people the facts they need to make the decision that is best for their health with regards to smoking.
The qualification content helps learners to understand:

  • why people start smoking
  • what is in tobacco products
  • the short, medium and long term effects of smoking
  • the dangers of passive smoking
  • how to give up smoking and the benefits of stopping
  • the implications of the illegal trade in tobacco.

This is delivered over approximately four guided learning hours, with a multi-choice exam at the end, and is accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (600/2928/6) and is worth one credit.

This qualification is offered to those schools/colleges/educational establishments and Lincolnshire County Council departments where there is an identified group of vulnerable young people and is free of charge.

The qualification can be offered at a venue, or via Microsoft Teams.


Learner numbers for enrolment onto level 1 courses need to be agreed with Safer Communities Tobacco Control in advance to allow for costings. Award courses require approximately four guided learning hours including a 30 minute exam. Availability of staff is normally in line with Lincolnshire school term time and school hours. The award is available all year round, and can be delivered at venues or via Microsoft teams. The examination at the course end must be held at a venue under exam conditions however.

All requests will be responded to within 7 days.

  • available county wide
  • free of charge
  • flexible timescale for delivery (minimum four guided learning hours)
  • recognised accreditation at level 1

No charge

Contact and how to book

Daniel Lowbridge – Tobacco Control Officer (Young People)

Email: [email protected]

Mobile: 07768996080