Cache Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools (QCF)

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Ive received the course yesterday and im already struggling! Its very different to my last course but i do remember being a bit baffled at the start of my last course and then you start to get into the swing of things so i am hoping that will happen this time too!! Would be great to hear from anyone else doing this course...
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Lisa Umm Ayesha

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Hi All, I have also got this course, I received it back in October but due to ill health I have only just started to get back into it, the thing I find the hardest is trying to motivate myself, I love the fact that I can study from home, however, I find it easier to study when I have people I can talk to throughout the course!
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hi everyone.i have just started this course.its the level 3 cache without placement.but i am volunteering in a nursery 1 day a week.
i have wrote down a few notes for the very first question (1:1 why would you communicate and form a professional relationship with children,young people and adults) have read the section in the book I was sent and am getting most the info from that but I have come across a few students saying something about 'referencing'.
I just want to understand what this means?how i do it?have I got to get info from other places eg.internet,other books etc to get more or better marks? just need this explained and il be on my way.
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hi Emma Daniels, I did lots of this course based on knowledge I had already gained. stonebridge wanted referencing to see how u sourced information. a reference section at the end of each test with the full web address of each page used; book title, author and page number etc....
make sure u show use of the textbook provided. I had completed the course to distinction level by the time the book finally reached me but they said I needed to reference the book
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Hi, I received all my bits a while ago, and so far have found the studying interesting and fairly simple. I now am at the point where I am supposed to do a case study on 2 children. I have never written a case study before and would really appreciate any advice or guidance you have! Is it necessary to the course to do them, or can I just go straight on to the assessment questions?
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Is there anyone doing the level 3 CACHE TA course rather than the NCFE?
How are you finding it?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
CACHE level 3 TA course..
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I'm doing the cache level 3 TA course and have just passed assignment 3 - have to admit I didn't expect to learn so much about policies etc but it has taught me a lot so far and given me a lot more confidence in the school environment :)
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After doing a bit if research i have realised this course is not a full level 3. It is just 4 Modules of the full 11 you need for the full award. Do most of the people on here doing this course already work in a TA role and if so do you know if this is enough to gain employment? My local collage doesnt seem to think so, but i wanted to get an opinion from Working TA's.
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hi everyone.this is exactly what I didn't want to happen.i didn't want to come and start chatting then someone tell me the course is useless ) : so we are not going to get a certificate or award after all this??? I'm doing the level 3 cache without a placement but I do volunteer in a nursery. so is it all legit or not? I'm enjoying the course but i would really like a certificate after all this : /
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Sara Williams

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As far as understand it you do get a certificate at the end of this but might be worth asking on Facebook page too as there might be someone on there who has completed this course-I volunteer at a school and asked my head if she would accept this at interview and she said she would as long as there was plenty of practical and the candidate was right for the position
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Just thought I'd add to this-applied for my first TA position this month clearly stating I was doing this course, was amazed when I got an interview and today I got the job!!
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You will get a certificate but only for the 4 modules you will be doing it wont be a full level 3. There are 11 modules for the full level 3 to complete it you will have to do the other 7 modules somewhere else to be level 3 qualified hence the course being so cheap for level 3. The modules you are doing are lagit but its not enough.
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was this stated because I literally read every single bit of info inside and put? so you won't get a certificate then for a level 3 ta? what will the certificate say then? very dissapointed and certainly not cheap enough at £700!!
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No its not cheap but the full level 3 is £1800. You will get a certificate stating you have done the 4 modules of the level 3 certificate. My partner is a secondary school teacher and he has asked at his school today if a TA would be employed without all the full modules of there level 3 and he was told they wouldnt but that isnt to say some places wont but the majority wont if that is the only qualification you hold. Its does state on the description for the course that it is 4 modules, but what it doesnt say is that there are actualy 11 to the full level 3. Its slightly missleading.
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http://www.cache.org.uk/Qualification...
Think this cache page explains the difference better but you should still get a cert
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Emma Fritchley

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Yeah you will still get a cert but it will only state you have done 4 modules not a full award.
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Emma Daniels

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thanks for your help.do you have any idea where I can do the remaining modules? preferably long distance course?
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Sara Williams

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No I was just looking for the same :( let me know if you find any
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Sara Williams

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I've just emailed my local college to see what's possible and costs il let you know what they say
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As far as i know at the minute you can only do the remaining modules if you do the Level 3 course at a regular collage. From reading info from forums the majority of distance learning providers dont offer it. But it doesnt mean its not out there somewhere. Sorry for being the barer of bad news.
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ok I just found a home learning website called ncchomelearning and they do a level 3 supporting teachers diploma and its 7 modules.the awarding body is ncfe.would this be suitable or would I have to do the certificate first??
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Could be wrong but think cos this is different governing body that they don't work together , check on stonebridge site cos thought they did ncfe courses too
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Emma Fritchley

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NCFE is a different awarding body so its a totaly different qualification and althought its recognised its not widly accepted.
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so basically this course is a waste of time and money cus no one will employ you after you have done just 4 modules and il end up having to start all again on a full course which will cost more money and even then I don't understand which course to do??? so there's 11 modules and 7 assignments is that right? and modules 1-4 is an award then modules 5-11 are cert and diploma.
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From reading the cache site no I don't think it's a waste (hope not as I've nearly done it too) the way I understand it is each module is worth points and the award (the 4 modules) is worth 12 points and can be used towards the 32 required for the certificate but I think the other parts have to be done at a college rather than distance learning because you need to be assessed working with children
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Thats totaly correct. Its not a total waste because it can count towards your level 3 but to be employed widely you have to have the full award.
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I believe if you have done the level 2 course at college with all modules. you can you this level 3 course as a top up. quote me if I'm wrong.
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Emma Fritchley

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You still wouldnt be level 3 qualified.
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Emma Daniels

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okay so I've seen a few home courses online for the cert and diploma but it says 100 hour placement.does this seem right? aslong as its the cache one and not ncfe should this be okay to add it to this one? thanks for all the comments.understand it better now.
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If you go to your local collage website and just cross reference the names of the units that should help. Just make sure that all the units stated on the college level 3 course are present in the other cert and it is definately CACHE then you should be fine. Can i ask where you found the other courses? I might check them out. they could be what im looking for.
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well my local college doesn't do the course.they had to cut loads if courses due to lack of funding etc.they do nursery and childcare I think but I'm sure I could get the info you are saying off the Internet. so I've found the open college and the ncchomelearning and il prob find more later cus I'm on my phone and can't look properly.keep me posted if you find anything useful.
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this is a link to the course at a college with the info. A word of warning stay a way from uk open college there useless support wise.
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Hi guys, I was on this course, but now not for various reasons. I have been volunteering at a school since October (so about 3 months given the xmas break) and this week they offered me a near enough full time TA and LSA role, I have no qualifications but the fact they think I'm right for the school and that I've been reliable and consistent in my voluntary work (1 day a week for the last 3 months) they were happy to offer me a job. I've done some more delving into how they see these types of courses and they said they're always going to give any volunteers at the school the first opportunities of TA and LSA roles, if they have the right qualities regardless of if they're qualified. In the 3 months it takes you to do this course (minimum) you'd be just as well giving up a day or even a morning or afternoon a week at a local school voluntarily and the moment they have something come up, by law they have to advertise it out but they're more than likely going to give any paid opportunities to the volunteers first over a stranger coming in with one of these online/distant learning certificates. I'm not saying this course is a waste of time, as for someone who has never had any contact with children or experience in a child orientated environment then it's beneficial for the foundations and practices they'll expect you to work to in schools but if it's to be able to find employment opportunities, you'd be better to offer your time for free at a local school and show willing. I'm also not saying it'll be 3 months and you'll have something, that all depends on the funding of the schools and what money they have to spend but I would say if you certainly started offering your time now then they will highly consider you for either next term and most definitely, if you make yourself known now and prove you're reliable and consistent, they will always be looking for people to start in the new academic year in September. Many schools won't just take an online course certificate with no practical experience or voluntary work. I see some of you have said you volunteer in Nurseries, that's good only if you want to work in Nurseries, try and volunteer specific to the age range and/or subject you want to end up in. Also a note, secondary schools have a lot more need for LSA and TAs as they're vital years coming up to GCSEs where the need for extra support in core subject areas are greater.
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This is really helpful thanks. It sounds like you have been really lucky gaining employment from voluntary work. I know where i volunteer they employ TA's aswell as having volunteers because we are free help for them. Although once level 3 qualified i have been offered paid employment from them. But i am volunteering in a specialist school for children with ASD so maybe its a bit different.
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Excellent post Jenni, and congratulations on getting employed within 3 months of volunteering - that's a great acvhievement and proves exactly what you are saying - the person is more important that the certificates where teaching assistance is concerned. At the Primary School that I volunteer at, it tends (on average) to take around 12-18 months before a volunteer will manage to get some (usually part time) paid TA work.

But I have discussed the full CACHE modules / awards / cert situation with my HeadTeacher and her take on it was that; the fact is that NO qualifications are technically required to be a TA. Completing courses is just one way of demonstrating your commitment, skills and personal suitability for working with children in this role. Practical experience counts too (probably worth a lot more). My Heateacher has take on new TAs with no qualifications (but lots of volunteer experience), but for others (perhaps with less experience) has gotten reassurance from the fact that the individual is working towards a qualification.

This course is certainly not a waste, and you CAN be emplyed as a TA with this course - but clearly as it is only 4 of the full Cert modules, it is naturally less valuable that the full L3 Cert / Diploma.

What you absolutely need to do, is get into a school an start building a great working relationship with your head / deputy. That is how you will get employed; where teaching assistance is concerned, qualifications and certificates are there just to reinforce your personal suitability and to show some commitment to learning - but they don't replace your personal skills and aptitude, and if you are successfully demonstrating these on a volunteer basis, you have every chance of employment.
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Hi again.well feeling abit more positive and getting stuck in with it all.I sent my 1st assignment off last week and just had the news I have failed.I have to expand on qs 1,2,4,6,8 and 11 but I passed all the others ( :
so hows everyone else doing/ and does anyone know is there a limit on how many times you can re submit? thanks hope to hear from you all soon.
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hiya... don't be upset...try n u will pass... it happend to me too i fail on q1....n now im on my 7th unit...
Good luck
Virginia
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Hi Emma,

Don't be put off one bit by getting the fail on your first assignment submission. I did too, (on almost the same questions as you!) and it's just a case of learning to pick up exactly what the tutors are expecting from each answer. You don't fail an assignment because your thick or stupid, just because you didn;t quite cover everything they were looking for :o)

I took the feedback that I was given and focussed on it closely and then when I resubmitted the assignment I flew through a pass. I'm sure you will too.

The most important part is not to let it get you down or affect your confidence. Just home in on exactly what the question is looking for. If I may say, not all of the questions are worded too well (or they could be worded a lot better) so it's natural that not everyone will interpret them the same.

I am about to submit Assignment 2 of the course; I'm hoping for a first time pass this time, but if not, I know it will just require some refinement and I'll be there again. :)

Best of luck!
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good advise david.....i failed my 1st assignment too now i feel so sad they didn't send any book to me i dont know wot should i do i am so confused..........
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I am not very happy with this course have sent off my 1st assignment for second time and still waiting over a week thinking of looking for another course 11 assignment and if this is how long it takes I will never finish
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Have you called them Allison? I've had to ring them a couple of times and the first time they hadnt received it