ta specialist course placement misleading

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I privately bought the course was advised to set up a placement have done so and am 30 hours in iv completed assignment one im in the middle of the second one. I was under the impression by the description and the advisor I spoke to before paying for the course that it didn't matter when u did the placement in the course as long as u started before assignment 5, I was not aware that I had to be in the placement up until I finished the course which if it is done in ur own time at ur own pace is impossible as my personal circumstances don't allow me a great deal of time to do huge chunks of written work in one go. I'm paying £40 a day for my daughter to go to nursery while I do my 50 hours it states on the description so I can continue with the course, however I only arranged 50 hours placement with my school before I signed up for the course as advised. Now I am faced with the prospect of losing all that money and not having the qualification because I can't afford to keep my daughter in nursery for the amount of time that it will take me to complete the course and also it's not suitable with the school for me to be on placement for that length of time.

Im very upset and disappointed at this I feel very cheated iv gone over all the material I received and I can't find anywhere apart from on the journal papers that I need to be in placement until the end of the course as I didn't receive these until I played for the course how was I expected to know this? I would have arranged my placement later and possibly had to re think doing the course at this time. I'm also annoyed that the person I spoke to said hes never had a student discuss these matters with him and then I come on here and one of the first complaints I find is from 4 months ago by a student on private finance who is under very similar impressions as my self and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Anyone else experienced this? So so upset as I am thoroughly enjoying the placement but I cannot logistically and financially keep my placement until I finish this course.
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Rhiannon Holloman

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sharon

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I did not know this either I was told to do 80 hours in all at the placement but was told I can do it at my own pace, I think it's wrong to do this but I am in a different situation as I can't find a placement at the moment if I was you I would speak to your tutor and explain the situation and see what he/she says good luck
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i am also looking for a placement at the moment currently on unit 2 hope to start a placement in june up until july for when they break up for summer. hope thats enough for completing the assignments in 50 hours placement
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sharon

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I have to do 80 hours but no where is either full or not taking anyone on at the moment thankfully I have only just started cos I need a placement for unit 5 otherwise I will have to put it in hold until I find somewhere it's so frustrating
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Rhiannon Holloman

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Apparently iv been told u have to be in the placement when u are doing the assignments that require case studies and personal portfolios

I've spoken to a tutor today as I had a question on the journal forms and was told then that I needed to be in my placement until I finished the course and submitted my last assignment
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Hi I wasn't aware either that you need to stay in placement until all the units are completed. However with the practical side of things I suppose from unit 5 to unit 11 you would assume that you would need to be in school for these. When you say journal papers what do you mean? I can't find anything written down about this x
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sharon

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Oh right what course u doing? Think we might be doing something different but I am going to check with my tutor to make sure I have the right information, I hope you get it sorted it's their error not yours so they should allow you to finish when you thought you was going to
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Rhiannon Holloman

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Its on the placement attendance sheet. this is the only place I can see saying, the work needs to be submitted upon completion but I can't find anywhere that I needed to be in placement until the end. I was told to start before assignment 5 so I had the practical experience to complete the assignments in no way was I told that I had to be doing the placement at the time of writing and submitting the assignments just that the supervisor criteria be completed so I had the relevant experience
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Good afternoon Rhiannon, 

The 50 hours required for the courses is a minimum only – this does not mean that any student will be able to complete all of their placement work in 50 hours only. The portfolio work which must be completed from assignment 5 onwards will mean that a student should aim to have their placement until the conclusion of their course. This will also allow student to re-visit areas in which they did not meet the required standard first time.

Best regards.
Stonebridge Colleges
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Rhiannon Holloman

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None of that stated in the description of the course though nor was I told about it when I phoned up and asked for more details on the course which should have been relayed to me. Its very very misleading as u can tell by other replies students arent aware of this and are handing money over to u in false pretences because they haven't been given the full details. My school don't have the space for me to do more than this term with them as I have contacted them to explain the situation. So now im faced with the fact that I arranged a placement as I was told to before I purchased the course and yet im unable to finish the course because of your misrepresentation and im the one who is hundreds of pounds out of pocket and without the qualification that I wanted....
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Rhiannon Holloman

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My annoyance is at being given the wrong information, iv been in contact with the school and unfortunately they can't offer me more than this term. So if I can't do the assignments if im not at a placement at that time even if iv done the minimum requirements and can complete the Answers with my minimum 50 hours then Im still unable to finish the course in my own time
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linzi

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If you need any help I'm more than willing to help you speed along
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Is the 50 hours placement for this course just 50 hrs work experience or are there set tasks to achieve while it is being done. I'll be at a school in China while I am doing mine so foresee a few issues.
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The placement is minimum 50 hrs. I doesn't state that you have to do it continuous. It would be better for you to start at around assignment 5. What they ask for is observations showing you are capable of doing, for example health and safety, ability to practice inclusion and diversity etc. You won't qualify if you haven't proof if 50 hrs.
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Good morning Matthew, 

There will be tasks to complete while the course is being undertaken.

Best regards, 
Stonebridge Colleges
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I have just cometed assignments one and two however I have also read ahead and done something out of unit 5 at school which my mentor has signed off. You could lol ahead and see what practical things need to be done, do these during your remaining hours at school and get them signed off by your mentor. You will only be able to submit them once the others have been completed but hopefully this will enable you to do the practical issues whilst you are there and then once your placement has finished do and submit the units that are only theory based xx
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Hi does anyone know where you can do a placement? For example are we able to do this in a private nursery or just a school setting? thanks