Which course to start - Teaching Assistant

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I am currently working as a TA, unqualified, and would now like to gain some qualifications, my head teacher thinks to start at level 3, cache.  Which one, do I need to do level 3 certificate, award and diploma?  or just one of them?
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Julia Dearing

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emma.kingsmill

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I did the Cache Level 3 Award which is the basic level which I'm sure would be sufficient if you are already in a role, there is also Cache Level 3 Certificate and Diploma which are longer and where you gain more credits, hope that helps, the right courses to take are definitely a minefield :)


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Molly R

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I've just started the Cache level 3 award, I've been told this is a good start as it is CACHE, however the Level 3 award, certificate & diploma would be better as its a higher level. Stonebridge doesn't offer that qualifcation, but there is other online colleges that do:) 
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I did the level 3 diploma.  whatever you think will be best for you if you look at the course details for each Qualification and find out which is best good luck 
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Hi Julia, 

We would suggest the Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Certificate (QCF) Level 3 Course. A link to this is:

https://www.stonebridge.uk.com/course/supporting-teaching-and-learning-in-schools-certificate-qcf-level-3

Best regards, 

Stonebridge Colleges

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Margaret Ayre

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If you are already in a working placement then I would agree with all the above comments and go for the level 3 course.
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Julia Dearing

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Thank you all very much. Which is best recognised cache or qcf..gosh it really is a minefield
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Molly R

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I would say Cache I believe as it's a specific childcare awarding body compared to QCF or the NCFE..it depends what you want to do with the qualification once you have finished? Universities would prefer the QCF/NCFE over the CACHE as the CACHE is an Award, where as the QCF/NCFE is a Certificate:) 
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Both the NCF and CACHE offer nationally recognised QCF courses. Regarding Level 3 Certificates and Diplomas in the area of Teaching Assistant field, both of the QCF courses offered by Stonebridge College carry accreditation from NCFE. The Level 3 Award in the area of Teaching Assistant offered by Stonebridge College carries accreditation by CACHE. For more information regarding the differences, please contact us directly on 01288 356 300.
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I've recently started the NCFE diplome in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools. I've been working full-time as a TA in early years for 3 years, having got the job based on experience. Whilst I have never been pushed by school to get a TA qualification, I figured it was probably time I should, especially as I am currently doing quite a bit of 1-1 work with one of our children. I am ploughing my way through the first assignment (TDA 3.2) and hoping I'm on the right track with my answers. It's certainly strange going back to studying 20+ years after finishing uni!
Good luck with whichever course you choose x