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Teaching assistant courses

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Our teaching courses are designed for people just like you, who wish to understand the principles and practices of teaching but want to train through distance learning so they can study alongside life’s commitments.

As a classroom assistant, you can experience an enjoyable and rewarding role that will differ from day to day.

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What is a teaching assistant?

A teaching assistant provides important support to teachers in a school setting. They support the learning of children and pupils, often providing extra support to those who need it the most. Their roles and responsibilities vary but the job role is incredibly rewarding and a teaching assistant is an important job role.

Our teaching assistant courses can offer you all the teaching assistant training you’d receive in a college but through distance learning, meaning you can study from wherever.

There are many ways to get into teaching assistant roles, but studying a distance learning course with us means you will be able to study alongside your other commitments.

With a range of higher-level teaching assistant courses and qualifications we have on offer, you can progress your teaching assistant career to the next level.

CACHE courses

The majority of the courses we offer within the childcare and education sector are CACHE qualifications.

Who are CACHE?

The Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE) are the UK’s leading provider of vocational qualifications for those working within care and education. CACHE qualifications are recognised across the education and care industries and they are amongst the most well-known and respected

Our range of CACHE vocational qualifications is suitable for individuals involved in early years, education, childcare, and health and social care. All courses lead to a nationally recognised Ofqual regulated qualification and are accredited on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). CACHE work closely with employers and learners to ensure that students have a progression route whether it’s into further study, a career or university.

These qualifications have helped millions of people obtain the skills and knowledge they need to meet the professional standards required in the care, education and health industries.

Types of CACHE qualifications

Certain CACHE qualifications are available as either an award, certificate or diploma. These are known as nested qualifications. Nested qualifications allow learners to top up their previous studies in a subject to achieve the next qualification in the group. This allows learners to progress from the award to the certificate and then the diploma.

CACHE Alumni membership

Once you have enrolled on your CACHE course, you will have access to the CACHE Alumni Membership for two years. CACHE Alumni is a professional membership network for those who work in the care, health and education industries, providing valuable resources and advice for your studies when working towards/with a CACHE qualification.

TQUK courses

Training Qualifications UK (TQUK) are another awarding body that endorses a number of our childcare and education-related courses. TQUK are an Ofqual regulated awarding body. They
cover courses in first aid, health and safety, food safety, education and training.

TQUK courses are not official qualifications, but they are recognised by industry employers. Their courses are an ideal way to boost your knowledge in a specific subject and progress with your professional development. At the end of your TQUK course, you will receive a certificate of achievement to demonstrate that you have completed a course which has provided you with knowledge relevant to your career.

Frequently asked questions

Each role will have its own set of specific entry requirements and these will involve the qualifications you’ll need to be eligible for the role.

The most basic qualifications you will need to have are Literacy and Numeracy (maths or English) GCSE or equivalent e.g. Functional skills. As a teaching assistant, you’ll need to be confident in maths and English to be able to support pupils in their learning. You may also be required to sit a competency test.

You will also need at least one basic qualification related to or involving childcare.

Some TAs may be employed to help support the learning of a specific individual and solely work with that one pupil or support a class teacher with delivering lessons and learning activities.

Your role as a TA may include:

  • Listening to children read and recording their progress
  • Reading and writing activities with the class or small groups
  • Helping teachers set up lesson activities / tidying away
  • Creating and putting up displays
  • Supporting teachers to manage class behaviour
  • Supporting teacher in running a class smoothly
  • Ensuring each pupil is on task / can understand the work set
  • Organising learning activities with small groups of children
  • Supervising group activities
  • Breaktime and lunchtime supervision

Not all of our courses offer qualifications upon completion, some are knowledge-based courses. Carefully read each course page and look for the section called ‘course outcome’, there you will find out what you will get upon completion of the course – either a qualification or a certificate of achievement. If you have any doubts, please call our team of advisers for a chat.

No time at all. If you choose to study with us online you’ll get your log-ins within 24 hours. If you choose a study pack, with standard delivery your course pack will be with you within 10 working days, or with express delivery just 3-5 working days.

The short answer is yes! Our courses are designed for adults and ideal for learning whilst balancing life’s other commitments such as a job or childcare.

Our study packs contain all of your study materials in printed format which are posted out to you with an OSC pen, study guide, planner and notebook. If you’d prefer to study online you’ll receive access to our e-learning portal and your study materials will be housed electronically, which you can access on a computer, laptop or tablet.

Unlimited support from our expert tutors, a FREE XO Student Discounts membership, and a free CV review are just a handful of the many benefits we offer here at Open Study College. We also genuinely care about you and your future which is why we offer a range of recruitment support too, including free ‘how to become’ guides, an employability skills download and job hunting help. We want to help you achieve your goals in whichever way we can!

Looking to speak to an adviser?

We are delighted that you are considering joining us to study and take pleasure in welcoming you to our family.

Open Study College is one of the UK’s leading distance-learning colleges. We provide professionally-recognised teaching courses that enable you to study at your own pace, in your own environment either online or via printed materials sent to your home.

We understand that choosing a course is a big decision. That’s why we have a team of friendly, knowledgeable education specialists who can help you choose the right teaching qualifications for you.

Over the past 15 years, we’ve enrolled over 120,000 people on courses that have improved their education and their career prospects!

Our education specialists can answer any questions you may have, talk you through our finance options and get you enrolled over the telephone.

As a family-founded college, we think of our learners as extended members of our family. We’re all here to help you achieve your goals in life, whatever they may be.

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