There are so many different types of Teaching Assistant Courses UK that it can be confusing to know which course is appropriate for you.
Although there is no set qualification for becoming a teaching assistant, in order to undertake such a role a teaching assistant qualification is usually necessary.
The study options available to you in becoming a teaching assistant can be divided into 2 categories:
- Work Based.
- Work Related
An NVQ is a work based vocational option and is available at levels 1, 2, 3 and 4/5. To complete your NVQ teaching assistant qualification, you will be required to gain relevant work experience either in a voluntary or paid capacity. This practical experience will likely be scheduled into your study calendar and be accompanied by time with a mentor – usually a teacher working in the field.
Similar to an NVQ, the BTEC teaching assistant course is another vocational option. Work based experience is not necessarily required. The BTEC teaching assistant qualification is available at levels 1, 2 and 3 and each level will require prerequisites such as GCSEs or a level 1 qualification.
Other options for Teaching Assistant Courses include diplomas and certificates and are classed as work related as they do not include classroom time in their study calendar.
Teaching assistant courses that offer diploma and certificate qualifications are more likely to be home study courses and distance learning courses which means you can study at your own pace and fit learning around your lifestyle. This makes Distance Learning an excellent option for people with other responsibilities and who wish to make a great career change whilst still working.
For Teaching Assistant Qualifications that do not include practical classroom time, it is advised that you accompany your studies with paid or voluntary work in a school like setting.
If you are concerned about whether the teaching assistant qualifications you have chosen to complete are suitable for the role, contact your local LEA.