Hi I have been doing a PGCE Primary (since September 2011) but decided to take an interruption in studies five weeks from completing final placement. I am currently waiting to find out the mark for my final assignment which providing I pass will give me a PGCE. Depending on this result I am considering taking the PGCE and not returning to repeat my final placement to gain QTS. I feel that, I would make a better teaching assistant than teacher. I started to struggle as a student teacher and had to start being honest with myself, could I really stand up in front of a class of children and be completely responsible for their education or would I be better being part of a valuable and important support team and use what I have learnt to become a very good TA rather than a weak teacher. I have decided being a TA is the way forward. I have registered with a Teaching Agency to gain supply work as a TA but also I was invited by my placement School to stay on voluntarily to do TA work. Basically I need to know would having a PGCE without QTS open up more opportunities for jobs as a Teaching Assistant? At present I have been told by the agency I am classed as unqualified. Please help I need a way forward. I really enjoy working with children and would like to remain in School. Prior to my PGCE I worked in Higher Education in Administration for 20 years so I am a career changer.