Hi I am looking for a course to get me in to being a teaching assistant. I do not have a school placement as my current job is full-time and I have asked to vary my hours to volunteer at school, but been refused. So for the moment I am looking at courses which do not require a placement. The problem I am having is that there are so many around, and most of them don't seem to have a qualification type that I recognise, which makes me worry that schools wont accept them. I don't want to waste time and money doing a useless course. My other choice would be the new QCF award which does not need a placement, but seems to be a very short course and so might not count for much. Can anyone advise whether any of these courses are worth it?