Hi, I'm new to the forum but was advised to join by a friend who thought I might find an answer here. I started my PGCE last year but deferred a few days into my final placement. I really struggled with the whole course and don't know how I managed to get through my other block placement to be honest. I absolutely love working with children but I don't think I'm cut out for teaching and I would rather be a great TA (and have a work-life balance!) than be a mediocre teacher and be stressed all the time, which is less than what the children deserve. I've just restarted my final placement and have 11 weeks to go until I'm done. I really, really want to finish the course if I possibly can, but I'm aware that it might be too much for me (I've already noticed a significant dip in my mental health since having my placement start date confirmed and having been in a few days now). So my question is, if I do quit, can I work as a teaching assistant without that qualification, or would I need to do another TA-specific qualification? I have passed the PGCE element already so at this point it's whether I graduate with QTS or not. I've been working as a TA through a few agencies while my placement was deferred so I do have paid experience. That said though, I know you only get one go at a PGCE - so if I can't manage to finish it, is that me out of teaching forever? I think it's unlikely that I'd change my mind but if in a few years I did feel I wanted to teach, is there any way I could get into it?