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Recommendations / opinions please for distance learning

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by KatieC1234, Feb 2, 2019.

  1. KatieC1234

    KatieC1234 New commenter

    Hi there,

    I’m looking to start a TA level 3 certificate soon and would like any recommendations or opinions of online distance learning courses. I will find it difficult at the moment to attend a college course (even the evening classes) due to childcare and my husband’s work pattern. My local infant school have said they are happy to offer me a placement so now I’m just looking for the course to go with it. I’ve found some big threads on here asking the same but they are several years old so I wonder if anyone has any more recent experience of completing a level 3 course via distance learning and could advise? Many thanks
  2. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Hi KatieC1234, you will know if you've looked at old threads that I always try to put people off on-line courses. That's mainly because I've personally met a number of people who have spent large amount of money and ended up with 'qualifications' that were not recognised anywhere - not worth the paper they're written on. However, I do understand that attending college is not possible or practical for everyone, and you have a good start with the offer of a placement at your local school.
    Make sure that whichever course you go for is CACHE regulated. I have no personal experience of this at all, but have read some very good things about Stonebridge College - might be worth starting with a look at their website. Good luck!
  3. KatieC1234

    KatieC1234 New commenter

    Thanks, yes the Stonebridge course is one I’ve been looking at. I know it’s not ideal doing a distance learning course but I can’t really afford another day childcare for my youngest 2 and my husband works long hours so I’d struggle to get to an evening class in time. At least I can do the theory part of the course around the kids and save my child-free time for volunteering / placement which is what I’m most looking forward to anyway! This will be a career change for me from Physio to teaching (eventually once all the kids are at school) via TA for a few years (hopefully!).

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