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Teaching Assistant Qualification?

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by Ellie_st, Jul 13, 2020.

  1. Ellie_st

    Ellie_st New commenter

    Hi Everyone

    I am a newbie SEN teaching assistant - I have a degree in Biology so not related to teaching at all really, and no teaching qualifications. I have 1 year of experience working as an LSA for an Early Years special needs provision. I'm now relocating and applying for a similar role and have noticed some ads specify that a Level 2 Teaching Assistant qualification is necessary. I would prefer to do this online so that I can work at the same time.

    Can anyone recommend where to look for this sort of qualification, and is a "Level 2" qualification a general term which could be obtained from a number of different courses? Are there specific things I should be looking for when selecting a course? I'm pretty new to this so any advice you have around the topic at all would be appreciated!

    Thanks! :)
  2. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Hi Ellie, you will find that the majority of TA jobs will now ask for a Level 2 or 3 qualification - but don't let that stop you applying. There are still exceptions and with a degree and a year's experience, you may well be considered. I do always recommend people enquire at their local FE college for TA training courses; face-to-face hands on training is the best choice - but I know that's not always possible for everyone. I think you should be aiming for a Level 3 qualification; look for one that is CACHE accredited. I've been a HLTA for more than 10 years (and a TA for more than that time before achieving HLTA status); I have no personal experience of online courses but have heard good reports of Stonebridge College. Google them and have a look. Best of luck.
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  3. Ellie_st

    Ellie_st New commenter

    Hi @sunshineneeded,
    Sounds good, thanks for your advice. I've found an evening course near me so I may try that out.
    and thank you for replying to both of my posts! :)
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