We know how confusing it is to choose a Teaching Assistant course so let’s run through the different options and explain how everything works.
The first thing to consider; is your course an official government qualification? Only government qualifications are recognised by schools so it’s important to get this right. Your course will need to be regulated by the government examinations department OFQUAL and be accredited by an awarding body such as NCFE CACHE. If a course is not regulated by the OFQUAL it won’t be recognised. You can check the OFQUAL website and verify qualifications here.
You’ll be eligible to order your NUS Totum student discount card when you enrol on one of our courses.
From start to finish, our approachable tutors will be on hand to help you with your course.
To work as a government Teaching Assistant you will need to choose a government regulated RQF course like ours. There are two types of RQF course you can choose, depending if you’re working in a school or not working in a school.
If you don’t yet work in a school then you can enrol on an Award course as the Award courses doen’t have any work-placement assessments and are assessed entirely by essay style assignments.
If you’re working or volunteering in a school (with children between the ages of 5-16 years of age) you can choose the Certificate or Diploma course. Both these courses have assessments in the classroom as part of their syllabus.
Schools and colleges only recognise government RQF qualifications which means you need to make sure your course is fully government regulated by OFQUAL (OFQUAL is the government examinations department). All of our courses are RQF & OFQUAL regulated and provide you with exactly the same qualifcation you get from a local college.
Teaching Assistant Award courses are designed for people that don’t currently work in a school or college, and Certificate courses are for those who are already volunteering or working in a school.
All of our courses are delivered online or paper based, you can enrol today and start working towards your Teaching Assistant qualification straightaway. If you prefer paper-based study over online learning, you get the option to receive the printed version of the course.
Throughout your course and as you work towards your Teaching Assistant qualification you’ll have one of our expert tutors on hand to support you. All of our tutors have a wealth of experience in helping students achieve their goals and they’ll provide you with constructive feedback on your progress and help you prepare for your assignments.
All of our Teaching Assistant courses can be paid for in four monthly interest-free instalments, giving you the flexibility to spread the cost of your course. INSTANT FINANCE – NO CREDIT CHECK REQUIRED.
Excellent service from Chris and de montfort college, I’ve been continuously offered support and help throughout..very pleased!
Found my tutor exceptional in terms of friendliness, professionalism and willingness to offer help and assistance.Staff should be praised, thank you
I just started working in my dream job and couldn’t have got here without all the help I got so just want to say thanks to all. Take care, you know who you are 🙂 Naz x
So far their courses have proved to be good quality and in particular, the support I have got is easy to use. The reason I chose this course was for the telephone support which I couldn’t find anywhere else.
Schools and colleges only recognise RQF qualifications from the government examinations department OFQUAL, so it’s important that you enrol on a course that provides you with one. The RQF framework has replaced the old NVQ qualifications as the official government qualifications for teaching assistants.
No, if you aren’t yet working in a school, you can enrol on one of our Award courses, which will still give you a Level 2 or 3 qualification at the end. If you are working in a school or college, you can enrol on our certificate courses, which include practical assignments you can complete at work.
RQF qualifications came into force in 2018 as a simpler way to manage qualifications regulated by Ofqual. Qualifications are scored using a credit system with harder and longer qualifications receiving more credits.
At De Montfort we currently have five different teaching assistant qualifications to choose from:
The only universal entry requirement for our courses is that you are over 16 years of age. You don’t need to be working in a school or college to enrol. Regardless of your previous education or experience, you can enrol on any of our courses and study for your teaching assistant qualification.
To become a qualified teaching assistant you need to complete an OFQUAL regulated course that’s on the RQF framework. All of De Montfort’s courses are on the RQF framework, OFQUAL regulated and fully accredited by NCFE CACHE.
The best place to start is by enrolling on our Level 2 Teaching Assistant Award course which will give you the foundation knowledge needed to work in a school. You don’t need to be volunteering or working in a school to enrol on our Award courses so they are the perfect place to start.
Our courses take between 6-12 months to complete, although they can be finished sooner if you study hard.