Frequently asked questions
What is the role of a Teaching Assistant?
As a teaching assistant you would support teachers with their everyday work in the classroom, so that they can concentrate on teaching. You could have another job title such as classroom assistant or learning support assistant.
Your exact duties would vary depending on the school and the age of the children, but would typically include:
In some schools you could have a specialism, such as literacy, numeracy, Special Educational Needs or music. Bilingual teaching assistants are often employed in schools with a lot of children whose first language is not English.
Who is your awarding body for this course?
CACHE is the UK's only specialist awarding organisation for the children and adult care sectors, with a portfolio of qualifications ranging from Entry to Level 5. Last year, over 150,000 learners registered with CACHE from over 1000 UK based Centres and overseas.
CACHE is an internationally recognised, specialist Awarding Organisation in the fields of Early Years, Care and Education, and Playwork. An Awarding Organisation is officially recognised and designated by the regulatory authorities to award qualifications in particular subject areas.
CACHE designs courses and qualifications in the care and education of children and young people. CACHE are the UK's only specialist Awarding Organisation to do this. CACHE's courses range from entry level to advanced qualifications for sector professionals.
CACHE continue to develop the most up to date and relevant qualifications for the new QCF and work closely with Sector Skills Councils to ensure the highest level of quality and a cutting-edge service to their customers, our learners, and the sector.
What is the average salary of a Teaching Assistant?
Salaries for full-time teaching assistants can be from around £12,000 to over £17,000 a year.
How is the course delivered?
Once you have registered will receive access to our online learning area where you can access all of the course materials. The entire course is broken down into the individual units and you will be required to pass each unit to pass the course. Our multi-sensory motivational learning programme covers all areas of knowledge and skills: learning tutorials, reading text, powerpoint presentations, multimedia activities, filmed best practice examples, extended learning opportunities and assessment tasks.
Will I be required to be in a placement in order to complete this course?
No, as this is a knowledge based qualification it is appropriate for you not to be volunteering or working in a school. Obviously if you already are, then you will be able to put your learning into practice, however for this course it is not a requirement for you to be working within a school, thus the entire course can be completed from the comfort of your own home.
Can I study this course form outside of the UK?
Yes, CACHE qualifications are fully recognised by all schools in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, what’s more CACHE qualifications are suitable for all teaching assistants who are supporting the British curriculum anywhere in the World.