Further Information

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.

Source (www.nextstep.direct.gov.uk)


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?

Yes, you will need to be working or volunteering in a school as you will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.  Once you have registered on the course we will happily provide you with a letter confirm the CACHE qualification you are studying towards, you may then use this to contact schools in your local area to support your application for a position on a paid or voluntary basis. A good idea is to usually approach a Headteacher of a local school or manager of a child care setting etc.

During your course you will need to be assessed in your workplace. The tasks you are required to complete under assessment will be clearly outlined in your course and will be easy to follow. The most common way of completing these assessments is to have a qualified teacher at the school you are working in carry out the required observations and write the report to meet the assessment requirements. This can then be uploaded to your e-portfolio so that your tutor can assess it for you. Alternatively you can contact the Stonebridge Colleges to discuss the possibility of having one of our qualified tutors come out and visit you (this may last up to 1 day and will incur extra charges – based upon location).


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.