Is there another college you could apply to, e.g an adult college? They may have different criteria.
I have just started a level 2 course and need to be in a placement for a minimum of 6 hours, this is at an adult college.
When I applied at the main college, the criteria for a level 2 course was the same (6 hours voluntary or employed), but for the level 3 course it was 6 months experience or being actually employed as a TA.
Yes I know what you mean. But if a job comes up either at your volunteer school or your dcs school you will stand a decent chance of getting it because they know you already, even if you don't have any qualifications. Experience of working in a school is a massive advantage. Unless the job advert states that qualifications are an essential part of the person spec, I would apply for all jobs in any school that appeal to you. Can you tell that this is my specialist subject?
I forgot to say that I also read with yrs1, 2 and 4 weekly in my DC school.
I just think that in the current climate there is competition for each TA job so I might need to be more formally qualified I have looked at the jobs advertised in my local area and it does seem that way.
I think that if you have experience in a school either as a volunteer or in a paid capacity, you could still apply for TA jobs. It's not essential that you have any qualification. Most of the TAs I know don't have any formal qualifications.
I know there have been loads of posts on this before
Now that my youngest DC is in school full time I have thought about becoming a TA.
Last June when I first looked into it, the course I wanted to do at my local college required that you had a placement in a school for 6 months before able able to start the course, so I duly sent out my CV (as I wanted it separate from my DC school really) and was really pleased to get a placement in a reception class and started in September.
However I have contacted the college and now the criteria has changed and you now need to be employed by a school for 10 hours a week.This is not possible as I am a LP so need to be working full time.
So now I am thinking of doing an online course (NCFE). But I have read (looking at other threads on here) that they are worthless.
Is that because they don't need you to have a placement??
I am going to keep my placement until July, so will that make a difference?
Or are there any other online courses that are better?