I'm not sure if this is the correct thread to post this on - apologies if not.
Next year I am returning to university to do a Masters degree, not to propel my career, just it's something I've wanted to do for years and that I'm passionate about.
I have a very very very small amount of TA experience, from when I did work experience at a primary school while I was at school myself. I have also worked as a mentor on summer schools while I was at university.
However, I am clueless on how TA-ing works nowadays - do I need a qualification or similar? Or would I be able to be a TA while completing my masters, which will be two teaching days per week.
Workload-wise, it'll be fine. However, you'll have to find a school that is OK with you working part-time. You do need clearance but the school will sort that out. Schools vary as to qualifications needed. Some will look for literacy, numeracy, flexibility and rapport with children, others may demand a formal TA qualification. Just apply to a lot of schools.
For essays and dissertation, you will almost certainly need access to a library - as in, you may need to spend the occasional full day in a library - not all articles will be on-line and you'll need to wander around the stacks/trawl the catalogue to read around the subject beyond your booklist - but you can use weekends for that.
I'm assuming you're thinking of working as a TA for supplementary money during your course? Will it pay enough?
I know someone who has just finished her masters while working as a TA. It's a large secondary with an SEN inclusion unit, and there are several part time TAs and LSAs. I don't know if this is as common in smaller schools - AFAIK all the TAs in DD's primary are full time.
All the TAs in my secondary school are full time most have degrees in their subject or are ex teachers themselves. I think Primary TAs are expected to have Level 3 in Child development type courses.
Being a TA is a very sought after job due to the school hours I dont think you are going to find it easy to walk into that role without much prior experience.
You might find a cover supervisor or invigilator work in local high schools and colleges easier to come by or if you only need to supplement your savings supermarkets workers are flexible and might suit you better if its flexibility that you need picking up extra shifts as and when youneed them.
The general requirements for TA’s are a BTEC Level 2 or equivalent and A-C in GCSE Maths & English. Not all schools insist on the Level 2 so you may be fine in that sense. The only struggle I think you’d have is to find 2 days a week, most are 4 or 5 days and full school days.
I think singleandproud's advice about supermarket work is good. A few years back I had a 12 hour a week contract (two evening 6 hour shifts) and I earned about £300 a month- probably similar to a part time TA and the possibility of overtime which probably wouldn't happen in a school.