Going back to school with NCC home learning

I like to keep my brain busy, and as such, I’m always looking for new challenges to take on.

As a busy mum of 3, going back into education was always going to be tricky. Even with the kids tucked up in bed, night classes are a no-no as I’m still breastfeeding my baby, and she’s well and truly in the middle of the dreaded Separation Anxiety stage of her development.

So, I figured my best bet would be to check out some snazzy online courses, where I can study at my own pace, in my pyjamas, in front of the fire, kid firmly attached to my breast (if you must know). NCC Home Learning are a trusted and reliable online course portal,and they caught my eye with their Teaching Assistant course. I immediately began to wonder how completing this course might help me understand more my own children’s development, and later, how it might shape my future career prospects.

The course is a complete Level 3 Diploma, accredited by ABC Awards. ABC Awards are a leading National Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government for their qualifications on the national framework i.e. the Qualifications and Curriculum Framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. So I could relax straight into the course knowing that all of my hard work will pay off with a useful bit of paper at the end of it (and a really nice job!)

Becoming a Teaching Assistant would give me the hours I need to still be mum, homemaker and wife whilst getting back into a working mind-set, something that I am itching to do as my babies are all getting older.

The course is super easy to follow. The whole course is completed online, with no need to download any huge files or print off a million sheets of A4 paper. I only started the course 4 days ago, and I have had a good look through the modules. The course (so far from what I have seen) seems very in depth, with 5 mandatory modules:

  • Module 1: Provide Support for Learning Activities
  • Module 2: Support Children’s Development
  • Module 3: Help to Keep Children Safe
  • Module 4: Contribute to Positive Relationships
  • Module 5: Provide Effective Support for your Colleagues

And 2 optional units (just choose 2 to complete):

  • Module 6: Use Information and Communication Technology to Support Pupil’s Learning
  • Module 7: Support a Child with Disabilities or Special Educational Needs
  • Module 8: Support Children and Young People’s Play
  • Module 9: Provide Displays

I have decided to go for Module 7 and Module 8. I live a short walk from no less than 9 (!) schools, two of which  are coeducational schools for children with complex educational needs, so getting work in a school in my hometown would be superb!

When you have signed up for your chosen course, you are given an easy-to-use account, where all of your modules are clearly displayed for you to work though. It’s easy to spot if you accidently miss out a page of the course, because it will be highlighted in black (rather than grey for completed pages), so you can simply pop back a few pages and finish what you need to.

No prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this Teaching Assistant course. You have the freedom to start the Teaching Assistant course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration, with full tutor support, that can help you out with any questions you may have during the course. If you need your tutor at any point, just click the ‘Leave a Message’ tab that is always found at the bottom of your screen and type a quick message. Your tutor will get back to you swiftly.

Like I said, it’s still early days for me and the Teaching Assistant course, so I can’t wait to get back to you after I have completed the course with a full in-depth review and to of course, let you know how I got on. Hopefully I shall have a nice certificate to hang up on my wall too.

If becoming a teaching assistant doesn’t take your fancy there are many other superb courses available through NCC Home Learning such as; accountancy; child minding; photography; psychology; beautician; to name just a few of the hundreds of courses that they offer. The courses are accredited by various awarding bodies such as NCFE, ICB, SAGE and Ascentis.

The Teaching Assistant course is currently available for £255 and you can even pay in instalments if this makes it easier for you. They also offer a price match guarantee, so if you find the same course anywhere else cheaper they will match it!

** This NCC course has been provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review of the course**

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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