Awarding Bodies in the UK

In order to have a teaching assistant course qualification recognised in the UK and be able to transfer credits between learning courses, educational institutions and occupations, the qualification must be accredited through one of qualification awarding bodies in the UK. These are regulated by the regulators – the Ofqual in England, DCELLS in Wales, CCEA in Northern Ireland and SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) in Scotland.

Who are Qualification Awarding Bodies in the UK?

More than 160 institutions in the UK have the power to award qualifications. In addition to institutions with degree awarding powers, there are also hundreds of colleges and other institutions which are not approved by the UK regulators. Only government regulated learning providers can provide teaching assistant course qualifcations which enable their learners to gain recognised qualifcations. These institutions are regulated by those who have the power to award qualifcations and even help with getting teaching jobs abroad and in the UK.

Teaching Assistant Course

Since the mid-2012, higher education qualifications (university degrees) can be awarded only by institutions who have a minimum of 1,000 full-time higher education students of which a minimum of 750 are degree seeking students, while at least 55% of all students attend higher education programmes. Higher education students who are enrolled in institutions that do not have degree awarding powers may still gain a recognised degree if the institution they are studying at is a listed body. In contrary to recognised bodies who have the power to award degrees, the awarding bodies provide courses that lead to a recognised qualifcation such as your teaching assistant course.

Full details of the Level 3 Award course can be found here:-

Full details of this course from NCFE CACHE can be found here:-

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