Victoria, you can opt for classroom based courses or online, but online tends to steer towards the Award, which doesn’t require a work placement. If you are looking to do a Certificate or Diploma online, it’s more than likely you will need to find the work placement on your own. Check with as many different course providers as possible. I have to be honest, most LEAs will want experience, so the Certificate or Diploma is more attractive. Classroom attendance is usually down to the student’s learning preference. I prefer learning with others, but a home study course would be best suited to me as I can’t fit college attendance within my work schedule.