Higher Level Teaching Assistant

  • Course Code: OSC561
  • Award Level 4, Similar difficulty to - NVQ Level 4

Become a higher level teaching assistant, from home!

There has been a rise in demand for Teaching Assistants in recent years, with higher qualified candidates being increasingly sought after to fulfil these roles.

Higher Level Teaching Assistants enjoy a rewarding and supportive career; flexible working hours; extensive holidays, and can progress to earnings of around £18,000 per year with experience.

This course is aimed at candidates wishing to become a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. It will enable you to:

  • Learn how to support child development in schools and evaluate learning activities.
  • Develop skills to create positive relationships between young people and staff.
  • Gain knowledge of how ICT, music and games assistant in learning and development.
  • Increase your awareness of correct behaviour management and learning how to promote positive behaviour.

All course materials will be delivered to you by post or via email, so it couldn't be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way by email.

There is up to one year to complete this course, so you can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be delivered by post or via email, so handing in an assignment is simple.

Boost your career opportunities and equip yourself with the skills you need for your long term success. Home learning is simple and stress-free, so enrol with us today!

Course Content

Unit 1: Supporting Child Development in School

  • Intellectual development
  • The importance of planning
  • Factors affecting child development
  • Confidentiality procedures

Unit 2: Developing Positive Relationships

  • Providing effective support for colleagues
  • Conflict resolution
  • Communicating with children
  • Encouraging expression of feelings

Unit 3: Supporting and Promoting Learning through ICT

  • ICT in the curriculum
  • Support for ICT based learning
  • The importance of self-reflection
  • Ensuring equality of access
  • Issues surrounding ICT use

Unit 4: Supporting Teaching and Learning through Play

  • Using games and music to enhance communication
  • Games to develop communication skills
  • Role play
  • Everyday activities
  • Encouraging learning through drama

Unit 5: Behaviour Issues

  • Legislation
  • The role of a HLTA in managing behaviour
  • Behaviour patterns
  • Causes of challenging behaviour
  • Promoting positive behaviour

Unit 6: Planning and Evaluating Learning Activities

  • Supporting independent learning
  • Teaching and learning resources
  • Evaluating learning activities
  • Supporting gifted and talented pupils


This course is assessed by a series of written assignments, which are submitted and then marked by your tutor. No external examination is required.

Course Duration

This course will take around 180 hours in total. You can start the course at any time and there is no time limit for completion, so you can study at your own pace.

Study Method

The course is designed for distance learning at work or at home. Students receive all course materials which include a study guide and written assignments, plus tutor support by email.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a level 4 NCFE Award certificate of achievement. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 4 on The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (where level 2 and 3 courses are similar in difficulty to GCSEs and A Levels, respectively, and where level 4 courses are slightly more challenging than an A-level).

The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 4 (using Ofqual's QCF level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by Open Study College which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to courses.

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. These are Ofqual (the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator in England); the Welsh Government and CCEA (the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment) in Northern Ireland.

Course Questions and Answers

Q: What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

Q: What is included in the cost of my course?

  • Student record bag
  • Pen
  • Mouse mat
  • Study guide
  • Comprehensive study notes
  • Personal tutor support
  • Assignment marking and feedback

Q: Are there any additional costs?

No, everything you need is included in the price!

Q: How do I get my work assessed?

Once we receive your work we will mark it and return it to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your Higher Level Teaching Assistant Level 4 certification.

Q: What do I do if I still have questions?

For further information please contact us

Reviews for this course

"Tutor support is no doubt the best aspect of learning with the open study college"
Mohammed Ahad, West Midlands.

The study materials are very basic and just tend to outline key concepts, however, whats actually required for the completion of the assessments are further independant reading and extensive research.

Tutor support, in terms of answering queries is no doubt the best aspect of learning with the open study college. I am getting used to the process and would consider enrolling for more courses upon completion of this one.

"I enjoy this course"
Joumana Mohamad, Glasgow

I am doing the assessment of unit one, I enjoy this course in general even when sometimes I struggle in understanding the questions.

The teacher support is good she is really helpful.

"I am really enjoying my course"
Bushra Mahroof, Batley

I am really enjoying my course and my tutor is helping me out when needed. The course has all the topics that I wanted to do and I am really enjoying my it. 

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