NCFE CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges

Course code: OSC1399
Official CACHE higher level teaching assistant (HLTA) qualification

Take the next step in becoming a higher level teaching assistant / advanced practitioner with this CACHE qualification...

  • Become a higher level teaching assistant with this CACHE qualification
  • Suitable for those already established as a teaching assistant
  • Complete qualification through work based learning oppurtunities
  • Leadership skills to mentor others across all roles and responsibilities in the school or college workforce
Course overview

Get a recognised qualification and become a higher level teaching assistant (hlta)!

This course is the next step of learning for an established teaching assistant. This Level 4 qualification is the only Level 4 course CACHE provide in this sector and is the next step on from the L3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning.

This Level 4 qualification aims to provide professional development opportunities for practitioners working in schools and colleges. This qualification will embrace the wealth of experience, proven knowledge and skills of the learner in a teaching and learning environment. It will challenge the learner in both daily practice and theoretical understanding.

Learners will acquire and use skills of leadership, mentoring, coaching and reflection as they complete the qualification through work-based learning opportunities.

Upon achievement of this qualification, the learner will be equipped as an Advanced Practitioner. The Advanced Practitioner will use crucial leadership skills to mentor others across all roles and responsibilities in the school or college workforce.

This qualification is supported by the following organisations:

  • National Association for Primary Education NAPE
  • The Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT)
  • The Teaching Assistant College

Course Duration

Up to 1 year.

Study Hours

Approximately 205 study hours.

Course Outcome

You will be qualified as a higher level teaching assistant / advanced practitioner.

Entry Requirements

It is essential that you are working in a Level 3 teaching assistant role in a school or college with a suitably qualified teacher (qualified teacher status) who can act as your workplace assessor to observe you, comment on your skills and write a report to meet the assessment requirements.

Assessment

Mix of written assignments, observations, professional discussions.

Course content

Qualification code 603/2474/0. Worth up to 21 credits.

  • The roles and responsibilities of the Advanced Practitioner
  • The statutory educational frameworks
  • The influence of the environment on learning in schools and colleges
  • Monitoring and assessment in the school or college environment
  • Mental health and wellbeing in children and young people
  • The current legislation in relation to children and young people’s mental health
  • How to support mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in schools and colleges
  • Current frameworks for inclusive practice
  • Provision related to children, young people and/or adults’ additional needs
  • The role and responsibilities of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)
  • Factors which affect families who are caring for children, young people and/or adults with special educational needs or disabilities
  • Policies and procedures to support children, young people and/or adults with special educational needs or disabilities
  • Requirements for partnership working in schools or colleges
  • The diverse needs of families
  • Leading, coaching, or mentoring staff in own setting in relation to partnership working
  • Planning a research project
  • Undertaking a review of practice in your setting
  • How to present findings to others
Extra info

Course requirements

It is essential that you are working in a Level 3 teaching assistant role in a school or college with a suitably qualified teacher (qualified teacher status) who can act as your workplace assessor to observe you, comment on your skills and write a report to meet the assessment requirements.

Previous Level 3 study is a clear advantage but having a wealth of experience, knowledge and understanding working in schools or colleges is a requirement for this qualification.

Course duration

Once enrolled, you have up to 1 year to complete your studies, during the is time you have full tutor support. The course will take approximately 205 hours to complete but you can complete it in as much or as little time as required.

Study method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted or emailed to you online, whichever you choose. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only a click away.

Assessment

All units are internally assessed. Assessment enables your workplace practice to provide evidence for individual units as well as the whole qualification. This course requires an assessment of your practical skills within your working environment. It is essential that you are working in a Level 3 teaching assistant role in a school or college with a suitably qualified teacher (qualified teacher status) who can act as your workplace assessor to observe you, comment on your skills and write a report to meet the assessment requirements. This direct observation will be used as evidence towards your qualification. Methods of assessment could include:

  • Direct observation of practice
  • Witness evidence when directed by the sector skills assessment strategy
  • Professional discussion
  • Reflection on own practice in real work situations
  • Written assignments

Students will be required to be working in a school or college environment to enable them to provide the evidence required to complete the qualification.

Course outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive your NCFE CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges. You will be fully qualified as a higher level teaching assistant (HLTA).

Awarding body

CACHE (the Council of Awards in Care, Health and Education) are the UK’s leading awarding organisation for the childcare and social care sectors and are part of the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) which ensures the highest-level quality courses and industry recognised qualifications.
Once you have enrolled on your CACHE course, you will be entitled to access the CACHE Alumni Membership for 2 years. CACHE Alumni is a Professional Membership Network for those who work in the CACHE industries, providing valuable resources and advice for professional studying towards a CACHE qualification.

Progression

Upon achievement of this qualification, learners will be equipped as an Advanced Practitioner. The Advanced Practitioner will use crucial leadership skills to mentor others across all roles and responsibilities in the school or college workforce.

Students may progress within the workforce in the following job roles and responsibilities:

  • Higher Level Practitioner/Teaching assistant.
  • Internal progression at a higher level, including those with management responsibilities.
  • Leadership, mentoring, supervision and management opportunities.

Q&As

It is essential that you are working in a Level 3 teaching assistant role in a school or college with a suitably qualified teacher (qualified teacher status) who can act as your workplace assessor to observe you, comment on your skills and write a report to meet the assessment requirements.

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card
  • * Comprehensive study guide
  • * Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • * Student study planner
  • * Student notebook
  • * Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

No, everything you need is included in the cost.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

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