1Course Overview

Higher Level Teaching Assistant Certificate Level 4 RQF

Course code: NC001

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Do you want to progress your school support career?

Gain Higher Level Teaching Assistant status with a nationally recognised level 4 qualification from the comfort of your own home!

This qualification is aimed at school support staff currently employed as Teaching Assistants who want to progress into a Higher Level Teaching Assistant role.

This course will:

  • Develop your knowledge, understanding and skills, allowing you to address the challenges you face in the workplace
  • Enhance your understanding and knowledge in order to support individuals, small groups, and individuals with a variety of additional needs
  • Increase your level of responsibility in the classroom by providing assistance in planning lessons, producing support materials and managing other support staff
  • Allow you to work closely with teachers to raise standards and help each student reach their full potential
  • Increase your earning potential on completion of the course

Higher Level Teaching Assistants enjoy a good salary, great holidays and a very rewarding career… so what are you waiting for? Enrol with us today to progress in your career and improve your earning potential! 

Qualification Title: TQUK Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF)

Qualification Number: 603/1432/1

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2Course Content

Course Content

Unit 1 - Understand the Higher Level Teaching Assistant role

Unit 2 - Child development and welfare

Unit 3 - Awareness of special educational needs

Unit 4 - Promoting children and young people’s positive behaviour

Unit 5 - Providing support for individual learners and small groups

Unit 6 - Developing skills to promote positive working relationships

Unit 7 - Curriculum planning, delivery and assessment

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Your knowledge and skills will be assessed through a mix of questions and activities. This will include descriptive answers and the completion of practical activities.

You will be expected to demonstrate competence and be able to reflect on your practice. Given that you will be currently working with children, the activities required for completion may be used in support of your specific job role.

Course Duration

This course will take approximately 360 hours to complete. You can start at any time and have one year to complete the course, giving you the flexibility to work at your own pace.

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 to you. 

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by Training Qualifications UK (TQUK). The Qualification title is TQUK Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF) and Registered Qualification number is 603/1432/1

TQUK are fully approved as an awarding organisation by Ofqual and award QCF courses in a number of sectors. QCF courses have various credits values which can be applied to the National Credit Transfer System. TQUK accredit courses which are developed by industry experts and work hand in hand with organisations ensuring the calibre and worth of courses provided.


Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol on this course?

There are no specific requirements to undertake this qualification, however, it is recommended that you have a level 2 qualification in Maths and English - Open Study College can assist with this if required. 

We also recommend that students should complete the Level 3 Teaching Assistant course before enrolling onto this Level 4 course, however this is not essential. Before you can complete this qualification, you must be working as a teaching assistant or be able to obtain voluntary or paid work experience in a school, as the role of an HLTA is to significantly improve the classroom and have impact on pupil progress. The time spent in the school should be a minimum of 50 hours.

Please note: This can be in either a primary, secondary or a special school setting. However, you MUST ensure that the pupils you work with are aged 5+ and are studying at Key Stage 1 or above. You will also need the support of a mentor from within the school who will confirm your competence and provide testimony of your abilities against the qualification standards.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. It is truly flexible and is designed to fit around your lifestyle and other commitments.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Open Study College pen and highlighter*
  • Student study planner*
  • Student notebook*
  • Document wallet*

* Not available with the online course option

How do I get my work assessed?

You will send your work to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your Teaching Assistant Level 4 certification.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.


The tutor support is efficient

So far, compared to other distant learning courses I have done, this seems very straightforward and the tutor support is efficient. I am enjoying learning and can't wait to complete it.

- Sarah Bell

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For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
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Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

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