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!

  • 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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are encouraging learners to select online study as the delivery of study packs is likely to be delayed. For those students who still wish to select study pack, we are providing free e-learning access, where available, to avoid any interruption of study. These students will receive access to our e-learning platform within 24 hours, and their study pack will follow in due course. Students who wish to study online only, are unaffected and will receive their e-learning access within 24 hours.

Course Overview

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

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!

Course Duration

Up to 1 year.

Study Hours

Approximately 360 hours.

Course Outcome

You will be able to become a HLTA with more management responsibility.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


This course is assessed through both marked assessments and the completion of 50 hours work experience.

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The qualification is assessed by internally set and marked assessments subject to external quality assurance and must include confirmation of workplace competence.
Learners must complete a minimum of 50 hours work placement in a relevant role as part of the achievement of the qualification.

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

Awarding body

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.


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.

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.

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE TOTUM card (formerly NUS)
  • Comprehensive study guide*
  • Open Study College pen and highlighter*
  • Student study planner*
  • Student notebook*
  • Document wallet*

*Not available with the online course option

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 Higher Level Teaching Assistant Level 4 certification.

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.

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 Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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If you are interested in and you’re looking for a more flexible approach to learning that fits around your life - this is the ideal course for you. Enrol online today by clicking below or speak to one of our advisers for more information.

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