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Higher Level Teaching Assistant Level 4 RQF

Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF) Course

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This course will take roughly 240 hours to complete.

A Distance Learning Course is the ideal way to gain the confidence required within a certain subject without having the worry of trying to fit your studies around your everyday life.  You can complete your studies in your own time and we are on hand seven days a week to help you plan your future.

Course Description

If you want to develop your knowledge of becoming a Higher Level Teaching Assistant so that you can embark on a rewarding career or you are already working in a related field and want to improve your career prospects, then this is the course for you.

The Distance Learning Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) course study modules are based around the professional standards for HLTA status which set out for teachers, employers and parents the contribution to pupils’ learning that HLTAs are expected to make.  The course has been written alongside the 33 TDA standards and will provide you with the underpinning knowledge to progress in this field on gaining the relevant experience for HLTA status.

This course is aimed at candidates wishing to become a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. 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. Should you require further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss.

This Level 4 Higher Level Teaching Assistant course will lead to a regulated qualification approved by Ofqual demonstrating to employers that you have the necessary skills as a HLTA.

Qualification number: 603/1432/1
Total credits: 36

What can you do with Higher Level Teaching Assistant Level 4

Most teaching assistant and higher level teaching assistant jobs are in nursery, primary and specialist schools. You could also work in secondary or independent schools and academies.

Your day-to-day dutues could include:-

  • getting the classroom ready for lessons and clearing away afterwards
  • listening to children read or reading to them
  • helping children who need extra support
  • helping teachers prepare materials that match development needs
  • supervising group activities, including outings and sports events
  • helping teachers manage class behaviour
  • looking after children who are upset or unwell
  • leading classes with help from the teacher

With experience, you could become a senior assistant or Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA).

You could also train as a teacher.

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For the Higher Level Teaching Assistant Level 4 course you will cover the following 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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Teaching and learning resources
Evaluating learning activities
Supporting gifted and talented pupils

Previous Knowledge Required

You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this home study course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course, although you would be expected to have a Level 2 Certificate (or equivalent) at least in English and Maths. Please note that we can assist with this if required.

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.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor.


You will have dedicated Tutor Support for 12 months. All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course. You must have access to email in order to contact your Tutor.

You will be provided with the telephone number for your dedicated Student Support Team who will be available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.


You will be assessed on your knowledge and skills through a mix of questions and activities which will require a range of responses. 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.

The course will be delivered and assessed by NCC.

Awarding Organisation

TQUK - Training Qualifications UK is an award winning and the fastest growing, Ofqual regulated Awarding Organisation across the UK.

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

The course itself has been designed by NCC to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements and Learn Now Distance Learning College are working as a reseller for NCC .

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