Teaching Assistant Course Level 4 (HLTA)

These Higher Level 4 Teaching Assistant (HLTA) home study course study modules are linked to the professional standards for HLTA status which set out for teachers, employers and parents the contribution to pupils’ learning that HLTAs can be expected to make. This course will help students prepare for a HLTA position. 

These set out the expectations for planning, monitoring, managing and evaluating learning within the framework of guidance and supervision agreed with the assigned teacher and in accordance with arrangements made by the headteacher of the school.

There is a mixture of question types requiring a range of responses, including: descriptive answers or the completion of practical activities. If you are currently working with children, the activities may be used in support of your particular role. However, if you are not actively working with children at present, you will find that wherever possible the questions are structured to provide you with alternative means of answering them. You may find it profitable to approach the head of one of your local schools, to explain what you are doing and to see whether there are any opportunities for you to gain experience by helping out in the school on a purely voluntary basis.

Qualification: Teaching Assistant Award
Accredited: Yes
QCF Recognised: No, Equivalent level of learning at level 4
Awarding Body: Focus -FQP
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
Duration: Flexible - Approx 100 Hours - 12 Months Max Support
Credit Value: Not Applicable

Teaching Assistant Course Level 4 (HLTA)

Teaching Assistant Course Level 4 (HLTA)

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Course Fee: Starting at: £259.00

​​One of the biggest concerns for any potential student is the financial commitment involved. UK Open College recognise this and have implemented a pay as you study plan to assist students in spreading any fees involved with their course over a manageable period of time. Students are able to pay a deposit upon enrolment followed by a monthly repayment over a set period of time.

We would encourage students to view any related fees as an investment in their future. The majority of investments will provide a rewarding return over a set period of time. Once qualified and in employment students can expect a fantastic return on their investment year after year.

We offer all UK Based students guaranteed acceptance onto this scheme* upon completion of a signed student agreement. Shortly after paying your deposit our accounts department will contact you direct via telephone to gather the required information to complete the agreement. Once received we will forward a digital document via email for your signature. 

*Contact details, employment details and valid UK bank details with the ability to set up direct debit are required for all students applying for our pay as you study plan. If students are unable to provide this information any application may be declined. 

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Course Format

Understanding National Occupational Standards    
Supporting Child Development in School    
Supportive Roles    
Intellectual Development 
Four specific areas of EYFS
Factors affecting child development

Special Educational Needs    
The SEN Code of Practice 2001    
Special Needs Legislation 
Equality and Diversity and Inclusion    
Common Types of Special Education Needs

Signs of Dyslexia    
Types of Speech and Language Difficulties    
Signs of Speech and Language Difficulties    
Behavioural, Emotional, and Social Difficulties    
Signs of Behavioural, Emotional, and Social Difficulties    
Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Signs of ASD    
What is ADHD?    
Signs of ADHD    
Blindness and Visual Impairment    
Signs of Vision Disabilities    
Supporting Gifted and Talented Pupils    

Working with Small Groups or with the Whole Class Without the Presence of a Class Teacher    
The Importance of Self-Reflection    
Conflict Resolution    
Providing Effective Support for Colleagues    
Communicating With Children, Colleagues, Parents and  Carers 

Birth to 12 Months    
12 to 36 Months    
Three to Six Years Old    
Six to 12 Years Old    
12 to 18 Years Old    
Encouraging Expression of Feelings    
Infancy to Age Two    
Ages Two to Four Years Old    
Ages Four to Seven Years Old    
Ages Seven to Ten Years Old    
Ages 10 to 12 Years Old    
Ages 13 to 14 Years Old   

Confidentiality Procedures    
Professional Values and Ethics   

Supporting Teaching and Learning Through Play    
Using Games and Music to Enhance Communication    
Games to Develop Communication Skills 

Behaviour Issues    
Behaviour Legislation    
Behaviour Policy    
The Role of a HLTA in Managing Behaviour    
Behaviour Patterns and Causes of Challenging Behaviour    
Promoting Positive Behaviour  

Curriculum, Planning and Assessment    
Teaching and Learning Resources    

Supporting and Promoting Learning through ICT    
Components of ICT – Software    
ICT in the Curriculum    
Support for ICT Based Learning    
Common Types of ICT Supportive Software for ICT Based Learning    
Issues Surrounding ICT Use  

Personal Professional Development    
Teacher Training Agency

Students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

Be aged 16 Years or above
Possess a solid knowledge of the english language
Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
Basic computer skills: e.g Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
Have a genuine desire to succeed

Students do not require a placement to complete this course.

Focus Awards (FQP) - Level 4 Teaching Assistant Award

This course has been accredited through the Focus Awards “Focus on Quality Provision” (FQP) Scheme. The course content and depth of study required have been benchmarked against Level 3 on the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF).

Focus Awards is Regulated as an Awarding Organisation by Ofqual, the qualification regulators for England, Wales & Northern Ireland. FQP programmes are designed to give formal recognition to courses in a wide range of subjects that fall outside the QCF. They are not qualifications; on successful graduation from the course you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a Diploma from My Distance Learning College.

FQP courses are ideal for professionals required to demonstrate commitment to CPD (Continuous Professional Development), and for those wanting to gain specialist knowledge of a particular subject.

Receipt of Certification: Certification is awarded by Focus Awards and can take up to 12 weeks to be received after completion of your studies. All certification will be delivered to students direct at their home address. UK Open College have no control over delivery of certification awarded by the external awarding bodies. Any outstanding fees are payable before certification is issued. 

Course duration will vary dependant on student commitment, effort and ability. Overall guided learning hours are approx 100. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely.We would encourage students to serioulsy consider how they plan to complete their chosen course prior to enrolment. Students should think about how they are going to study, where they are going to study and how often. Be realistic!

Speak to family members and help them to understand what you are trying to acheive, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likey you are to get them on your side.

Students are reminded that the time in which they complete is purely down to them as an individual. Completion can be as quickly or as slowly as you wish within the 12 month tuition period. If you require additional time an extension may be available. Extensions are arranged at an additional cost as and when needed.




Students are able to complete their course purely online though our ilearn it easy student portal in PDF Format or choose to receive a hard copy of the course lessons via the post. If you choose to receive a hard copy please note you will also be required to upload any completed assignments via the student portal. We do not accept course assignments via post.

Students can expect to receive access to the student portal via email within 3 working days of enrolment being received. Please allow 5 working days for receipt of hard copy materials if selected. 

If you choose to enrol please select your preferred method at checkout. 

All students on this course will be registered to a personal tutor for 12 months who is contactable via email through our student portal. We also have a team of dedicated advisors to help and advise with any course related queries. The tutors role is to help and support students for the entire duration of their studies. Please remember our tutors are here to help. Never be embarrassed to ask for help.

This course is completed using continual assessment, allowing your tutor to closely monitor your progress every step of the way. Therefore no examination is required. Students will be required to submit a series of assignments throughout their course by uploading completed assignments to our student portal. You are able to view our ilearn it easy portal here

Students should understand that part of any study programme requires an element of research on their part. As technology moves forward at a rapid pace a visit to the local library is no longer the chosen method of accessing information. Students are also expected to use the internet for research purposes and can expect to be referred to various blogs and websites such as You Tube and Google amongst other specific websites relating to their chosen subject. Tutors will not give you the answers to complete your assignments.

All correspondence with your tutor can be viewed via the portal along with all feedback and comments on submitted assignments. Access this from anywhere in the world from any device connected to the internet. True flexibility

Students can expect to receive feedback on submitted assignments within 7 days. However we expect delays on this timescale  during holiday periods e.g Summer holidays July/August, bank holidays and xmas. We appreciate your patience during these periods.

In order to help students with the terms and conditions of their enrolment we have tried to keep things simple and easy to understand. No jargon or small print. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here. 

In our experience the main and most important part of these terms for our students is the cancellation & returns policy. So lets explain these clearly to avoid any misunderstanding. 

Firstly we would request that students check the course syllabus and content immediately upon receipt. This is vitally important. Please ensure that any qualification awarded at the end of your course meets your needs. If in doubt call us on 0121 288 0181 to check before you enrol.

If for any reason you wish to cancel and return your course to us for a refund you are welcome to do so as long as you notify us within 7 days of receipt at the delivery address. Please email accounts@ukopencollege.co.uk stating your name, address, invoice number requesting to cancel. We will then respond to you with further instruction. If you have received a hard copy of your course you will be required to return this at your own cost via courier/recorded delivery before a full refund will be issued. If you have paid a deposit and signed a student agreement you will be charged a £30 cancellation fee. This will be deducted from any deposit paid. 

All returns must remain unused and in resaleable condition. This complies with distance selling regulations 2000. All students are welcome to return their course to us for any reason as long as we have been notified within the 7 days as above. Unfortunately if notification to cancel is received outside of this period your request for a refund will be declined. This does not affect your statutory rights

Please call our accounts team direct on 01827 283735 if you have any questions regarding our cancellation and returns policy. It will only cost you a phone call 

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Date Added: 14/05/2014 by Carmel Holt
5 Out Of 5 Stars
Hello UK Open College and thank you for a nice study experience. I work in a school over here in Spa...
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Date Added: 19/08/2014 by Daniel May
5 Out Of 5 Stars
I found this course very useful in terms of advancing my studies, having been qualified as a Level 3...
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Date Added: 28/05/2014 by Hannah Towner
4 Out Of 5 Stars
Good stuff, Once i got started i managed to complete in just under 3 months. I did find it difficult...
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Date Added: 10/06/2014 by Sabrina Lewis
4 Out Of 5 Stars
I completed this course in six weeks. Due to currently being unemployed i wanted to put my spare tim...
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Date Added: 05/08/2014 by Summer Goodwin
4 Out Of 5 Stars
A nice friendly service so far. Cant wait to get started now. Thank you and best wishes
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Date Added: 23/06/2014 by Keeley Davies
3 Out Of 5 Stars
A good course but i wasnt happy i had to pay extra for a paper copy. I ordered the online version an...
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