Teaching Assistant Course Level 4 (HLTA)

This Higher Level 4 Teaching Assistant (HLTA) home study course is 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 distance learning 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.

Endorsed: Yes
QCF Recognised: No, Equivalent level of learning at level 4
Awarding Body: TQUK - Training Qualifications UK - Endorsed
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
Duration: Flexible - Approx 240 Hours - 12 Months Max Support
Credit Value: Not Applicable

5 Modules to complete as below - New & Updated for 2015

Teaching Assistant Course Level 4 (HLTA)

Teaching Assistant Course Level 4 (HLTA)

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Course Fee: Starting at: £359.00

​​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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By the end of this module you will understand and be able to provide evidence to confirm your practice relating to 

Standard 2: Establish fair, respectful, trusting, supportive and constructive relationships with children & young people
Standard 3: Demonstrate the positive values, attitudes and behaviour they expect from children & young people
Standard 4: Communicate effectively and sensitively with children, young people, colleagues, parents and carers
Standard 6: Demonstrate a commitment to collaborative and cooperative working with colleagues
Standard 33: Directing the work, where relevant, of other adults in supporting learning

Standard 13: Know how statutory and non statutory frameworks for the school curriculum relate to the age & ability ranges of the learners they support
Standard 14: Understand the objectives, content & intended outcomes for the learning activities in which they are involved
Standard 15: Know how to support learners in accessing the curriculum in accordance with the special education needs (SEN) code of practice & disabilities legislation
Standard 16: Know how other frameworks that support the development and well-being of children & young people, impact upon their practice
Standard 17: Use their area(s) of expertise to contribute to the planning & preparation of learning activities
Standard 18: Use their area(s) of expertise to plan their role in learning activities
Standard 19: Devise clearly structured activities that interest and motivate learners & advance their learning.
Standard 20: Plan how they will support the inclusion of the children & young people in their learning difficulties
Standard 21: Contribute to the selection & preparation of resources suitable for children & young peoples interests & abilities. 
Standard 22: Monitor learners responses to activities & modify the approach accordingly
Standard 23: Monitor learners progress in order to provide focused support & feedback
Standard 24: Support the evaluation of learners progress using a range of assessment techniques
Standard 25: Contribute to maintaining and analysing records of learners' progress
Standard 28: Use their ICT skills to advance learning
Standard 32: Organise and manage learning activities in ways which keep learners safe.

Standard 5: Recognise & respect the contribution that parents and carers can make to the development & well-being of children & young people.
Standard 8: Understand the key factors that effect children & young peoples learning & progress
Standard 10: Have sufficient understanding of their area(s) of expertise to support the development, learning & progress of children & young people
Standard 29: Advance learning when working with individuals
Standard 30: Advance learning when working with small groups
Standard 31: Advance learning when working with whole classes without the presence of the assigned teacher

In this module you will consider how to:

Ensure you are accessing and evaluating emergency theory and practice to develop professionally and update your knowledge and practice including responding to advice and feedback.
Evidence that you know how to use ICT to support professional activities
Identify that you hold the required qualifications

Standard 1: Have high expectations of children & young people with a commitment to helping them fulfil their potentials
Standard 3: Demonstrate the positive values, attitudes & behaviour they expect from children & young people
Standard 9: Know how to contribute to effective personalised provision by taking practical account of diversity
Standard 15: Know how to support learners in accessing the curriculum in accordance with the special educational needs (SEN) code of practice & legislation
Standard 20: Plan how they will support the inclusion of the children & young people in the learning activities
Standard 26: Use effective strategies to promote positive behaviour
Standard 27: Recognise & respond appropriately to situations that challenge equality of opportunity

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.

TQUK - Level 4 Teaching Assistant Award

Successful candidates will receive a certificate of achievement from TQUK. This course has been endorsed through the Training Qualifications UK endorsement scheme. The course content and depth of study required have been benchmarked against Level 4 on the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF).

Training Qualifications UK (TQUK) is Regulated as an Awarding Organisation by Ofqual, the qualification regulators for England, Wales & Northern Ireland. Endorsed programmes are designed to give formal recognition to courses in a wide range of subjects that fall outside the QCF. These are not  QCF recognised qualifications; on successful graduation from the course you will receive a Training Qualifications UK Certificate of Achievement. 

Endorsed 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 Training Qualifications UK 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 240. 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.



This course is supplied in paper format and will be delivered direct to your chosen address. Students are able to complete their course assignments using a word processing programme and email them direct to the tutor. Once received tutors will reply to you direct. We do not accept course assignments via post.

Students can normally expect to receive delivery of their course materials via courier within 3 working days of enrolment being received. However we would ask you to allow 7 working days

All students on this course will be registered to a personal tutor for 12 months who is contactable via email. 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 direct to their assigned tutor. Tutor details will be contained within your study pack. 

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.

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
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Date Added: 05/08/2014 by Summer Goodwin
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A nice friendly service so far. Cant wait to get started now. Thank you and best wishes
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