Higher Level Teaching Assistant Level 4 Certificate (RQF)

Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants

This Teaching Assistant (HLTA) home study course is provided for students employed in a teaching assistant role who would like the opportunity of progressing onto Higher Level Teaching Assistant Status.

Students will learn how to address challenges created within the workplace. They will develop an understanding of the knowledge and skills required to support individuals, including those with a range of additonal needs and small groups.

Students successfully completing this course will gain a fully recognised qualification.

Accredited Yes
RQF Recognised: Yes
Awarding Body: TQUK - Training Qualifications UK
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
Duration: Approx 1 Year - 12 Months Support included - Extendable by 6 months 
Credit Value: 36


Higher Level Teaching Assistant Level 4 Certificate (RQF)

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Course Fee: Starting at: £499.00

​​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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Understand the functions of and requirements for being a Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Understand the requirements for continuing professional development specific to the role
Understand how to work as a team and share effective practice with colleagues

Understand the phases of child development
Be able to analyse the factors that affect children's development
Understand the impact that parents and carers can have on the welfare and development of a child
Understand how support frameworks can influence the development and welfare of children and young people


Understand the special educational needs code of practice and disabilities legislation which relate to supporting learners.
Understand the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion legislation and codes of practice
Understand how to support children and young people who have special educatiional needs
Understand the special educational requirements of learners with sensory and/or physical impairmants
Understand how to provide support for children and young people with english as an additional language

Understand policies and procedures which promote positive behaviour in children & young people
Promote positive behaviours in children & young people
Address challenging & inappropriate behaviour from children & young people
Contribute to reviews of behaviour and behaviour management policies

Provide support for individual learners
Provide support for small groups of learners

Be able to communicate with children, young people, colleagues, parents & carers
Be able to work collaboratively with colleagues

Plan & deliver lessons which meet the objectives and intended outcomes of learning activities designed for a range of age groups and abilities
Understand how to use the ICT skills to support teaching & learning
Use a range of strategies to set learning objectives and monitor progress and attainment
Be able to monitor learners' progress through maintaining and analysing records

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

Have completed a Level 3 Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools course or equivalent.
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 should be working/volunteering within a school setting to enrol on this course. Minimum 1 day per week for duration of course (Approx 1 Year)

TQUK - Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level ~Teaching Assistants

Qualification ref:  603/1432/1
Credit value: 36
Awarding body: TQUK - Training Qualifications UK

This course provides successful students with a fully recognised qualification from TQUK, listed on the QCF (qualifications and credit framework) database. TQUK is recognised as an awarding organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: the office of the qualifications and examinations regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government and the council for curriculum, examinations and assessment (CCA) in Northern Ireland. 

Receipt of Certification: Certification is awarded by TQUK and can take up to 12 weeks to be received afer 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 360. Students should allow 7-10 months to complete. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely.

We would encourage students to seriously 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 achieve, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likely you are to get them on your side.

If you require additional time an extension may be available as long as you have completed 50% of the assignments.  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 time scale  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 let’s 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 14 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 in addition to any postage charges incurred by us.

All returns must remain unused and in resalable condition. This complies with distance selling regulations. All students are welcome to return their course to us for any reason as long as we have been notified within the 14 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 0121 288 0181 if you have any questions regarding our cancellation and returns policy. It will only cost you a phone call

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