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TQUK Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Level 4 Certificate (RQF)

Higher Level Teaching Assistant HLTA fully online Course Level 4 is provided for students already qualified at LV3 & employed in a teaching assistant role. If not already qualified at Level 3 then you you may be interested in our TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching Learning in Schools RQF

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 additional needs and small groups.

Learners are able to register for this course online at anytime. We enrol 365 days a year, providing learners with complete flexibility to enrol at a time to suit their own circumstances. The course lessons, resources and tutor support are all provided by our online learning platform The Laser. Access to the course is provided for a 12 month period, However learners are able to log in out as much as they wish if they are hoping to complete sooner. On average, the majority of our learners will compete this course within 5-7 months. The more you log in the quicker you complete! 

The demand for qualified HLTA's is high. Try the National Careers Service for an indication of potential salary or one of the national job websites online and see for yourself. The opportunities are endless once qualified. Don't hesitate any longer, make the change today. Realise your dreams and ambitions with UK Open College. Enrol online now! Why wait any longer?

Students successfully completing this Higher Level Teaching Assistant Course will gain a fully recognised RQF qualification

Qualification: TQUK Level 4 Certificate in Higher Leavel Teaching Assistant RQF 
Support: 1-year support included 
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year 
Price: Interest-Free Finance - Guaranteed Finance *

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Course Details

Course Syllabus

Learners will complete 7 units of study in total as listed below.
7 tutor-marked assignments to complete

Understand the Higher Level TA role

Understand the functions and requirements for being a HLTA
Understand the requirements for CPD specific to the role of the HLTA
Understand how to work as a team & share specific effective practice with colleagues

Child Development & Welfare

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 & young people.

Awareness of special educational needs

Understand the SEN 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 & young people who have special educational needs
Understand the special educational requirements of learners with sensory and/or physical impairments
Understand how to provide support for children & young people with English as as additional language

Promoting Positive Behaviour

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

Providing Support for Individual Learners & Small Groups

Provide support for Individual learners
Provide support for small groups of learners

Developing Skills to Promote Positive Working Relationships

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

Curriculum Planning, Delivery & Assessment

Plan and 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 ICT skills to support teaching & learning

Entry Requirements

Learners should already be qualified as a Level 3 TA and hold one of the following qualifications: 

Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools (RQF/QCF)

Level 3 Diploma in Speclialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools (RQF/QCF)

NVQ Teaching Assistant Level 3  or equivalent

Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools (Minimum 2 years Experience). Letter of confirmation from your school will be required. 

If you have experience as a TA, but hold no qualifications, then you may be accepted on the basis of experience (Minimum 1 years experience). Letter of confirmation from your school will be required. Please contact us prior to enrolment if this is the case 

A placement either employed or voluntary is required for a minimum of 1 day per week for the duration of the whole Course. The placement must be in a classroom setting (Reception or above). International Students must be based in a school that follows the UK Curriculum

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


Course Duration

Online course access and tutor support are provided for 12 months,  all included in the fee. Complete to suit within this time frame.

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – 87 Hours
Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 360 Hours

On average, learners will complete this course within 7 months.

Qualification Awarded.

TQUK Level 4 Certificate Higher Level Teaching Assistant (RQF)

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

Training Qualifications UK

This course provides successful students with a fully recognised qualification from TQUK, listed on the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework). TQUK is recognised as an awarding organisation by the qualification regulators for England and Northern Ireland, who are: the office of the qualifications and examinations regulator (OFQUAL) in England, and the council for curriculum, examinations and assessment (CCA) in Northern Ireland.

Please note: This qualification is not recognised in Scotland or Wales.

Tutors & Support

All learners have access to a qualified tutor via email for the stated support period. In addition to this, you are able to speak to our support team via telephone with any query you may have relating your course.

Our tutors and support team have years of experience in delivering online and distance learning courses. If you require help, then we are only a phone call away.

Study Method - The Laser

Learners are able to access their course lessons via our LASER online learning platform.  Access your lessons, complete your assignments and contact your tutor all in one convenient place. 

As long as you have an internet connection you can access your course 24/7. You are able to access our online platform on the following link Laser Online Learning Platform

Laser Online Platform


Each course on the laser follows our unique Laser Lessons formula, and consists of:

  • A filmed tutorial with a professional presenter and accompanying text for those with hearing difficulties
  • Selected reading available in PDF format and also from trusted websites
  • A presentation to give further explanation of a specific topic
  • Good practice example videos, including videos scripted by Laser Systems for Canal Wharf Studios to cover specific criteria
  • An interactive quiz to test knowledge gained
  • Evidence opportunities which allow the learner to produce work towards their course
  • Extended learning materials for those who want to develop their skills and knowledge even further

A think and challenge activity which asks the learner to put the knowledge they have gained towards a real-life scenario

See an example of one of our good practice video’s available below on the Laser. 




Course Induction - Zoom

As part of the enrolment process for this course, all leaners are required to attend a course induction with one of our friendly assessors. These are normally carried out within 7 days of receiving course access. Inductions are carried out using Zoom and are compulsory for all students registered on this course. You are able to download Zoom totally free of charge here Zoom Induction

This is a great way of meeting one of our assessors who will introduce you to the functions of our learning platform The Laser and answer any questions you may have before progressing. Inductions are provided on a regular basis at times to suit all. 

course Induction



Learners will be required to complete a series of tutor-marked assignments ( normally 1 after each unit) as they progress through this course. Each assignment will contain a variety of tasks/questions. These assignments are assessed by your tutor to monitor progress. You will be provided with constructive feedback to help you in completing each unit to the required standard.

There is no examination to complete as the course is completed using a continual assessment.

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✅ Qualified Tutors – Fast assignment turnaround

*NUS/TOTUM Student cards are only available to students who are studying a fully recognised RQF/QCF course of 120 study hours or more. £12 fee per year applies.

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Payments plans - Guaranteed acceptance*

Select whether to pay in full upon enrolment or opt to pay a deposit and spread the cost with our Interest-free payment plan.  *Guaranteed acceptance for those who meet the following conditions:

Aged 18 and above (Maximum age 75)
Permanent resident in the UK
Be able to provide 3 years of address history from the UK
Have a UK bank account that accepts direct debits
Hold a valid UK credit or debit card

Please note: We do not carry out credit checks

Alternative payment plans may be available for those that do not meet these conditions. Please speak to a member of our team who will be happy to assist on 0121 792 3872.

Applicants choosing the monthly option will be required to complete and sign a financial agreement for the remaining payments.  All payments to be set up via direct debit.  We are only able to set up monthly payments for students resident in the UK. 

Please note: Once a payment plan is set up, you are liable to pay the course fees in full whether you complete the course or not.  Please ensure the monthly repayments are affordable before agreeing to any payment plan offered.

14 Day Money Back Guarantee

Once received at your requested delivery address, you have 14 days to ensure this course meets your needs and requirements. If for any reason you are not happy, simply return your course pack unused for a refund.*

*Minus postage. An admin fee is deducted from any deposit refunded if a finance plan is arranged and then cancelled.

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