TQUK Higher Level Teaching Assistant Level 4 Award (RQF)


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    HLTA courses online. The newly introduced Level 4 Award 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 

    Learners are able to register for this HLTA 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 6 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 2-3 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 Award in Higher Level Teaching Assistant RQF 
    Support: 6 months support & course access included 
    Start Date: Anytime – We enrol 365 days a year 

    Unlike the HLTA Level 4 Certificate and the HLTA Level 4 Diploma. The HLTA Level 4 Award requires no placement hours. So, if access to the classroom setting is not currently available, this course may provide a solution. You can even top this course up to become the certificate or diploma, if and when classroom access becomes a possibility. 

    Course Syllabus

    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

    Entry Requirements

    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

    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 

    Students do not require a placement to complete this course. 

    Course Duration

    Online course access and tutor support are provided for 6 months,  all included in the fee. Complete to suit within this time frame.

    Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – 37 Hours
    Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 120 Hours

    On average, learners will complete this course within 2-3 months.

    Qualification Awarded

    TQUK Level 4 Award Higher Level Teaching Assistant (RQF)

    Qualification ref:  610/2726/1
    Credit value: 12
    Awarding body: TQUK – Training Qualifications 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 to 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 continual assessment.

    Optional Extras

    This course comes with an optional extra

    1-1 tutor sessions:

    For a £30.00 fee, all learners on this course have the option to arrange a 1-1 zoom meeting with their tutor. Here you will have your tutors undivided attention to ask anything you want for a maximum of 30 minutes per session. All we ask is that you let your tutor know in advance what you would like to discuss so they can prepare. This allows you to get the maximum from your session. 

    All sessions can be booked with your tutor at a mutual time to suit. 


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