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TQUK Higher Level Teaching Assistant Level 4 Diploma (RQF)

Teaching Assistant Level 4 HLTA qualifications online. The newly introduced Level 4 Diploma 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 qualification 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. We estimate, the majority of our learners will compete this course within 8-10 months. The more you log in the quicker you complete! 

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

Qualification: TQUK Level 4 Diploma in Higher Level Teaching Assistant RQF 
Support: 12 months support & course access included 
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year 
Price: Interest-Free Finance - Guaranteed Finance *

The HLTA Level 4 Diploma covers all of the units carried out on the HLTA Level 3 Award and the HLTA Level 4 Certificate plus 3 additional units relating to safeguarding, personal development and exploring methodologies in Education research. 

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Course Details

Course Syllabus

Learners will complete 10 units of study in total as listed below.
10 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

Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children & Young People

Understand the main legislation guidelines, policies and procedures safeguarding Children& Young People
Understand the importance of working in partnership with other organisations to safeguard children and young people
Understand the importance of protection in the work setting
Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused or harmed
Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person is being bullied.
Understand how to work with children & Young people to support their safety and wellbeing.
Understand the importance of e-safety for children & young people.

Engage in Personal Development in Health, Social Care or Children’s Settings

Understand what is required for competence in own work role
Be able to reflect on practice.
Be able to evaluate own performance
Be able to agree a personal development plan
Be able to use learning opportunities and reflective practice to contribute to personal development

Exploring Methodologies in Educational Research

Understand the range of educational research and data analysis methods
Understand issues associated with using research and systematic investigation
Understand how to write up, report and disseminate a piece of educational research.

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) – 197 Hours
Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 720 Hours

On average, learners will complete this course within 8-10 months.

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


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.



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.

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Payments plans - Guaranteed acceptance for UK students only!

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:

Example: Based on a Max finance agreement of £600

Aged 21 and above (Maximum age 75)
Employed or self employed with a minimum income of £7,200 PA (£600.00 PCM take home pay)
Permanent resident in the UK for a min of 3 years
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
You are not bankrupt or in an IVA.

Under 21 – We will require a willing parent, guardian or family member to take out the finance for your studies on your behalf.

Please note: We do not carry out credit checks if you meet the above criteria. You may be asked for evidence of income.

Alternative payment plans may be available for those that do not meet these conditons. 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 log in has been issued or your study pack received at the requested delivery address, you have 14 days to ensure this course meets your needs and requirements. If you are not happy for any reason at all, simply email our accounts department with your request to cancel on [email protected]. We will offer a full refund. No questions asked !

Please note: Any request to cancel outside the 14 days cancellation period will be declined. We will not refund you under any circumstances outside of the legal 14 day cooling off period. If you have agreed student finance and opted to pay monthly, you are legally obliged to pay the balance of your fees once the 14 day period expires.

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