Higher Level Teaching Assistant Level 4 Certificate

Teaching Assistant Courses

The Higher Level Teaching Assistant Level 4 Certificate is suitable for those already working or volunteering in a school in the role of Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Learning Support Assistant and already qualified at Level 3. As well as having all the responsibilities that come with a Level 3 position, HLTA's may be required to take control of a classroom on their own if a teacher leaves the classroom for a period of time.

This qualification covers the 33 standards required for TA's working towards being a Higher Level Teaching Assistant.


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Qualification: Higher Level Teaching Assistant Level 4 Certificate

Awarding Body: TQUK

Support: 12 months

RQF Listed: Yes - 36 credit points (603/1432/1)

Ofqual Recognised: Yes

Estimated Study Time: 360 hours

*A placement in a school of at least five hours a week is required for the duration of the course. 



Paying in Full: £599

Paying in Stages: Your first payment will be £149, then a direct debit will be set up for ten monthly payments of £50. Only available to students with a UK bank account. 


There are many Teaching Assistant qualifications and identifying the one that suits you best can often be difficult. We have put together a guide to help you identify when a qualification is genuine and also help you choose the best one for yourself.



Support is provided for up to 12 months but it is entirely up to you how quickly you work through the course. The estimated study time is 360 hours so if you average around 9-10 hours a week study you would complete in 9-10 months.

The course is delivered hard copy in folders or emailed to you if you choose the online option. These are yours to keep so you can write on them, make notes etc. Your pack will contain everything you need to begin your course including your lessons, tutor and support information. In addition a study guide explaining how to get started along with comprehensive study notes for each element of the course is included.

Support is provided throughout the course via a tutor who can be emailed at any time should you come across anything you are unsure of. There is also a support team by telephone. Don't hesitate to ask if you are unsure!

The course is split into seven units. At the end of each unit you will complete an assignment which you will email to your tutor. An assignment is a set of questions based upon the unit you have just studied.  If there are any areas for improvements or anything that you have misunderstood you will always have the opportunity to re-submit. Alongside this you will be putting together a portfolio of evidence. Here you are documenting examples of tasks and activities you complete in the classroom. Your evidence sheets will be signed by the teacher you work alongside in the classroom.

The good news is there are no exams! Once you have completed all the assignments/portfolio work you complete the course.


You must either be employed or have access to at least one day a work voluntary in a school setting of reception class or above. This can be split, for example two mornings a week or two afternoons.

If you miss a week for any reason this is fine, the recommendation is simply to ensure you have enough time in class to gather the necessary evidence to complete the course.


Unit 1: Understand the Higher Level Teaching Assistant role

Unit 2: Child development and welfare

Unit 3: Awareness of special educational needs

Unit 4: Promoting children and young people's positive behaviour

Unit 5: Providing support for individual learners and small groups

Unit 6: Developing skills to promote positive working relationships

Unit 7: Curriculum planning, delivery and assessment



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, 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.

The course is delivered in partnership with NCC Home Learning.

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