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Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Level 4 - Expert Tutorial Support - Payment Plans - No Exams

Association of Learning


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Study method
Distance learning, self-paced
12 months
No formal qualification
  • Certificate of completion - Free
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What if you could progress your school support career, develop your skills AND improve your earning potential – would you do it?

Our online Level 4 Higher-Level Teaching Assistant course has been designed for those who have a passion for working with children and wish to progress to the next level, and enable you to move beyond your current Teaching Assistant role.

And the good news is – you can complete this at your own pace, in your own time and from the comfort of your own home!


Course Benefits

Comprised of 5 in-depth units, our course covers everything you need to achieve success within a Higher-Level Teaching Assistant Role. From child development and welfare to promoting positive behaviour in the classroom; this course is a fantastic asset to your CV and the working relationships you establish with teachers.

This course is also designed to complement your existing practical work, by supplying you with the theoretical knowledge to expand on your current skills and take on greater responsibilities in your role. It will also give you the opportunity to explore elements of your job that you’ve previously not been involved in.

This course will:

  • Enable you to combat workplace challenges by developing your knowledge, understanding and skills.
  • Broaden your knowledge on how to support individuals, small groups and those with additional needs.
  • Increase your responsibility levels within the classroom by enabling you to assist the teacher with lesson planning, creating support materials and managing other support staff.
  • Enable you to work with teachers to raise teaching standards within the school as well as ensure students are able to reach their true potential.
  • Boost your earning potential and salary grade.

More importantly, you can experience the joys of working within a wholly satisfying and rewarding career.

Course Units

Unit 1: Communication and Positive Relationships

  • Communicating Effectively and Sensitively with Children, Young People, Colleagues, Parents and Carers
  • Encouraging Children’s Positive Behaviour to Maintain Positive Relationships
  • The Importance of Communication and Being Professional in Your Approach to Working Relationships

Unit 2: Curriculum, Planning and Assessment of Students

  • The National Curriculum
  • Special Educational Needs (SEN) Legislation and Codes of Practice
  • ICT Curriculum
  • Curriculum Planning
  • Delivery of Learning Activities
  • What Type of Support is Required
  • Supervision
  • Risks and Hazards
  • Health and Safety
  • Safety Equipment

Unit 3: Child Development Stages

  • Basic Principles & Stages of Children’s and Young People’s Development
  • What is a ‘Safe and Healthy’ Environment
  • Stages of Development
  • Physical Development and Skills
  • Communication and Intellectual Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Supporting Children and Young People through Transitions in their Lives
  • The importance of parents and carers in the development and well-being of children and young people

Unit 4: Personal Professional Development

  • Accessing and Evaluating Emerging Theory and Practice to Develop Professionally and Update Your Knowledge and Practice
  • Knowing How to Use ICT to Support Professional Activities
  • Evidencing the Required Qualifications

Unit 5: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

  • What is equality & diversity?
  • Legislation
  • Multi-Agency Teams
  • Special Educational Needs (SEN)
  • Models of disability
  • How do we communicate effectively and develop working relationships with other practitioners and professionals?
  • Removing Barriers to Learning for Pupils with Communication and Interaction Difficulties


Our course takes on average 180 hours to finish and is assessed based on a series of written assignments and questions (requiring descriptive answers) that will test your course knowledge on a unit by unit basis. Within these assignments, you will need to be able to demonstrate your knowledge to your personal tutor, as well as be able to reflect on your practice when applied within the workplace.

The good news is – you can start our online course at any time – making it ideal for those wishing to combine their studies with their existing job commitments. All we ask is that you complete these units within a year of your registration.


There are no requirements to have completed any courses to be able to enrol on this course – you do not have to be employed as a Teaching Assistant either.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.