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HLTA - Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF)

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Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF)
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The Learning College Group offers this HLTA Level 4 Higher Level Teaching Assistant qualification that is fully Regulated and accepted in all schools across the UK. This HLTA qualification enables you to work with children between the ages of 5-18 years.

Our TQUK Level 4 HLTA Teaching Assistant (RQF) Qualification is a fully recognised qualification regulated by Ofqual, of which is accepted within schools throughout the UK in the teaching sector.

In recent years the role of the HLTA Teaching Assistant has developed to become both recognised and professional, in which qualifications exist at a number of levels, this qualification being the 'highest' at Level 4.



Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF)

Regulated by Ofqual


Full recruitmnent support is given to all learners passing their qualifications, to help them find jobs within Primary & Secondary schools across the UK

Aims and Objectives HLTA Qualification

The TQUK Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF) Qualification is to enable you to gain your recognised Higher Level Teaching Assistant qualification.

This qualification will enable you to apply for Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) positions within any school across the UK. It is fully Regulated by OFQUAL and is also OFSTED approved.

Who is this qualification for?

The TQUK Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF) Qualification course is designed for people whom wish to become, a higher level teaching assistant (HLTA)

OFQUAL Qualification Details

Qualification reference number – 603/1432/1

Credit Value – 36


Certification Fee

The HLTA Certification fee for this qualification is £95.00 of which is only payable upon successful completion.

HLTA Units Covered

HLTA Unit 1Understand the Higher-Level Teaching Assistant Role

Learner Outcomes:

  • Understand the functions of and requirements for being a Higher Level Teaching Assistant
  • Understand the requirements for continuing professional development specific to the role of the Higher Level Teaching Assistant
  • Understand how to work as a team and share effective practice with colleagues

HLTA Unit 2 – Child development and welfare

Learner Outcomes:

  • 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 and young people

HLTA Unit 3 – Awareness of special educational needs

Learner Outcomes:

  • Understand the special educational needs 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 and yound 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 and young people with English as an additional language

HLTA Unit 4 – Promoting positive behaviour in children and young people

Learner Outcomes:

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

HLTA Unit 5 – Providing support for individual learners and small groups

Learner Outcomes:

  • Provide support for individual learners
  • Provide support for small groups of learners

HLTA Unit 6 – Developing skills to promote positive working relationships

Learner Outcomes:

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

HLTA Unit 7 – Curriculum planning, delivery and assessment

HLTA Learner Outcomes:

  • 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 and learning
  • 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

HLTA Assessments

Assessments are a great way of checking your progress allowing you to apply your learning to real-world situations. Through the TQUK Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF) Qualification, you will be assessed by a series of written assignments, which are submitted to and marked by your tutor along with classroom observations within your placement.

All assignments are set by TQUK. Upon verification of the activities, exercises and assignments, a certificate of achievement will be awarded by TQUK, as confirmation that your written work and your classroom observations have met all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for this qualification.

A work placement of at least 50 hours is required to complete this option. This workplace must be in a school setting. This can either be a primary, secondary or a special needs school however, you need to also ensure that the pupils you work with are aged 5+ and are studying at Key Stage 1 or above.

As part of this work placement you must first ensure that a member of staff with occupational competence is able to provide supervision and sign the witness testimonies. This is to prove you have achieved the work based learning outcomes of this course.

Please note: There is no examination required for this HLTA course.

What’s included

You will have access to a personal 1-2-1 Tutor, via email, phone and via messenger on our learner platform. Your Tutor will mark your work and guide you through the course step by step in order to help you prepare for your assignments. You will be provided with all course materials in order to complete your TQUK Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF) Qualification.

You will also have full support from your Tutoring team throughout your study to ensure you have the best learning experience.

HLTA Study Time

The guided study hours to complete your TQUK Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF) Qualification are an approximate figure and are dependent upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. You should allow enough time to complete assignments/ question papers to ensure satisfactory outcomes are met.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the TQUK Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF) Qualification is: 137 hours.

You will have an initial 12 months in which to complete this HLTA qualification.

Who is this course for?

This course if for anyone aged 16 and over, looking to become a HLTA Teaching Assistant Qualification or already practicing HLTA's looking to gain the official qualification.


  • You must:

    • Be working in an appropriate school for a minimum of 12 hours per week or 50 hours over the duration of the qualification. This can include voluntary or unpaid work.
    • Have a colleague who is willing to work in the capacity of an Expert Witness for you throughout the duration of the qualification, to complete the Observations and Expert Witness Testimonies. Your Expert Witness must hold either a Specialist HLTA qualification at Level 4, or a Teaching Qualification at a minimum of Level 4.
    • Over the age of 16 years

Career path

Higher Level Teaching Assistant/Classroom Assistant


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