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Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA) Certificate Level 4 RQF

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The TQUK Level 4 Higher Level Teaching Assistants Certificate is a regulated qualification approved by Ofqual demonstrating to employers that you have the necessary skills to become an HLTA.

Qualification Title: TQUK Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF)
Qualification Number: 603/1432/1

Total credits: 36

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Course introduction

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A higher level teaching assistants (HLTA) does all the things that regular teaching assistants do, but the biggest difference is the increased level of responsibility within the classroom. As an HLTA, you will be responsible for ‘stepping in’ if a teacher needs to be away from the classroom for a period, and whilst a qualified teacher is sought to provide cover.

Gaining HLTA status is a recognised progression route for school support staff. HLTAs work closely with teachers to raise standards and help each student reach their full potential.

This nationally recognised Ofqual approved level 4 qualification, is aimed at people employed in a teaching assistant role who wish to progress to become a higher level teaching assistant and also to demonstrate that they are capable of achieving HLTA status.

The purpose is to develop learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to address the challenges that they meet in their workplace. They will also develop an understanding of the knowledge required to support individuals and small groups and to support individuals with a range of additional needs.

The HLTA professional standards set out exactly what is expected of teaching assistants working towards HLTA status. There are 33 standards, grouped under three main headings.

Standards 1-7 - Professional attributes
These set out the attitudes, values and commitment expected of HLTAs

Standards 8-16 - Professional knowledge and understanding
These set out the knowledge and skills needed by HLTAs to be able to work effectively with teachers as part of the professional team supporting learning

Standards 17-33 - Professional skills
These set out the expectations for planning, monitoring, managing and evaluating learning within the framework of guidance and supervision agreed with the assigned teacher and in accordance with arrangements made by the Head Teacher of the school.

While teaching assistants (TAs) play more of a support role that focuses on preparing & maintaining the classroom, displaying students’ work or working with small groups of pupils, HLTAs are more proactively involved in the actual delivery of training by:

  • Providing assistance in planning lessons
  • Having a role in producing support materials
  • Leading an entire class under supervision
  • Specialising in a given subject
  • Taking responsibility for other support staff

This additional responsibility means that HLTAs need to meet certain requirements that do not apply to lower level teaching and learning support assistants.

Because of this increased level of responsibility, HLTAs can expect to be paid a slightly higher salary than a regular teaching assistant. However pay rates are set by employers and salaries can vary quite a lot – you would expect to be paid something between £17,000 to £24,000 per year. This salary could increase with additional specialisms or Special Educational Needs (SEN) responsibilities.

Please Note: a work placement of at least 50 hours is required to complete this qualification.

Before you can complete this qualification, you must be able to obtain voluntary or paid work experience in a school, or already be working as a teaching assistant, as the role of an HLTA is to significantly improve the classroom and have impact on pupil progress. The time spent in the school should be a minimum of 50 hours.

This can be in either a primary, secondary or a special school setting. However, you MUST ensure that the pupils you work with are aged 5+ and are studying at Key Stage 1 or above. You will also need the support of a mentor from within the school who will confirm your competence and prepare and sign a testimony of your abilities against the qualification standards.

Once you have completed this course, it is the responsibility of the school to decide if you can be granted HLTA status (some schools may have additional requirements that need to be met before status can be awarded).

Total Qualification Time (TQT) for this qualification 360 hours. Total credits for the qualification is 36.

Qualification Title: TQUK Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF)
Qualification Number: 603/1432/1
Total credits: 36

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Required knowledge

There is no previous learning knowledge or experience needed to enrol on to this programme.


You will be assessed on your knowledge and skills through a mix of questions and activities which will require a range of responses. This will include descriptive answers and the completion of practical activities.

You will be expected to demonstrate competence and be able to reflect on your practice. Given that you will be currently working with children, the activities required for completion may be used in support of your specific job role.

Awarding organisation

Training Qualification UK are one of the newest, most dynamic awarding organisations in the industry, seeking to bring a fresh approach and excellent service to training providers, colleges and learners. TQUK qualifications are designed by leading professionals and delivered to centres and learners with integrity and compliance in mind. TQUK have rigorous quality assurance controls and procedures in place and are committed to maintaining the highest standards of customer service, qualification delivery and assessment.

TQUK are fully approved as an awarding organisation by Ofqual and award RQF courses in a number of sectors. RQF courses have various credits values which can be applied to the National Credit Transfer System. TQUK accredit courses which are developed by industry experts and work hand in hand with organisations ensuring the calibre and worth of courses provided.

Course modules

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

Learner support

Students will receive tutor support by email or mail (for twelve months following your initial registration). You will be assigned a personal tutor who will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have throughout the completion of your course.

Learners also have access to our student support team who are available to solve any other issues you may have. Students can feel confident that they have access to unlimited support.


What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You'll need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. We recommend that you choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the type of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course have an external assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email ‘’, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing or calling 0333 3445 690.

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