Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants


Up to 9 Months

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

As a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) you are responsible for all the regular tasks and responsibilities of a day to day teaching assistant. In addition to this you will also be responsible for teaching classes on your own, cover planned absences and to also enable teachers time to plan and mark work.

Under the direction of teachers, HLTA’s often plan, prepare and deliver lessons to both pupils on an individual basis along with teaching in small groups. On a short term basis a HLTA will also teach ‘whole’ classes, assess work and record pupils progress.

Many HLTAs have a role to play outside the classroom, as well: they may manage other classroom-based staff, develop a specialist curriculum area within the school and often liaise with parents and carers on sensitive issues for particular pupils.

Our 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)

Course Contents

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 positive behaviour in children and young people

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

You will have access to a Tutor, via email, phone and our learner platform, who will mark your work and guide you through the course to help you prepare for your assignments. You will be provided with all course materials in order to complete your 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.

The guided study hours to complete your 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 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 qualification.

Delivery Mode

This programme is fully assessed online via tutor marked assignments.

Upon completion of each module the learner will be required to complete a series of tasks, requiring essay style answers, which are sent to the tutor for marking. Observation of certain tasks by a competent person (manager) will also be required.

Upon completion of all the course assignments the work is then subject to internal and external moderation to ensure consistency, fairness and that all standards have been properly applied and met.

Please Note: 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 special school, however you MUST 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, to prove you have achieved the work based learning outcomes of this course.


To become an HLTA you need to already be working as a teaching assistant and have support from your head teacher.

Schools and local authorities no longer receive government funding to train HLTAs, so you must discuss funding with your school. It is also up to headteachers to approach relevant training providers and organise assessments by way of expert witness.