TQUK Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants


TQUK Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA)

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Achieve HLTA status after completing this qualification

This TQUK Level 4 Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) course is designed for existing Teaching Assistants to take the next step up to HLTA level. The qualification includes multiple units as well as both written and practical assessments to give an in-depth knowledge into what it takes to become a HLTA and ensure that students of the course develop their knowledge of various areas of practice.

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About this Level 4 Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA) Course

Our TQUK Level 4 HLTA qualification allows teaching assistants to become qualified HLTAs within a school or college. HLTA status is highly regarded and allows holders to apply for job roles at this level within education. This course enables you to work towards HLTA status from home and at your own pace, navigating through the written and practical assignments with the assistance of a supportive tutor every step of the way.

Study Time: 360 hours
Enrolment length: 12 months
Course Format: Online
Entry Requirements: Learners must be employed in a suitable role within a school or college. Previous Level 3 study is a clear advantage but wealth of experience, knowledge and understanding working in schools or colleges is a requirement for this qualification.

Upon completion of this qualification, students are awarded a TQUK Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants certificate and an OLC Certificate. All certification fees are included in your course fees. This qualification is suitable for a range of different career paths in settings such as:

  • Existing Teaching Assistants
  • HLTAs
  • Specialist support workers


To gain the full TQUK Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA) certification you will need to submit and pass all of the tutor marked assignments and practical assessments. There are 6 written assignments in the course and 8 practical assessments. There is no need to purchase any textbooks as we provide all of the lessons and materials required to learn the syllabus.

There is no formal exam and the certification fee is included in the course fees.

For further information, go to: www.tquk.org/. Qualification Code 603/1432/1

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All of our students are given access to our online campus through their own personal login and password. Once logged in you can access your course materials, lessons, resources and assignments in your own time. Assignments are uploaded through your account and the process is easy intuitive. Our online campus includes:

  • 24/7/365 access to all of your course materials- all lessons, assignments and resources are available from the moment you enrol
  • Instant access to your course after you enrol- start studying immediately!
  • Integrated chat and messaging systems so that you can contact your tutor
  • Online assignment uploads to save time in returning marks and feedback.
  • Links to further resources and information available on courses
  • Self-led learning on all courses- study in your own time and work through your assignments at your own pace
  • Safe e-portfolio of your work is kept under lock and key on our secure servers
  • Progress bar to show the work you have completed and how many tasks you still have to complete on your course
  • Detailed help centre with step-by-step instructions on getting the most from your course and how to upload assignments and contact your tutor


To pass this course learners must pass 6 written assignments and 8 practical assessments. These are completed after navigating through the corresponding lessons and writing your answers to assignment questions. Once these have been read and marked by your personal tutor, feedback and marks are provided to students which contain helpful tips to improve work in future assignments.

This HLTA course requires a combination of written assignments and practical assessments. You therefore must have a job or voluntary placement in a school or college environment in order to complete this course. The course is assessed by both knowledge based written assignments and practical tasks (which are witnessed by a colleague).

Enrolment Length

All of our courses are allocated plenty of time for students to complete their studies and all materials are self-led so that you can complete the course at your own pace. Should you require additional time on one of our courses you can extend your enrolment by 30 days for an additional fee of £60.

As well as this we operate a 14 day money back guarantee on every one of our qualifications- that’s how confident we are of how you will love studying with us!

TQUK Level 4 HLTA Course Content

The TQUK Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants course assesses the following units:

Unit 1 – Understand the Higher Level Teaching Assistant Role

In this unit, learners will consider diverse approaches to pedagogy that influence holistic learning in children and young people. The learner will also explore statutory planning and monitoring requirements in their own UK home nation.

Topics in this unit include:

  • 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 a colleague

Unit 2 – Child Development and Welfare

Through this unit, you will explore the work of some of the many theorists whose theoretical perspectives cover a variety of ideas for all areas of child development.

Topics in this unit include:

  • 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

Unit 3 – Awareness of Special Educational Needs

This unit will help you to build on your confidence and knowledge surrounding the importance of special educational needs and disabilities and will enable you to mentor other practitioners and work in partnership with parents/carers and other professionals.

Topics in this unit include:

  • Understand the special educational needs and 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 young 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

Unit 4 – Promoting Positive Behaviour in Children and Young People

In this unit, the learner will explore how to manage and respond to behaviour that challenges in children and young people. The unit will examine a range of strategies that can be used in response to negative behaviour.

Topics in this unit include:

  • Understand policies and procedures which promote positive 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

Unit 5 – Providing Support for Individual Learners and Small Groups

Through this unit, you will explore some of the diverse needs of families, and reflect on how best to overcome barriers to partnership working with families.

Topics in this unit include:

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

Unit 6 – Developing Skills to Promote Positive Working Relationships

This unit will explain how to communicate with children, young people, parents, carers and colleagues. The information outlines the different types of communication such as verbal and written.

Topics in this unit include:

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

Unit 7 – Curriculum Planning, Delivery and Assessment

In this final unit, you will explore the planning and assessment of children and young people. The unit will show the importance of doing assessments and the outcomes for children.

Topics in this unit include:

  • 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

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.


The most important tool that all of our students have at their disposal is their tutor. When studying for a course with us you are assigned a personal tutor with indepth knowledge and experience in your chosen subject.

You are strongly advised to make use of your tutors expertise and ask questions about the course content. Your assignments are marked by your personal tutor and detailed feedback is given. As well as this your tutor will provide you with pointers and advice on where you can improve- this helps you to get the most from your courses and constantly improve your skills.


TQUK Certification

Included in the cost of this course is certification with TQUK. TQUK are an Ofqual-approved awarding body that develop nationally recognised qualifications in a variety of sectors. These qualifications are then taught by TQUK centres throughout the world to the highest levels possible.

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TQUK is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators (‘regulators’) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the TQUK Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants Course regulated?

Yes this course is fully regulated through Ofqual which means it is recognised by all employers and linked to national standards. The course has qualification number 603/1432/1 and a total qualification time of 360 hours. TQUK stands for Training Qualifications UK and they are one of the most innovative and cutting edge awarding bodies in the country. Each of their qualifications are regulated through Ofqual, resulting in nationally recognised achievement.

Could I apply for HLTA jobs with this course?

Yes you can. This course is a Level 4 and is equivalent to a HLTA qualification so you can work as a Higher Level teaching Assistant (HLTA) once you have finished.

What is included in the cost of the TQUK Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants course?

The cost of this course includes everything needed to pass. Your lessons, tutor support and certification costs are all included in the price with no additional costs at any stage. Should you wish to buy paper versions of the course materials you can do so on the checkout for £35 extra but this is optional.

What entry requirements are there for this course?

You should only enrol on this course if you have a strong background working in schools and colleges. A previous Level 3 TA qualification is preferred but not essential.

How long do I have to study?

This HLTA course has an enrolment length of 12 months included from the date you enrol. This is plenty of time to complete the assignments but you can purchase additional time for £60 per month should you need longer to finish the assignments.

Do I have to sit an exam?

No, there are no exams on this course. Everything is assessed through coursework which you can submit at any time within the enrolment length.

Am I assigned a tutor for this course?

Yes – all students are assigned to a personal tutor who will be in charge of your tuition. The same tutor marks all of your work as well as being available to answer any questions you may have throughout your enrolment period.

Do I need to be working to do the TQUK Level 4 Higher Level Teaching Assistants course?

Yes, you do need a work placement. This placement can be paid or voluntary. The placement will allow you to complete the practical aspects of the course which requires you to undertake certain activities and have a colleague sign a witness testimony to verify completion.

Can I speak to someone before I enrol?

Of course. Our helpful course advisors are on hand from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday. Contact us on our online chat or by calling 0800 772 0887 to discuss this course.

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