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Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants - Level 4


The Level 4 Certificate is aimed at teaching assistants who have some experience and want to further develop their role and increase the responsibility they have in the classroom. This course will help you gain the knowledge and skills to develop your career.

Course code: 320

Duration: Up to 12 Months

Accreditation: TQUK

Level: 4

Who can apply?

This Level 4 Certificate is designed for people who are already employed as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or who want to work as a TA and can access, either paid or voluntary, a suitable school setting in order to complete the assignments.  This can be a primary, secondary or special school and applicants will ideally have some experience of whole class learning.

Applicants with a recognised TA qualification at level 2 or 3 are welcome to apply, as are TAs with relevant professional experience.

Cohorts will typically be starting termly throughout 2021.  If you are interested in joining our autumn term programme please submit an expression of interest which can be found at the foot of this page.

Please note: This qualification is not eligible for apprenticeship funding.


Programme Details

This course is aimed at people already employed as Teaching Assistants who are looking to progress in their career.  It will enable learners to have a greater understanding about supporting teaching and learning with individuals, small groups and pupils with SEN.

Modules will cover:

  • Awareness of SEN and inclusion
  • Child development
  • Planning, delivery and assessment
  • Behaviour
  • Supporting learners and small groups
  • Understanding the HLTA role
  • Promoting positive working relationships

The HLTA course features:

  • Accreditation by Training Qualifications UK (TQUK)
  • Up-to-the-minute content
  • Online learning (including a series of online workshops, plus online materials to work through at learners' own pace)
  • Programmes start termly during 2021
  • Prices for full programes include TQUK accreditation

This qualification will enable you to:

  • Enhance the support offered to pupils and staff, enabling pupils to meet their full potential
  • Develop your own professional knowledge, understanding and confidence when working with groups and whole classes
  • Gain career progression and increased earning potential

We welcome expressions of interest from individuals wanting to join our national programme or from multi academy trusts, Local Authorities or other education establishments who would be interested in a cohort contextualised for their trust or schools.  Our first national programme is due to start in September 2021 and we are currently looking for expressions of interest from potential students.



Higher Level Teaching Assistant - What is the cost?

The cost of the Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants is just £549 (+VAT) and will include the TQUK accreditation.

Submit your Expression of Interest now here to ensure a place on the programme.

Further information

Please download the following information to help you with your application;


HLTA Terms and Conditions

HLTA Information for Employers

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